Experiential

As the name suggests, experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that focuses on the idea of experiencing, encouraging clients to address issues through activities like role playing. Part of the theory behind experiential therapy is that by focusing the client on a task or activity, they are more likely to behave in an unguarded manner, allowing the therapist to make important observations and provide valuable feedback. The term experiential therapy can also be applied to numerous other therapeutic practices such as equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, and wilderness therapy.

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Carl Jensen

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

I have significant background in Psychodrama therapy, as well as Gestalt therapy. When a client goes deep into a problem area, this approach may often be the most valuable. There are numerous therapeutic experiential interventions that have the potential to creatively begin healing or transform an individuals problem area.

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Emalee Assenberg, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

I believe insights need to be directly experienced for them to create meaningful change. People come to me because they feel stuck or overwhelmed by negative emotions or relational conflict. I serve as a guide and help clients explore and experience new ways of relating with themselves and their loved ones. This in turn creates new pathways for self awareness and personal growth.

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Tori Morrison (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A., Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

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Joyce Korschgen (Ms)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Pearl Health Center

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our therapists are skilled in increasing clients' self efficacy by deepening their connection to their emotional experiences. Experiential approaches seek to focus on the here and now, highlighting connection between the brain and body and learning new ways to experience the self.

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

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Suzanne Sanchez (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I use experiential techniques to help clients access parts of their sub-conscious mind. Examples may include art therapy techniques, role-playing, writing, and play therapy. Through experience, insight is often increased, and as self-awareness grows so can self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation.

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Jen Yerty, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Professional Counselor

I use a variety of experiential techniques, from visualization to expressive arts, from narrative to Gestalt, to get to move emotions in a way that words sometimes cannot.

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Grace Silvia, LCSW (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Whether talking about what happened yesterday or in your family growing up, we will work with what you experience as you explore it in the moment. That way the work is fresh, not a stale re-hashing of an old, stuck story. Using basic building blocks of gentle curiosity, compassion and honoring both what shows up as well as resistance to what shows up, deep transformation happens.

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Joe Doherty

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joe is certified as a breathwork facilitator and uses the chakra system to work with energy related to psychological stress. His PhD dissertation is published and titled 'The non-dualism of Shamanic Psychotherapy' ...

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Icahn Saelao, M.S., QMHP

Professional Counselor Associate

Insight is not exclusively gained through intellectual questioning alone; insight can be felt, it can be experienced. Only by staying in the 'here and now' and bringing attention to your experiences in the moment can that opportunity for insight become a reality that you take with you after a session.

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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

LMFT-I

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Experiential therapy was a large focus of my training in graduate school. My studies and my clinical practice have included various experiential based approaches, including but not limited to: mindfulness, breath work, role plays and other more traditional experiential techniques. These techniques can be particularly helpful when traditional talk therapy could use a boost.

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Rachel Stein (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, NCC

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Alicia Turgesen (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

It is through our experiences that we're able to open new doors to healing and growth. Through various experiential activities, you're able to consider new ways of being and therapeutically experience your emotions and thoughts.

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Randy Zasloff, LPC, CADCI (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADCI, NCC

I have often observed that 'doing' rather than just 'talking' leads to more rapid and lasting change. In my practice I draw on a variety of experiential therapies dependent on the needs and desires of my clients. These include walking, expressive art therapy, mindfulness practice, and equine facilitated psychotherapy. I am a Certified HEAL Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy practitioner.

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Erin Axelrod, MA

Professional Counselor Associate

Tuning into your experience of the present moment is a powerful way to connect with emotion, insight, and direction. I am experienced with experiential techniques, such as expressive arts therapies and trauma-informed somatic exercises, which we may explore as we build trust and safety and learn how to best support you.

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Jane Flanagan (they/she)

Professional Counselor Associate

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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