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What's holding you back? What beliefs limit you? What insecurities have followed you around all your life? This junk shows up, and prevents you from living fully.

Take charge of your life. You are meant to Thrive!


Coaching Can Help:

Personal growth 

-Cope with a traumatic experience
-Receive guidance through life transitions
-Explore self-identity
-Develop self-confidence and self esteem
-Manage anger and outbursts 

IMPROVE Relationships

-Receive effective support with a struggling relationship
- Improve communication and connection
-Develop relationship and dating skills
-Identify and break abusive relationships 
-Pre-marital counseling

Professional development

-Find work, family, school & life balance
-Learn organizational skills
-Improve time management skills    
-Identify and develop skill deficiencies
-Improve academic and professional performance

You will notice an improvement in your ability to have tough conversations without getting angry or checking out.

How will this help?

You will feel better  in your body.  Your sleep will improve, your pain will reduce, and you will have more energy.



the results you're going to see:

Your thinking brain will do better.  Your focus, memory, and concentration will improve.


Your sense of connection with  your partner, family, and friends will deepen.


You will find you feel like yourself, you will regain the ability to be present- to marvel at ordinary things.


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What We Do

When we are stuck in one area, it shows up in all aspects of life. Let’s figure out what you want— what you really, really want, and identify the blocks keeping it from being your reality. Your life is waiting for you.

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When we are whole and balanced, we are able to enhance our lives, resolve issues, and establish, deepen, and maintain authentic relationships. Together, we'll get there.

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Restoration of the whole self

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We are effective because we are trained-ridiculously trained.  Combined, we have eight Master's degrees, two PhDs, with another on the way, and over a dozen certifications in specialized training.

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Welcome to our holistic healing journey, where we integrate mind, body, and spirit to create lasting transformation. Our carefully curated therapeutic models provide a multifaceted approach to guide you towards well-being. 

At our center, we believe in the power of personalized healing. Every individual's journey is unique, which is why we leverage a variety of therapeutic models to meet the distinct needs of our clients. Through careful assessment and collaboration, we tailor our approach to suit your specific circumstances, preferences, and goals. This personalized methodology ensures that you receive the most effective and meaningful guidance on your path to well-being. Our diverse range of transformative models allows us to create a holistic plan that resonates with you. We invite you to explore further and discover how each model can play a role in your journey towards empowerment, healing, and positive change.

holistic models. Explore the power of Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness and Meditation, and Motivational Interviewing. Join us on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth as we empower you to embrace change and lead a more fulfilling life.

Transformative Approach

Click through to learn more about the holistic models we pull from

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a groundbreaking therapy that targets and processes traumatic memories to alleviate distress and promote emotional healing. EMDR combines elements of cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and bilateral stimulation to help individuals reprocess traumatic experiences that are "stuck" in the brain's processing system.

During EMDR sessions, clients focus on distressing memories while engaging in bilateral stimulation, often through Eyeside-to-side eye movements. 


During REM sleep, the brain naturally reorganizes traumatic memories, lessening their emotional impact. EMDR offers transformative benefits, effectively reducing emotional charge tied to memories for integrated experiences. This leads to decreased distress, anxiety, and trauma triggers. EMDR's reprocessing fosters new perspectives and empowerment amid triggers, elevating resilience. With bilateral stimulation and cognitive facets, EMDR enhances emotional understanding and regulation for overall well-being and improved coping.

Havening Techniques, a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Ronald Ruden, and honed by the incredible Dr. Kate Truitt, is an innovative approach designed to address and alleviate emotional distress, trauma, and a range of psychological issues. It combines elements from neuroscience, psychosensory therapy, and positive psychology to create a holistic healing experience. The central focus of Havening is on altering the brain's response to traumatic or distressing memories, emotions, and thoughts through the process of sensory touch. The technique involves gentle touch and specific movements on the individual's arms, hands, and face, which activates delta waves in the brain.  


Delta waves are associated with deep relaxation and can help disrupt the encoding of traumatic memories and emotions. During this process, the therapist guides the client to focus on the distressing memory or feeling while engaging in the Havening touch. 

