Integrated Mental Health

"Our thoughts are not the problem. Our thoughts do not create the psychological smog. It is the way that we respond to our thoughts that creates the smog" -Russ Harris

We are whole beings. We are made up of not just body and mind, but feelings and core Self, (or soul, from a spiritual perspective). We are all of these things and they are not separate. Our feelings affect our physical functioning and our immune systems, which affect our thoughts, which affect our feelings and everything in between. The mind-body connection is real and the integrated approaches of our practitioners reflect that.

As mental health practitioners who believe in holistic approaches to wellness, we each support you in addressing mental health challenges like trauma, grief, anxiety, and mood issues, while unifying all parts of yourself using our particular modality. With whichever therapeutic framework and practitioner you choose, you will learn to more easily access the inner toolbox that already exists inside of you.

TRUE GROWTH AND HEALING HAPPENS WHEN WE LEARN TO BE VULNERABLE AND AUTHENTIC WITH OURSELVES AND OTHERS.

Individual therapy can be your safe place to learn how.

We hold the multitude of layers that affect each human being – from physical health, states of mind, emotional disturbances, and spiritual yearnings, to the intrapersonal, interpersonal, socio-cultural, and institutional levels – so that you can show up as, rest into, and feel supported in who you are.

Here is a look at the variety of psychotherapy approaches the mental health practitioners at hOMe Collective employ to support you on your path to greater wellness. To get a sense of which therapist and modality might be the best fit for you, explore each therapist’s bio. If you’re looking for even more niche specialities, our practitioners have those too!

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

ACT provides us with mindfulness techniques to first ground ourselves in the present moment so we can observe what it is we are thinking and feeling, rather than reflexively acting on them. Then, through the ACT skills of “Defusion” and “Expansion,” we learn to step back from our thoughts, however persuasive, and hold our feelings with compassion, so that our self-defeating thoughts and uncomfortable feelings do not control our behavior. ACT also helps us clarify our core values, or what is most meaningful and important in our lives. With techniques to cope with the challenges of our internal experience, we can consider and act on our values with increased confidence and skill. Though it is not the goal of ACT to reduce distress, per se, as you learn to live with uncomfortable feelings with less angst and observe your thoughts as language of the mind rather than reflexively acting on them, suffering often ebbs as meaning and well-being flow.

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on managing distress, emotional dysregulation and interpersonal conflict through mindfulness. By learning specific skill sets focused on behavioral change, you will see radical changes in your day-to-day life. Through providing therapeutic skills in four key areas, DBT offers tangible and practical tools for increasing emotional choice in any situation. First and foundationally, Mindfulness is about cultivating your internal “wise mind” or intuition, and staying present (mind and body) with whatever the moment presents to you. Second, Distress Tolerance is a skill set geared toward strengthening your ability to recognize when your nervous system is entering into fight/flight/freeze, and acquiring more options to bring yourself back to a more calm state, rather than trying to escape through behaviors that no longer serve you. Distress Tolerance also emphasizes the full acceptance of life – just as it is. Third, Emotion Regulation covers strategies to understand what emotions are and why we have them, to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems, and to make lifestyle adjustments so that your emotions will be less likely to escalate in the first place. Fourth, Interpersonal Effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships. DBT is a little like the life skills you never learned in school!

Mindfulness

A mindfulness approach to therapy involves nurturing the connection between the mind and the body by bringing awareness to the senses, to thoughts and emotions, and to how thoughts and feelings affect our everyday experience. Mindfulness training also teaches us to practice releasing judgment and attachment to those thoughts and emotions. As we change our approach to thoughts and emotions and raise awareness of our experience, we begin to gain more personal control, start to shift our relationship to ourselves, and our suffering begins to decrease.

Meet Our Practitioners

 

Cynthia St. Clair

Cynthia St. Clair is a somatic psychotherapist specializing in helping clients find balance in their bodies and lives through dance. Cynthia’s practice is Wild Moon Integrative Therapies, which holds at its helm that we already have the innate wisdom and capacity to heal deep within us. Cynthia sees individuals (adolescents through adults), families (mother-daughter counseling), and holds women’s groups – so that you can be met right where you are at – whether that be in community, relationship or one-on-one.

Scott Sorensen

Scott Sorensen is a Clinical Psychologist with 12 years experience working in community mental health and private practice. Scott’s practice is called Active Talks and he believes that having someone with an open ear and caring heart
will help you heal, restore, and prepare for your best journey. Scott specialties include Walk and Talk therapy, Couples Counseling, and Biofeedback.

Valerie Epstein-Johnson

Valerie Epstein-Johnson is a seasoned creative arts therapist and licensed counselor with a passion for helping people look inward with curiosity and creativity. Using Mindfulness training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Art Therapy, Valerie helps her clients find more meaning and less suffering in their lives. Through individual therapy and “values boarding” sessions for personal growth, Valerie helps children and adults clarify what is most important to them, what stands in the way of achieving it, and how best to heal, change, and grow.