LOIS SPENCE, MS, LMHCA
“The path isn’t a straight line, it’s a spiral. You continually come back to the things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
I am passionate about empowering clients to find their authentic voice and create boundaries that protect their peace. Our work together will enable the discovery of purpose and passion as we remove blocks that are keeping you from being your most authentic and fulfilled self. It is an honor to walk beside you as I provide a safe and non-judgmental space to process emotions. I am here to support you, while also challenging any distorted thinking that might be getting in the way of moving forward. I often use humor as we work together to set goals that contribute to your longterm wellness.
I use a variety of therapeutic techniques through a Person Centered approach and draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Movement Therapy to guide our time together.
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen"
~ Brene Brown
Choosing to begin therapy is a brave step. Whether you are coming to therapy to work through relationship issues, process past trauma, or manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, I welcome you to arrive as you are and we will work as a team to address the struggles you face and enrich your future.
WALK TALK THERAPY
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” E.O. Wilson
There is something freeing about the idea of walking and talking, without the pressure of eye contact, away from the more restrictive environment of the consulting room. It can be easier to process difficult emotions and release bodily trauma through movement and pace, rather than being confined to a chair. Movement can also combat the feeling of being emotionally stuck, and uncomfortable feelings tend to dissipate faster in nature. An outdoor walking therapy session offers clients the opportunity to reduce stress, relieve body tension, breathe deeply, clear the mind of intrusive thoughts, regulate mood, release endorphins and enjoy more restful sleep.
"I believe that the unity of mind and body is an objective reality. They are not just parts somehow related to each other, but an inseparable whole while functioning. A brain without a body could not think … the muscles themselves are part and parcel of our higher functions." Moshe Feldenkrais:
My 17 years as a Certified Personal Trainer provides me the unique opportunity of offering a combination of fitness and psychotherapy, which enriches and enhances the counseling session. I will meet you where you are in your fitness journey, and help support you in healthy habits and progress you towards your wellness goals. This holistic approach allows you to "talk it out" while engaging in a movement activity that suits your current goals. Whether you are a woman managing symptoms of menopause, an adolescent that would like a safe space to explore weightlifting or simply curious about this therapeutic option, we will work together to find the right fit.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." E.E. Cummings
Teen years can be especially tough for adolescents and their parents. Having a trusted adult ,outside of family, can help teens feel more comfortable talking openly and working through issues that can feel overwhelming. Therapy for teens can help develop skills that allow them to manage strong emotions, improve communication, increase impulse control, develop self confidence, process challenges and strengthen relationships. I start by getting to know your teen while building trust and safety. Sometimes this looks like doing art, games, videos and role playing. Humor will usually find its way into a session!