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)
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. My blog offers countless articles around how to craft your ideal life as a Highly Sensitive Person.
LGBTQIA INDIVIDUALS (AND THEIR 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 & BURNOUT
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 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.
For a free consultation or to schedule an appointment, please call (720) 772-7413 or book online.
Arianna Smith, MA, LPC, EMDR