Clista Prelle-Tworek

Clista Prelle-Tworek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


Life can be challenging! I am here to support you as you explore and find ways to create the life you want. I’d be honored to help!

Client Status

accepting clients



At a Glance


Rate: $75-$155

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2005

Languages: English


  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

The people I work with are interested in change, and in fully becoming the person they want to be and are meant to be. People want to believe in themselves and by reaching out are taking a step toward manifesting more of their potential. Change can be hard, but with support, it is possible to update a belief system and behaviors that may not be helpful; to understand oneself better and create a meaningful life. Let’s access your courage, intelligence, creativity and perseverance!

How I Can Help You

I integrate several contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches to help clients with a variety of challenges. I am influenced by compassion-focused therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness training, motivational interviewing, harm reduction for addiction, psychodynamic theory including self-psychology, working with creativity and metaphors, Neuro-linguistic programming, and guided imagery. Of all the human affects (the biological portion of emotion), I believe understanding shame, fear, and joy are probably the three most important. I look for opportunities to use experiential learning in session (e.g., mindfulness and compassion training). I am a visual artist, amateur botanist and writer. I seek a holistic approach, and work to understand each person in their unique way of being.

Why I Became a Therapist

I searched for years in my personal journey before I found the right counselor/person to help me learn what I needed to know to move forward in my life and manifest my life's purpose more fully. I finally found that person, and I worked with them in safety and trust for many months. I believed in them because it felt right and true to me, and did what they suggested to the best of my ability. I started to feel better almost immediately. When I was ready, they encouraged me to become a counselor since they saw in me a potential I could not yet fully appreciate. I wanted to believe in myself to the extent that they seemed to understand and recognize me, so I took the plunge and became a mental health counselor. I am grateful every day, both because I was privileged to meet and work with this counselor who became my mentor, but also because I get to work every day with people I admire and enjoy as I help them toward recognizing who they are and how they want to be in the world.

Techniques I Use


  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) External link

    Combined with emotional management and relaxation skills, identifying negative thought patterns is highly effective in resolving a wide range of personal issues including trauma, substance use issues, relational issues, anxiety and depression. I utilize a creative and integrative approach that seeks to help understand the self as an adaptive and holistic system.

  • Relational  External link

    Strength within will help to ensure the health and sustainability of our vital relational network. Skill development in compassionate communication is essential, and this begins within a nd expands outward to others. Self responsibility and accountability is foundational in healthy relationships.

  • Existential External link

    The nature of human existence can seem complex and overwhelming, but it is possible to learn to accept mortality and allow this to inform how we live a meaningful and gratifying life. The range of what we can experience is vast and I encourage a spirit of exploration and adventure!

  • Addiction Therapy External link

    I utilize harm reduction to help reduce the negative impact of a variety of behaviors that support not only excessive substance use but also other behavioral patterns that interfere with a healthy lifestyle. I focus on sustainability in a non-judgmental and solution oriented frame that seeks to expand skill sets, experiences and ways to intervene for self to avoid unwanted behaviors.

  • Humanistic  External link

    I believe strongly that every person has a right to live their lives as they choose without invasive interference from others. Self determination without harming others, while also learning how to compassionately address hurt and increase effective communication is vital to learning to live well and cooperatively. All people have the capacity for a wide range of behaviors, and the choice of what we decide to do in response to circumstances.

Issues I Treat


  • PTSD External link

    I have extensive training and experience in helping people recover from childhood issues and a wide range of traumatic experiences. I look at ways that people cope and help sort methods that are sustainable and healthy from those that may not be working very well. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective method to address trauma, combined with compassionate communication.

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    I am trained in Addiction-free management and offer a holistic approach to health and wellness with strategies to understand and relieve pain patterns. It is possible to cope more effectively and live a full life that also has joy!

  • Anxiety External link

    Anxiety is an almost universal human issue given the unpredictable nature of existence and personal circumstances at times. Emotional regulation is essential in order to be able to think clearly and problem solve effectively. Practice of relaxation exercises is key as well as recognizing trigger patterns.

  • Depression External link

    Depression can be viewed as turning against the self in the face of disappointment when needs are not met. Validation of self, self acceptance, and growing in self love are foundations for overcoming depressive tendencies as well as examining negative and inaccurate beliefs and working to see how these impact mood.

  • Personal Growth External link

    To reach one's fullest life experience is a worthwhile quest and one that is possible even in the face of negative experiences. Depth psychology and creative endeavors help to find where blocks to happiness may exist and ways to increase joy and satisfaction. I believe we each hold within us the information we need and therapy can be seen as looking for the hidden treasure within!

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