Individual Therapy & Trauma Therapy

We do our best to facilitate a relaxing and non-threatening healing space you’ll want to return to again and again. This includes the implementation of multiple techniques to prevent treatment discomfort and minimize anxiety.

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I believe with my whole being that we all struggle, and would all benefit from the support of a mental health professional throughout our life. I am passionate about providing a space of safety for you to work with intention to heal old wounds that are causing distress, dysregulation and disruption in your daily life… a safe space to explore your values and desires…a safe space to embody and trust your truest self with confidence…a safe space to honor and ask for what you need…a safe space to explore your boundaries. I am passionate about providing this space to those who wish to do the hard work of intentional healing.

Our body and mind are one fluid system. Culturally, we encourage care for our physical ailments, but put less importance on healing our mind and growing mental wellness. Establishing a routine of individual therapy, in my opinion, gives you access to preventative “wellness checks” as well as a relationship with a provider who can be available when life is in a more difficult stage. I am grateful to have my own therapy space to process the ups and downs of my personal journey. I strive to provide that for each and every one of my clients.

“What we achieve inwardly will change our outer reality.”
- Plutarch

Individual therapy will help you gain knowledge about why you respond to things the way you do, and give you a framework for understanding why you may feel stuck in certain aspects of life. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities to tailor treatment to your individual needs and goals. Whether you are at the beginning of your therapy journey or continuing on your path towards better health and feeling more balanced in your body, I will be beside you in the process. Therapy can help you become more conscious about yourself, your world, and your relationships. Our therapy sessions can help resolve many of the conflicts and stresses that affect nearly everyone.

Did you know…

  • Therapy is a preventative health care treatment for the mind and body because your relationships, emotions, patterns, and life events all have a significant impact on health.
  • One-on-one therapy is designed to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety, perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, transition to parenthood, trauma work, and so much more. Check out my areas of focus below to see more.
  • Good forms of therapy don’t just focus on talking, they focus on giving the patient coping skills and techniques to manage their emotions and understand their thoughts.
  • To treat clients, therapists need at least 7 to 10 years of education and certification, and must be licensed by the state to claim a therapist or counselor’s title.

Areas of Focus for Individual Therapy

In one-on-one counseling, we will explore your innate strengths and your best resources and build on things that bring you peace and joy.

What Is Resourcing and Why Would It Help?

If it feels right to you, we can incorporate any of the following into your treatment plan: breath work, mindfulness exercises, guided imagery and other meditation, somatic exercises, trauma informed yoga, tapping in resources, Qi-gong, movement, art, journalism, and other self care tools to increase your arsenal to use in times and spaces where you feel your body, mind, and soul need extra intentional care to help return to a relaxed muscle body and calm mind. With practice and dedication, you gain confidence in your ability to make it through the days that can feel more challenging in a way that feels honoring to you.  

These tools and creative outlets will help you learn to attune to your mind, body, and soul while you focus on the hard work of intentional healing. 

A client described this new connection she made in mind body connection as a superpower! This connection helps us to understand that our body is communicating our needs so much of the time if we only stop and tune in. This information can help you to pause, notice, acknowledge the sensations in your body, your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It can help us learn to live in the present moments more often and spend less time in the past or worrying about the future.

We all have off days, but few of us view those days as a normal part of being human. I hope to help you honor and lean into the times with confidence in the resources you have learned. Knowing these resources have the ability to keep you feeling more and more balanced. If you have the desire, I will work with you on your path toward self love and self embodiment so you can awaken to the present with self care, self kindness and self compassion. It is here that you can feel truly alive in all moments, both positive and negative. 

What to Expect in our First Therapy Session & Beyond with One-on-One Counseling

In our first therapy session, I will begin by gathering information about you, your needs, and it will be an opportunity for you to get to know me a bit as a therapist. I will first ask you about your current and past physical and emotional health and may give you some questionnaires about what you’ve been experiencing so far in your life. This first session may feel a like rapid fire of questions as we move through all of the needed information to create a plan of care customized for you. We will determine goals, the lengths of your sessions, and the types of therapy you need best to help you understand the underlying thoughts and emotions that negatively impact your life. I encourage questions, and hope to be able to bring you a positive environment with our sessions to give you peace of mind.

