Even the most self-aware humans can experience periods of confusion, stuckness, and destabilization, and most often our suffering comes from unconscious sources. I have dedicated my training and education as a helping professional to learn the most I can about how to unlock messages from the unconscious in order to promote healing and well-being. I also strive to arm my clients with concrete tools to use on their own, long after our work together is completed.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Practitioner, and have a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. This allows me to draw from a spectrum of creative, alternative and traditional therapeutic approaches to meet each individual’s unique needs. I consider the whole person as I build upon each client’s personal strengths and intrinsic health to promote confidence and a sense of well-being as well as a deeper connection to self and others. I have over a decade’s experience helping people heal, blending a variety of nontraditional and expressive therapeutic approaches with evidence-based interventions to meet the individual needs of the people I serve. I specialize in trauma, and have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
Traditional talk-therapy helps many people process through difficult times and generate insight into toxic patterns. However, this approach also has its limitations for some: at times when we are really stuck, talking about it can further entrench old patterns without offering a sense of relief. The modalities for helping people heal and transform that I use most often in my sessions are AIT and Art Therapy, because language alone isn’t always enough to fully express or understand our experiences. Art Therapy can access deeper parts of ourselves, uncover entrenched patterns, connect us to our inner child, facilitate a mindbody-spirit connection, provide an opportunity to literally look at things differently, and inspire the healing process. And, as a trained Art Therapist, I have always valued the unconscious as a force of healing potential. AIT uses the wisdom in your own physical body to quickly and gently reveal messages from the unconscious and help us remove blocks that get in our way. Exploring AIT both personally and professionally has convinced me of its ability to transform struggle and trauma of all kinds into resilience and vitality of the human spirit.
To me, therapy is a collaborative journey and I help people deal with a range of difficulties, whether they are facing some of life’s bigger questions, dealing with change and life transitions, or supporting more severe mental health symptom management. My intention is to empower and bear witness to others evolving into their best life, regardless of the circumstances leading them through the door. Committing to authenticity, genuine connection, direct communication, mutual trust, and a therapeutic alliance, I create a nonjudgmental and safe place for self-discovery and healing. I believe we are all capable of identifying internal resources to overcome obstacles, move through difficult experiences, and unlock our fullest potential. We may even surprise ourselves along the way as we open the door to greater self-awareness and uncover a path to wellness.
Call me at (828) 367-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to partner in your personal healing journey.