Hi, I'm Whitney
People often meet with me because something isn't working. They can't get through the week (or even the day) sometimes, without their anxiety taking over. Or they're unhappy with life itself - with their friendships, their intimate relationships, or their career. They wish they were less stressed, able to pull it together, thriving, and happy, but instead they feel sad, lost, stuck, or overwhelmed.
There is nothing more compelling to me than sparking hope and seeing real change happen for people in their lives.
Many years ago I began my own transformational journey as a client. “Wow, counseling can be like this?!” I thought. It was the thing I didn't know I needed. It was insightful, uncommonly kind, soul-deep, and life-changing. My experience over time on the “other side of the couch” as a client began significantly changing my life. I learned. I matured. I healed. I grew.
When I started helping other people, I wanted my clients to experience this type of transformation too.
I frequently meet with clients on the following topics:
Individual Counseling for Adults
Anxiety, stress, or overwhelm
Feeling stuck, not progressing on your goals or dreams
Loneliness or isolation
Self-esteem and self-worth
Grief or loss of a relationship
Not liking where you are in life
Dealing with a difficult family member or other tough family dynamics
Past hurtful experiences or trauma
Religious Deconstruction or Spiritual Abuse
Miscarriage / Abortion
HOW THERAPY WORKS
How does all of this work? Well, there’s the science-based information of how to help people, and then there’s the real, human experience of actual transformation. Ideally you want both.
In our time together we'll address deep issues of shame, heart-ache, self-hatred, anger, fear, and other themes that may be affecting your current life. My approach to meeting with clients has been influenced by Sue Johnson, Richard Schwartz, and Bessel van der Kolk, to name a few. I use a diversified approach that weaves together deep therapeutic work and practical interventions so clients can receive long-term healing and get help today. I also use body-centered techniques like EMDR and other somatic protocols.
On a human level I believe we all have the important core needs of being fully loved and fully safe. Because the world is a flawed place, we've all been disappointed, wounded, or hurt in one way or another. Our earliest experiences and relationships have shaped us - how we think of ourselves, how we relate to other people, and our understanding of the world.
International Association for Counselling
National Board for Certified Counselors
International Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy
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B.A. in Journalism, 2005
M.A. in Counseling, 2013
10+ Years of Professional Counseling Experience
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), states of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida
National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board of Certified Counselors
Emotionally Focused Therapy Trained (Core Skills, EFIT)
National Certified Counselor
Emotionally Focused Relationship Therapy
Advanced Trauma Counseling Certificate
International Association for Counselling Member
Licensed Counselor in Colorado
Licensed Counselor in Texas
Licensed Counselor in New Mexico
Licensed Counselor in Florida
More About Whitney
Always a curious person, you'll find me learning a new hobby, enjoying the great outdoors, reading, or spending time with loved ones. I'm a native Texan, but have called many places home. I'm a connoisseur of spicy chicken sandwiches and a lover of authentic conversations, healthy living, dry humor, spirituality, and philosophical reflecting on all topics deep. I'm not into anything particularly culturally cool or overly trendy (I say as I take my wrinkly hand off my walker and shake my curmudgeonly fist at the sky). I dislike cold weather, political polarization, and reality tv (no judgment if you love it!). I deeply admire courage, wisdom, and playfulness.
That's a little of who I am. Now tell me more about you!