From then on, the pace is yours. The following few sessions will focus on continued exploration and understanding of your situation and while treating you with respect and compassion. I am here to help you with your thoughts and feelings, and even during the most intense moments, I will be here to help you understand your life and change the ways you feel about yourself in a more positive light. I will answer questions confidentially, and I will help develop treatment strategies that work with you to meet your goals and discover a healthier life.

I will follow the lead of what you need in each given session, while nudging you gently and directly along if it feels we are somehow stuck. At the end of this first session, we will determine if it feels like a collective fit to move forward in our work together. I can see how you communicate with me, and you will have an opportunity to see if my approach and feel matches what feels comfortable to you.

While many forms of psychotherapy exist, I can provide multiple techniques to help your situation, including:

For our practice, therapy sessions are customized and unique to the individual. In therapy sessions thrive for personal growth, revealing subconscious emotions and thoughts. Once understanding is achieved, we can give coping mechanisms to handle current thoughts and feelings when faced with everyday challenges.

We live in both a complicated and beautiful world. One where hurt people hurt people whether intentional or not and trauma is the result. We have life events that are out of our control and that change and shape our perception of the world. I can walk beside you as you take on whatever healing you are ready to tackle.

Reach out for a free consultation if you are interested in moving forward with intentional healing

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Are traditional or intensive sessions right for you?

  • Weekly sessions are a good option if you want to take the healing process at a slower rate.
  • They allow you to spread out the cost of care over the course of treatment.
  • Sometimes weekly hour-long sessions are more manageable for clients than half-day, full-day, or weeklong intensive sessions. This will be assessed and discussed during the intake process.
  • Therapy work potentially including EMDR work can be hard to pack into a traditional-length session. Once you have a weekly check-in and account for the time needed to close the session, little room is left for actual work.
  • If your distress is significant, meeting for just one hour once a week could mean it takes a long time to heal your pain.
  • Committing to a regular time each week in your schedule may be difficult, especially if you are busy or travel frequently.
  • I will take stock of your weekly needs and how you would like to utilize your time. If new situations arise that need time to be addressed or processed, we will focus on them as much as you need to. Then we will use the remaining time to work on stated goals.
  • We’ll also need time at the end of each session to make sure you’re able to contain your memories so that you feel relaxed when you’re outside the office.
  • You have time constraints in your normal weekly schedule that make it difficult to commit to therapy on an ongoing basis.
  • You have traumatic events impacting your daily life in a way that makes it too overwhelming to spread treatment out over weeks, months, and years.
  • You wish to process early trauma that is stored in implicit or preverbal memory. This type of EMDR is much more suited for in-person sessions or a multi-day retreat setting due to the nature of the work.
  • Intensive are designed to provide longer and more frequent therapy sessions over a shorter timespan in order to accelerate your recovery.
  • With intensive work, you can progress at a faster rate than you can with weekly sessions. Imagine the amount of work and healing that can be accomplished in a half day, full day, or three consecutive days (which equates to about 21 hours of highly focused treatment within a three-day period).
  • You can address urgent needs in a dedicated manner instead of in a bits-and-pieces approach.
  • In the long run, due to the efficiency of intensive sessions, you can save both time and money.
  • Scheduling time for a single retreat may be more convenient if you have a busy schedule, kids to plan around, and travel or work commitments.
  • Intensives are tailored just for you, so there are many different ways that they can be customized for your individual needs.
  • Intensives may not be the right fit for everyone, just as weekly sessions aren’t the best fit for everyone.
  • Some people with extreme cases of PTSD may feel overwhelmed by working through their issues for a prolonged period of time. In our assessment together, we can explore your individual needs and goals and see if intensive work feels like the best plan for you.
  • Due to the varying options for intensives, they all look a little different. At your intake assessment, we will create an individualized treatment plan for intensive work.
  • Generally, each two-hour block of focused work will be followed by a 15-minute break. We will do some resourcing, too.
  • In our space, there is also room for trauma informed yoga, qi gong, and other body-based work. If you choose half-day, full-day, or multi-day options, you will be given retreat information about what to expect prior to starting.
  • The complexity of your situation would be too overwhelming to process due to high levels of dissociation.
  • If you are in an urgent crisis situation that requires stabilization or hospitalization.
  • If you struggle with active substance abuse, suicidal ideation or self harm.
  • If you feel forced into a therapeutic process not of your own volition.