Paula Evelyn Peterson MSC, LAC, NCC, Creative Arts Therapy in Tucson, Arizona, 85719

Paula Evelyn Peterson


Paula Evelyn Peterson


Professions: Creative Arts Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LAC - 14362
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $80 - $160 Free consultation up to 15 minutes by phone
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Tucson, Arizona 85719

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My Approach to Helping

It is my honor to assist persons of many ages, cultures, & orientations in growth & healing. I believe that human beings are doing their best in life. When a person finds courage & wisdom to seek therapy, I offer a safe haven where he or she may pause from worldly struggles & meet with a compassionate listener & guide. I provide therapy for young adults ages 18+, adult & senior men & women, couples, & families.
An integrative & holistic approach is used to meet a wide variety of human needs. My intention is to understand each person's perceptions of their life experiences & goals; then apply methods that are uniquely suited for them. Collaboration between therapist & clients, with emphasis on client strengths, resources, & self-knowledge, facilitates positive outcomes.
Within the therapeutic process, people often express profound thoughts & feelings, repair emotional wounds & relationships, develop greater authenticity & wholeness, explore life meaning & purpose, & learn ways to support & care for themselves. The foundation of my work is a desire to reduce suffering through ever more effective ways of helping others.

More Info About My Practice

My background is primarily in the arts. Use of creative/expressive arts is helpful in therapy & available to clients who have this interest. I am devoted to lifelong learning & am currently studying highly sensitive persons, emotional intelligence, dream work, & emotionally-focused couples therapy.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

After earning an MSC & completing Internship, I attended 3 years of post-graduate training where I encountered a wide variety of mental health issues. Those with which I've frequently worked are: depression, anxiety, bipolar, effects of early childhood trauma, shame & guilt, dissociation, loss & grief, relationship & family-of-origin issues, attachment, codependency, perfectionism, poor sense of self, somatic problems/illnesses, self-hatred, suicidal ideation, fears/phobias, ways in which the past effects the present, & many more.....
When working with couples, I have frequently encountered: ineffective communication, anger, fighting, resentment, secrecy, lying, attacking, withdrawing, jealousy, infidelity & affairs, triggers from past relationships, loss of interest & connection, loss of self, falling out of love, codependency, emotional & other abuse, trauma, dissociation, inability/unwillingness to understand or accept the other as a separate person, & much more.....

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

My personal therapeutic journey resulted in recovery from serious childhood wounds & development of life skills that were missing. I am grateful to be a much more functional person today for having made this investment in myself. All that I have learned is used to accompany & facilitate others on their therapeutic journeys.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Young Adults, Men's Issues, Couples, Survivors of Childhood Trauma, Shame, & Guilt

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gottman Method
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Self-Acceptance Training

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