Areas of Expertise

Counseling and Substance Use Counseling

Counseling is the collaborative process of exploring situations, and experiences to ease emotional/mental discomfort. Together, we will create a flexible treatment plan to address your individual desired outcomes. Counseling is offered in office or via tele-therapy.

I am also a licensed clinical addiction specialist and can assist in creating and evaluating harm reduction plans congruent with where you are in the staging process.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is simply the practice of recognizing, increasing, and enhancing awareness. The benefits of mindfulness practice are evidenced by improved cardiovascular health, decrease in anxiety, improved sleep, and stronger immune system.

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical Hypnosis is a tool used by trained professionals to facilitate the trance state. Trance is a naturally occurring phenomenon in which one is able to more readily access both psychological and physiological abilities. The vehicle through which we communicate messages to the unconscious mind is called suggestion. Individuals, through trance, are more open to positive suggestion, which allows them to make the changes desired in their life.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems is an evidence - based approach in psychotherapy that recognizes an individuals sub-personalities, or parts/families. These parts can hold painful emotions or be wounded parts or parts that protect the wounded parts. Often parts are in conflict with the Self ( the compassionate,whole person at the core). IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by creating balance between all parts and the Self (whole person).

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy provides clients with skills to manage difficult emotions and reduce conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on 4 areas of technique; Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. These skills help individuals create a more balanced life.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and a branch of clinical behavior analysis. It is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is a holistic view that individuals are connected to and influenced by their environments and that everyone seeks growth and balance. This approach places emphasis on the therapist's use of empathy, and unconditional positive regard to assist the individual in reaching their goals. Gestalt therapy focuses on the here and now, and approaches change by the acceptance of what already is. Interventions are comprised of exercises and experiments, based on the individuals preference, in the here and now.

My Approach

 As a mindfulness-based, existential therapist, my goal is to provide a safe space to process life's events, past and present, and the thoughts and feelings that arise. Our work may focus on shifting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as taking a developmental look at where problems may have originated.  Together, in a collaborative process, we will develop goals and interventions that are tailored to your unique and specific needs.
As a therapist, it is my main objective to assist you in challenging the barriers that prevent you from living your best life. Sometimes this happens in the form of therapeutic homework. Often "homework" will involve creating space for creative expression *ex. journal, collage, music, art).

This is a journey and I'm looking forward to accompanying you!
 

 

© 2020 Heather M. Scarboro M.Ed., LCMHC, LCAS, NCC