Welcome

I am not what has happened to me.

I am what I choose to become.

-Carl Jung

My name is Arianna Smith, founder and owner of Quiet Moon Counseling.

I help Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) learn to cope with overwhelm, find belonging, and embrace their unique place in the world.

I support LGBTQIA+ survivors of abuse and trauma as they embark on a healing journey to reclaim their voice and identity.

I teach HSPs and LGBTQIA+ survivors how to create and maintain deep and meaningful connections with themselves and others.


img_9470_2I believe that, deep down, you are intuitively oriented towards wholeness and growth.  I believe that you are capable of tremendous change.  If you are reading this, chances are, a small part of you believes this, too.   I can help you find that spark of hope and fire within you so you can start taking the right steps on your path towards happiness, wholeness, and authenticity.

I am passionate about minimalism and this is interwoven into my practice by challenging you to identify and explore your values and the essential components of your life.  I support you in getting rid of what is no longer serving you – be they thought patterns, relationships, employment, or possessions.  

My work in this field began as a volunteer advocate for a sexual assault hotline for several years. In this role, I witnessed the power of human connection and empathy to heal and change lives, during even the most dark of times.  I realized that serving and supporting others in this capacity needed to become my career and pursued training to become a mental health counselor.

I have worked with a variety of populations with the primary focus on women, people experiencing anxiety/depression, survivors of sexual assault/intimate partner violence, and professionals experience secondary trauma and burnout.  I have a passion for working with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs), the LGBTQIA+ community and am a strong advocate of body positivity/body neutrality.  I have worked in a variety of settings, including shelters, non-profits, clinics, and home-based services.

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“There is no denying the wild horse in us.” – Virginia Woolf

I was born and raised on a homestead in South Central Alaska.  Growing up amidst such isolated beauty allowed me to deeply appreciate the wisdom of the natural world. I have lived in Colorado for the past 10 years, in both rural and urban areas.  When I’m not reading or thrifting, you will find me roaming the mountains with my partner or trying to photograph our fur babies.

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Juniper, the most recent addition to the fur family.

Finally, I am a twin. Believe it or not, my twin sister (whom I affectionately call my ‘womb mate’) and I are one of six sets of twins in the extended family.  Not to mention, my sister has twin girls.  (Translation = that’s a lot of matching outfits!).  If you are a twin, some experts state that you may find working with a therapist who is a twin to be especially helpful.

Now What?

If anything you have read resonates with you (even the tiniest bit), take your time to explore my site to learn more about the services I offer.  Don’t forget to check out my blog, which offers free and helpful content around a variety of issues, with a focus on minimalism and ways to thrive as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

When you feel ready, let’s talk.  The best way to find out if we are a good fit is to start with a phone call.  Schedule now.


Arianna Smith, MA, LPC
arianna@quietmooncounseling.com
720-772-7413
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Services

I offer individual and group counseling services.  I welcome clients from all walks of life, identities, and background, with a focus and/or specialty in the following areas.   Click here to request an appointment or initial consultation.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

I offer EMDR to clients who may need help getting past traumatic events or feel ‘stuck’ in therapy or their ways of coping.  EMDR is a scientifically-proven type of psychotherapy that is targeted to help people heal from emotional distress, trauma, and other difficult life events.  It’s been shown to help with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, panic attacks etc.  EMDR is based on the belief that the mind is geared towards healing when certain ‘blocks’ in processing are removed.  Therapists who provide this modality are required to undergo extensive training and credentialing.  If you are interested in learning if EMDR is right for you, please feel free to contact me.

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE (HSPs), EMPATHS & INTROVERTS

Highly Sensitive People (www.hsperson.com) make up about 20% of the general population and possess a unique sensory processing trait that allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment.  As such, they may become overwhelmed very easily, absorb other people’s emotions, or have difficulty navigating mainstream culture’s expectations.  It’s important to work with a therapist who is knowledgeable about this trait and can provide a strengths-based approach as opposed to pathologizing one’s inherent sensitivity.  I have undergone specific training to be listed on the hsperson.com website as an HSP-Knowledgable Therapist. I also offer a weekly support group for HSPs.  

 LGBTQIA+ INDIVIDUALS (AND THEIR ALLIES/LOVED ONES)

Those within the LGBTQIA+ community often face discrimination and prejudice.  Many have experienced domestic violence or abuse that goes unrecognized or unacknowledged in a heteronormative society.  Oppressive attitudes or micro-agressions from others can be internalized into low self-esteem, feelings of alienation or shame. Having a trusted and identity-affirming therapist can help you take the steps needed to feel a sense of safety, healing, and belonging.

If you are questioning your orientation/identity or want to know how to support a loved one who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I can support you in this process as well.

SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

Survivors of violence and abuse (assault, domestic violence, trafficking, stalking, etc) face particular challenges in our culture and society to access services, achieve justice, and receive healing.  Despite the extraordinary strength and wisdom that survivors possess, they may feel alienated, alone, or misunderstood. We live in a culture that often blames the survivors for the violence or abuse they have experienced, making the healing process especially difficult.  I have specialized training and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, including serving survivors in the LGBTQIA+ community.

SECONDARY/VICARIOUS TRAUMA

If you provide support or help to others who have experience trauma (i.e counselor, social worker, advocate, caregiver, etc), then chances are you will experience secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, or burnout at some point in your career. You got into this career to help others – so what happens when you feel like you have nothing left to give? As someone who has worked in the helping profession field for over 10 years, and as a professional with special training in secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, I can help you get back to feeling like yourself and feeling passion for your career again.

POLYAMOROUS/ ETHICALLY NON-MONOGAMOUS PEOPLE

Those within the polyamorous community may have the fear that their relationship choices are viewed by others  as ‘deviant’ or ‘unhealthy’. Ethically non-monogamous relationships present a unique set of challenges not faced by many couples.  I believe in the importance of relationship choice and provide services to clients who identify as polyamorous and/or ethically non-monogamous.

ONLINE COUNSELING & “Walk & Talk” THERAPY

Most people think that therapy has to happen in an office.  While there are many benefits to meeting in a quiet and confidential office, sometimes that just isn’t everyone’s ideal way they open up or feel comfortable.  In addition to office-based sessions, I am flexible in my delivery of therapy in that I offer ‘walk and talk’ sessions where counseling occurs outdoors, during a walk.  I believe in the power of animal support and welcome creative ideas to include your pets into the session.  I also offer phone or videochat sessions for those who need the flexibility to meet with me from their home or while traveling.

GROUP THERAPY

Current offerings:  Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People & Empaths

HSP Therapy Group general

For a free consultation or to schedule an appointment, please call (720) 772-7413 or book online.


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Contact & Hours

Online Booking Now Available.  Offering Evening Appointments.

Click Here to Request an Appointment 

If you cannot find an appointment time that works for you, please reach out to me and we will see what I can do to accommodate your schedule.

Phone: (720) 772-7413

  • I will return calls within 24-48 business hours (unless otherwise specified on voicemail recording.)

Address: 5912 S. Cody Street, Suite 301 – Littleton, CO 80123

  • ADA accessible.
  • Pet-friendly building.

Office Hours: 

  • Evening appointments available.
  • In-person Sessions: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays.
  • Saturday appointments available by request.
  • Virtual or Phone Sessions: Monday through Friday

Email:  arianna@quietmooncounseling.com

  • Remember email is not a secure form of communication.  Please be discrete about what you send over this medium. An email message does not constitute a therapist/client relationship.  Sometimes emails can get lost in cyberspace. If you don’t hear from me within 48 business hours, please resend your email.

 


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