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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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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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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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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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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Erin Axelrod, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Ayala Parker (she/they)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

LMFT-I

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Jennifer Gray (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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Alicia Turgesen (She/Her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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Jennifer Stratton

Licensed Professional Counselor

Working experientially has the potential to side step the well developed, rational and cognitive brain allowing entry into the deeper, more holistic experience of the client. The work takes on a different texture when patterns are worked through directly, somatically and experientially.

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Heather McKittrick

Licensed Professional Counselor

You'll benefit from experiential therapy if you like to be in touch with your body or you find stress relief through movement. Emotions and mental states often manifest physically. FHT is experiential in nature, allowing you to move your body while you engage your senses and creativity.

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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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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

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Ursula Velonis, CPT, PHD

Professional Counselor

I have learned from working with my clients that those who are willing to invest in themselves are more likely to consistently address and balance their emotional-mental life one step at the time. I work with clients who understand why exploring causes of past conditioning both positive and negative are essential for their growth, who feel excited about renewing their own core identity.

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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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Kevin Wright

Licensed Professional Counselor

I often include in our sessions art, sand tray, metaphor objects and visual objects to connect on deeper and meaningful levels.

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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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