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.

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.

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. 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.

GRIEF, LOSS and BEREAVEMENT

You can experience grief and loss over many things – the passing of a loved one, separation from a partner, your child moving out of the home, miscarriage, job loss, or change in your health.  There are many different ways to grieve and even different types of “grief personalities“.  I believe that people intuitively know how to grieve, but various factors (i.e. culture, core beliefs, life circumstances, etc.) may block this natural process.  I can offer you validation, information, and tools to support you during the grieving process.

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

HSP group

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


cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC
720-772-7413
arianna@quietmooncounseling.com