My Approach to Helping
Do you feel as though you are unable to "get over" your past, haunted by the feelings and memories of what you have experienced? Or perhaps you feel overwhelmed by current life circumstances and are unsure how to manage it all. If so, know that you are not alone, your symptoms are treatable, and help is available.
I am here to assist and guide you in the transformation from suffering to healing, from despair to empowerment. My approach to therapy is respectful, creative, and unique. I place a high priority on emotional and personal safety and will ensure that the content, focus, and pace of your sessions is determined by you.
My areas of specialization including treating unresolved trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and grief. I offer individual, group and online Psychotherapy options and will assist you in determining which session format may best meet your needs. Additionally, the option to incorporate Animal-Assisted Therapy is available for in-office sessions. My beautiful therapy dog, Sunny, is always eager to new people and to help anyone who enters the office feel comfortable and nurtured.
Only you can determine the "right" time to seek therapeutic support. If you are ready to either begin your healing, explore treatment options, or have questions about the therapeutic process, please feel welcome to reach out to me.
More Info About My Practice
I am a psychotherapist trained to assist and guide you in the transformation from suffering to healing, from despair to empowerment.
I have great respect for anyone willing to acknowledge the need for further personal development and will honor your commitment to self-exploration with professionalism and individual attention. Your sessions are conducted in a peaceful, nurturing, confidential environment, conducive to your comfort level.
As part of your treatment, I will help you uncover your potential for development and encourage you to utilize the unique strengths and abilities that will aid in your healing process. Additionally, I will provide you with new strategies for coping with emotional distress, resolving interpersonal relationship issues, and developing a healthy self-concept.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in helping teens and adults cope with unresolved trauma. What one person considers to be traumatic may be different than another. I'm not here to label or judge. Rather, I will help you understand the experiences you've survived in a new light and empower you to cope with these experiences in a productive way. Common traumas I treat include losses, neglect, abuse, assaults, accidents, near death experiences, community violence, domestic violence, and overwhelming life experiences.
Within my practice, the two primary methods of helping individuals heal from trauma include EMDR therapy and Animal Assisted therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. EMDR therapy aids in reducing the intensity of the traumatic images, reduces the emotional response to the disturbing memories, and prompts the development of healthy coping and positive self-concept.
Regarding integrating Animal-Assisted Therapy into sessions, this is an option individuals can opt for (or not) as part of their treatment. Often times, many of us seek social support to help us adapt to difficult situations. However, when faced with traumatic situations, it can be challenging to foster trust within a relationship. This can leave us feeling isolated, afraid and unsure of where to turn for help. Introducing a trained, nurturing animal into therapy can be a helpful first step. Through this unique connection, we learn to develop trust and find comfort in addressing the burdens that led us to seek therapy initially.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Starting therapy can be an intimidating process for some people, especially for those with high levels of anxiety or those who haven't had the best experiences in therapy before. Here's some tips to consider whether therapy is a new part of your self-care routine or you're looking to start again.
You can also read more information about how I engage my clients in therapy on my FAQ page at www.chiassontherapy.com
1. Approach therapy with a willingness to try something new.
2. Set the pace and focus of your sessions. Notice and respect your comfort level as you're getting familiar with your therapy and developing trust.
3. Engage honestly in discussions with your therapist. Keep in mind saying, "I'm not ready to talk about that yet," is a reasonable response if it's how you are feeling.
4. Don't minimize your experiences, symptoms or distress level.
5. Remember, not all therapists are the same and not all therapy styles are the same. You deserve to experience a compatible fit, which may take several tries. Don't give up.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The person seeking help may determine treatment duration and frequency. I will offer professional recommendations on these details, and will accommodate the needs of my clients. Together, we can identify specific goals to focus on and continue to evaluate progression. Often, this process helps people determine their duration of psychotherapy involvement and experience fulfillment in personal development.