Counseling

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."
~ Joseph Campbell

One on one sessions are 50 minutes dedicated to the you and I working in collaboration towards goals you set. In my approach this is a space where you can explore new possibilities and learn skill sets that serve you in your everyday life.

I bring my extensive training and over ten years of experience to every session. I utilize several different modalities in my sessions including Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, and Mindful Self-Compassion. You can learn more about these specific approaches below.

Remember there is never one type of counseling or counseling session. It is important to find a therapist that you resonate with. So take time to see what feels right for you and your current focus.

Contact me to schedule a free phone consultation to see if counseling with me is a good fit for what you are wanting to achieve.

Somatic Experiencing

Created by Dr. Peter Levine, Somatic Experiencing or SE is a body-oriented approach designed to work with stress and trauma. This model allows the therapist to identify where the client is “stuck” in their nervous system. As explained further on their website, “The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.”

Internal Family Systems

Created by Richard Schwartz, PhD, Internal Family Systems or IFS combines systems thinking and the idea of the multiplicity of the mind. We are often aware of our inner critic, fear based thoughts, or an inner child. Through working with, and better understanding these aspects or parts of oneself, you are able to release burdens, stress, and trauma that have been carried inside. By establishing relationships within your own system it is believed the individual can live a more fully integrated and expressed life.

Mindful Self-Compassion

Created by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, PhDs, Mindful Self-Compassion or MSC help individuals develop skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to increase emotional resiliency and well-being. The practice of turning towards and acknowledging our thoughts and feelings in the present moment without judgment is the foundation for mindfulness. This is combined with learning to respond to our own suffering with loving-kindness in the form of self-compassion. By being willing to meet ourselves and our experience fully, just as it is in this moment, we build our capacity to enhance our emotional well-being.

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Presentations and Trainings

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.”
~ Peter Levine

Whitney is a dynamic and engaging speaker. Utilizing science, story, and real world application she can tailor a presentation and training for your teaching needs. Her presentations range from 45 minutes to all day training.

Whitney focuses her lectures on:

~ How the brain and body respond to stress and trauma
~ Resiliency and self-care for helping professionals
~ Trauma-informed care

Whitney has presented to a wide range of audiences including Law Enforcement, Crisis Negotiation Teams, Medical Professionals, Attorneys, Volunteer Organizations, Mental Health Professionals, and University Staff.

Whitney believes that through education and conversation we can improve our systems, how we serve our communities, and the care we give ourselves. Contact me to discuss designing a training for your agency or organization.

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