Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
Supervised by K. Hixson, LPC and Kindra Carroll, LCSW
Mental Health Counseling for Individual Adults
**Currently only offering telehealth services**
If you've found your way here, I would guess you have been feeling pretty awful lately. Maybe you've felt like this for a long time and you have finally reached a point of desperation. You feel anxious all the time. You might even feel like you are broken or that it's somehow your fault for not getting things right. Perhaps you are a parent who is feeling frustrated and exhausted trying to help your struggling child. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for support when we are already feeling overwhelmed. I know from my own personal experience how hard it can be. I want to help you find your way out of the darkness and into a life with more balance and connection.
Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, all counseling sessions will be held by video or phone confrencing until further notice.
Let me tell you a little about my own story. I felt called to become a counselor after I had my own powerful experience in therapy. I felt like my past was ruling my reality, and I needed help getting un-stuck. It was scary to even just think about opening up to a stranger, much less confront painful emotions that I wanted to put behind me. Counseling was not a quick fix, but I'm glad every day that I reached out for help when I did. In counseling I found new perspectives, new tools and greater connection outside of the therapy office. I learned what true self love really means. There is a path to self compassion and balance - and I want to help you find your own path to healing.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I really love being a counselor because it feels like such an honor to witness to people's stories of survival and resilience. I am constantly inspired by my clients. I feel passionately about my own personal growth, both in and outside of my work as a counselor. Outside of the office I like exploring spirituality, cooking lots of food, practicing yoga, seeing live music, and urban hiking.
If you are curious about my credentials, I have a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. I am a registered Licensed Professional Counseling Intern, currently being supervised by LMFT Susan Snyder and LPC Karen Hixon.
How I Work
The latest research shows us that counseling works because a trusting relationship is like a safe container for you to explore the past and learn new ways of being. I am attentive, gentle, curious, and strengths-based in my interactions. My approach to counseling is primarily relational, which means that I believe relationships are an essential human need. There are so many complex factors that influence how you relate to others and the world. My goal is to make space for you to dig deep into what is getting in the way of you having the fulfilling life you deserve. Sometimes our brains go into "autopilot" mode, operating from past experiences and beliefs that have literally conditioned your brain to repeat the same patterns. I want to guide you with compassion to gain awareness of your own conditioning so that you can live a more intentional life with more balance.
My approach to counseling is eclectic. I use elements of different theories including existential therapy, narrative therapy, mind-body integration and mindfulness. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also integrate some of these concepts into my work. I like having so many tools at my hands so that I can best meet your individual needs.
I welcome diversity of all sorts, including all races, genders, sexualities, body sizes, abilities, religions and relationship structures. My philosophy as a counselor is built upon my commitment to social justice. It feels imperative for me to acknowledge that the intersections of your social positions and identities impact your daily experience, your worldview, and how we relate to each other. I embrace the exploration of your identities and the ways you might have internalized cultural messages about who you are. As your counselor I am dedicated to continuously developing my awareness of the privilege and biases that I hold.
It can take time to find the right counselor - someone whose approach and personality are a good match for you personally. If I am not the right fit, that's okay! I encourage you to try meeting with a few different people before really deciding to invest in building a trusting relationship with a counselor.
My standard rate for a 50 minute counseling session is $110, with limited sliding scale options. Please contact me directly or schedule a consultation to discuss my current sliding scale availability. I currently am not able to bill insurance as a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate. I currently offer a free 15 minute phone consultation if you would like to connect and see if we might be a good fit for counseling. If you are interested in arranging a free consultation, you may do so by following this link: https://emily-kittelson.clientsecure.me/request/service.
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