Somatic Experiencing (SE) emerges as a beacon of hope. Born from a rich tapestry of disciplines—stress physiology, psychology, neuroscience, and indigenous wisdom—SE is a body-oriented approach to healing trauma and stress disorders. With over 45 years of transformative clinical success, it's a bridge between science and resilience. At its core, SE recognizes that trauma's grip extends beyond the mind—it's woven into the very fabric of our bodies. Whether born from life-threatening events or cumulative stress, trauma can reshape our capacity to thrive. SE guides us towards releasing traumatic shock, offering a pathway to transform PTSD and emotional wounds

Somatic Experiencing: 

From accidents to assaults, abuse to natural disasters, SE honors the multifaceted origins of trauma. It's a toolkit for therapists, healers, and caregivers across disciplines, offering tools to untangle the knots of fight, flight, and freeze responses. By gently fostering tolerance for bodily sensations and buried emotions, SE offers a compass for navigating the healing journey. SE isn't just a technique; it's a philosophy of empowerment. It's a whisper of hope that reminds us: resilience and ease are not just dreams, but birthrights.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive approach designed to help individuals navigate emotional and behavioral challenges, particularly those related to intense emotions, impulsivity, and difficulties in relationships. DBT combines cognitive and behavioral strategies with mindfulness practices to foster emotional regulation, effective communication, and coping skills.

DBT is structured around four areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Clients learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment, tolerate distressing situations, manage and regulate their emotions, and navigate relationships more effectively. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy offers numerous benefits. It provides practical tools to manage overwhelming emotions, reducing impulsive reactions and promoting healthier responses. By learning distress tolerance techniques, clients can navigate challenging situations without resorting to harmful behaviors.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy  (SP) is an innovative approach that integrates body-based techniques to address trauma, emotional challenges, and psychological issues. SP recognizes that the body holds memories, emotions, and patterns of response. Through mindful attention to bodily sensations and movements, clients gain insight into their inner experiences and can safely process and release stored trauma. Clients to tune into their bodily sensations, helping them become aware of physical reactions linked to emotional triggers. The therapy includes grounding exercises, breath work, and gentle movements designed to support healing. 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy 

By processing emotions through the body, clients release trauma's grip and restore equilibrium. SP offers a gentle, safe way to access and release trauma without re-traumatization. Enhanced body-emotion awareness empowers effective symptom management, reducing anxiety, fostering emotional regulation, and enhancing resilience. SP addresses trauma's physiological aspects for lasting emotional healing and renewed well-being. Whether healing from trauma, managing emotions, or seeking growth, SP offers a holistic path honoring the body-mind connection.

Mindfulness and meditation are practices rooted in ancient wisdom that offer modern solutions for managing stress, enhancing well-being, and fostering personal growth. Mindfulness involves being fully present in the moment, observing thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment. Meditation, on the other hand, encompasses various techniques that encourage relaxation, concentration, and self-awareness. Mindfulness practices often include focused breathing, body scans, and guided meditation. Meditation techniques range from mindfulness meditation to  These practices cultivate a heightened sense of awareness and allow individuals to detach from stressful thoughts and find inner peace.

Mindfulness & Meditation

Meditation, each with unique benefits, heightens awareness and eases stress. These practices offer myriad mind-body-spirit advantages. Mindfulness reduces anxiety and negativity, enhancing clarity, resilience, and calm. Relaxation aids physical health, reducing blood pressure, improving sleep, and relieving stress. Both practices foster self-awareness, acceptance, better emotional control, relationships, and positivity.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a powerful approach that combines mindfulness and behavioral change strategies to foster psychological flexibility. ACT helps individuals create a meaningful life while accepting the inevitable challenges that come with it. The therapy emphasizes being present in the moment, identifying personal values, and committing to actions aligned with those values. Through mindfulness techniques, clients learn to observe their thoughts and emotions without judgment. This helps them detach from unhelpful thinking patterns and create space for more intentional choices. ACT also involves identifying core values that reflect what truly matters to the individual. 

Acceptance & Commitment

Rooted in mindfulness and values, clients take purposeful actions despite discomfort. ACT breaks free from negative emotions, nurturing resilience. Embracing experiences without resistance restores control. ACT fosters core value connections, deepening satisfaction and purpose. Empowering through committed action, clients make value-aligned choices, building confidence amid challenges.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative and client-centered holistic approach designed to inspire individuals to embrace positive change. MI recognizes that change is often complex and that individuals have their own motivations and strengths. Therapists employing MI engage clients in conversations that elicit their intrinsic motivations, amplify their readiness for change, and guide them towards setting and achieving meaningful goals. During MI sessions, therapists use empathetic listening, open-ended questions, and reflective statements to explore clients' thoughts, feelings, and concerns. The goal is to help clients uncover their own motivations for change and resolve ambivalence about making positive changes.

Motivational Interviewing

MI empowers exploring motivations for change, fostering autonomy and ownership. Its non-confrontational approach builds trust, enabling open conversations about challenges and solutions. MI addresses ambivalence by acknowledging it, aiding informed decisions for change with clarity. Empowering goal-setting aligned with values strengthens commitment, confidence, and positive outcomes.

"Vanessa is excellent. She is helping me become the best version of myself. I look forward to our weekly meetings!"


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"Vanessa listens with a kind, compassionate heart and I can tell her anything..." 

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