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change for the better

Naturally You

Feeling lost and anxious? Overwhelmed? Questioning who you are or what you really want? Restless but lacking motivation that gets traction? Feeling misunderstood and at-odds in your relationships? Irritable? Sad but not sure “what’s wrong?”  

In our sessions, we’ll talk about what is happening in your day-to-day life and about the problems and pains bringing you to therapy.  We’ll seek to understand their place within your life experience.   

Though we can’t change the past or control the future, we can settle in and untangle the remnants of the past from the realities of the present.

As we attend to the reasons that bring you to therapy, we inevitably discover places in you that have always been strong, places that were never broken.

We’ll let in the fresh air ~

Through the undoing of aloneness and the in-depth processing of difficult emotional and relational experiences, therapy fosters new and healing experiences.

Over time, healing experiences become lasting change as what we know in head and in our heart “sync up” in our sense of self.

As old beliefs about ourselves and the world are revised, we tend to see ourselves, others, our circumstances and resources more clearly. 

We’ll also focus on the experiences associated with healing and feeling what seems “right”. Research in neuroplasticity shows us that our brains are constantly changing in response to new experiences. So, this attention uses our capacity for neuroplasticity to “wire-in” change for the better. Not just manage symptoms. 

When emotional energy is no longer bundled up in protecting ourselves from the past, flow is renewed.

Often clients say they feel like they’re “getting somewhere”. They describe a newfound sense of “being myself”.

Naturally you ~

 

“The answer is always in the entire story, not a piece of it.”

– Jim Harrison

About Liza

I’m glad you’re here, it takes courage to consider therapy. I will listen deeply to you, with appreciation, gentleness, and curiosity. Deep listening goes beyond hearing the words you say to recognizing the glimmers of your most authentic self, even when you might not see those yourself. I value your commitment to therapy, and am open to both time-limited and long-term work together. 

As for credentials, I am a licensed clinical social worker with degrees from the University of Chicago and Kenyon College.  I am a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor by the AEDP Institute in New York, New York.  While my primary style of therapy is AEDP, I draw on complimentary approaches including relational psychodynamic theory, somatic therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as various models of equine assisted therapy & learning. Prior to opening my private practice, I worked in maternal/child health, outpatient community mental health and college counseling. 

Outside of the books, my horses are amazing teachers of willing communication and relationships. Like Ray Hunt says, “I’m just trying to see how much I can do with a horse without troubling him”.  I live in rural Pennsylvania with my husband, and our grown kids pass through often.