Hi folx! My name is Lyndsay, and I am an LMHC and Art Therapist. I run my own telehealth private practice and am accepting new clients.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lancaster, MA
CBT is a common type of talk therapy. It helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT makes connections between your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. As a clinician, I am adept at identifying common themes and cognitive distortions that a client speaks about. By identifying these, we can then begin to alter these thoughts and behaviors.
I often utilize the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, a trauma-informed care-model, in my practice. The ARC model was developed for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, along with their caregiving systems. ARC’s foundation is built upon four key areas of study: normative childhood development, traumatic stress, attachment, and risk and resilience. This places emphasis on engagement, psychoeducation, and routine.
As an art therapist, I am trained in using the arts (drawing, painting, collage, fiber arts, journaling, photography, poetry, sculpture, etc) to aid clients in identifying and expressing their thoughts and feelings. Art is the language of images, and as such, bypasses the verbal processing centers of the brain, making it universally accessible to clients of all ages and abilities.
I have found that women often gravitate towards my practice, particularly women in their 20's and 30's. Most often these clients are seeking clarity regarding their life path, challenging the societal expectations placed upon them, validating the mental load they experience, exploring fertility concerns, or navigating the dating world.
Many clients come to me to aid them in managing anxiety. Using a variety of treatment modalities, including CBT and Art Therapy, I work with clients to identify their somatic symptoms of anxiety, as well as triggers and defense mechanisms. I also provide psychoeducatiion regarding anxiety, and coping skills to manage overwhelming emotions. My goal is to empower clients to become more attuned to their body and mind, and provide them the tools to effectively manage anxiety and panic attacks.
PTSD can be overwhelming and debilitating by nature. When working with clients exhibiting symptoms of PTSD, my primary goal is creating a sense of safety for the client. This is done by co-regulating through breathing exercises, mirroring, and grounding exercises. Once we have established a safe, containing space, we can begin to address the symptoms that impair functioning by providing psychoeducation and through cognitive restructuring.