Reaching out to a therapist feels like the first time in a bathing suit after a long winter on the couch. Yes, it's scary, but it can also be transformative. When we are struggling in life, feeling stuck, hurt, confused, or alone. We all deserve a place to talk with someone who we know will not judge or shame us, but instead walk alongside us to create change, grow, heal and come into more fullness in ourselves and our relationships.
My approach is holistic, collaborative & strength based. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging & direct. My goal is for clients to use therapy as a tool to gain enough insight & coping skills to think, feel, & behave in such a way that feels genuine & authentic to you.
Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all live our lives my rules that have been formed by our past, creating patterns of behavior that influence how we interact with those around us. Someones we can get in our own way, limiting our growth, healing and restoration.
I practice from an attachment perspective which focuses on important relationships in our lives and the innate human need to feel connected, loved & supported.
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Looking for relief from anxiety, life transitions, struggling with current relationships, exploring or expanding your self-identity, wanting to change self-limiting beliefs or start a fresh new phase of life. The encouragement and feedback you receive in from good old-fashioned talk therapy, allows a connection when someone wants to be heard, for another person to “see” them, understand and support them. Nothing else matches the healing power of a trusting, intimate relationship with another human being.
Creating a supportive space in which to explore communication dynamics and sex positivity in heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. I'm also a Prepare/Enrich certified facilitator. Visual assessments help couples create awareness of strengths and challenges to strengthen your relationship foundation with pre-marital, marital and family assessments.
You may have a sense that something in your life isn't working, but can't make the connection between relationship patterns learned in childhood and your life today. Schema Therapy is an evidence-based approach for creating change by identifying and resolving self-defeating life patterns. Developed during childhood when our core emotional needs go unmet, we unconsciously recreate past interpersonal situations. After the assessment, you'll have clarity as to what schemas get triggered, and we can work together toward changing these themes.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing is extensively researched and proven effective form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR has been proven to reduce the negative effects of distressing thoughts, images, emotions, and body sensations. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
EATING DISORDERS & BODY IMAGE
Most individuals that struggle with disordered eating face ambivalence in therapy, like gaining weight, eating "normal" food and purging. As a result, engaging clients to make a change is a big part of treatment. Managing anxiety is another one. For many, life has often revolved around managing their eating disorder, often creating an imbalance in other areas of life. It also requires patience as the treatment can be long and often have bumpy roads. In addition to counseling, working with a licensed dietitian is also crucial for recovery and I can recommend several in the area that can provide assistance and nutritional support.
ADDICTION & CODEPENDENCY
Acknowledging that you need help is never easy, but it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Whether you’ve decided to get help to control or moderate your alcohol or drug use, or just want to explore the role that addiction might play in your life, you are being proactive in getting help. Addiction is a family illness that inevitably alters the lives of everyone. I can help those suffering from their loved ones addiction as we navigate a new course with healthy limits and redraw our boundaries to include what is, and isn't, within our control.
I'm a graduate of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, license # 7468-125) in the state of Wisconsin; as well as a certified Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC-IT, license #18624-130) having studied abroad in Scotland where I completed my addiction studies.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Eating disorders
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes
LPC #7468-125 (Expires: 2021-02-28)
I have only had one session with Gwen by myself and another session with my husband and myself. We are both so happy that we decided to take the step to do counseling this way. It is nice to do it from the privacy of your own home. Gwen has been a blessing to us in the short time we have worked with her. She really understands our struggles and has offered great advise already. We are very impressed with Gwen!