Life can be challenging at times. You might be searching for answers to long-awaited questions. You might be looking for direction, clarity, and true inner peace. Maybe you want to answer the age-old questions of “Who am I? What is my purpose?”
As a Licensed Professional Counselor here in the state of North Carolina, I provide a creative, client-centered navigational roadmap to help you through life’s ups and downs. Experiential Therapy is my specialty. Traditional talk therapy is important and necessary; yet, there may come a time when it alone is no longer meeting your needs. Experiential Therapy allows you to move profoundly and quickly through tough emotional terrain. It is created to meet your specific needs and goals through a concentrated, focused experience.
Neighboring Fort Bragg Military Base, my counseling and coaching practice resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The goal when you walk through the doors here is to provide a shame-free, safe, and nurturing place that seeks to bring you back to balance experientially.
What is Experiential Therapy?
Experiential Therapy is an action-oriented, creative treatment approach that goes beyond what many “talk” therapies can access. Experiential Therapy is an experience, hence the name, that is most efficiently used in an intensive format. It is the opportunity to experience trust, honesty, expression of feelings, and sharing of your own story. In Experiential Therapy, you learn how to ask for what you need. Many clients share that they have a new found courage and confidence to try new healthy behaviors with their loved ones. It uses props, materials, music, art, and creativity to aid you in moving from your head to your heart. While treatment is tailored to meet the needs of each client, some examples of Experiential Therapy might include writing a letter in your non-dominant hand OR using a black scarf to do some emotional work around shame.
Benefits of Experiential Therapy…
- Experience vulnerability, courage, and connection
- Let go of shame, anger, and grief
- Learn to accept love and support
- Gain knowledge around suffering
- Increase awareness of family dynamics and how to create a functional family
- Experience honesty, trust and forgiveness
- Improve communication skills
- Learn how to create healthy personal boundaries
- Rediscover yourself by connecting to your inner self/energy
- Aid in maintaining sobriety/abstinence from addiction and codependency
Who Needs Experiential Therapy?
Clients utilize experiential therapy for various reasons and challenges. Relationship problems, marriage issues, addictions, work related challenges, family problems, health issues and more. Maybe there has been a betrayal, a major life transition, a significant trauma, or a loss. Have you tried everything and yet nothing seems to be working? Maybe you’re feeling stuck and uncertain in your traditional weekly therapy. Maybe you need a quick x-ray snapshot of what is going on for you so that you can make a different plan with your treatment moving forward. Maybe you need an eye-opening intense look at a particular issue. Whatever the reason, I can help. I am a phone call away. You can reach me at 910-689-4601.
How Does Experiential Therapy Work?
When going through the process of Experiential Therapy, there can be a desire to return to your loved ones and share much of what you experienced. While it is okay to talk about it, I encourage you to sit on the experience for a few weeks, let it sink in, and then if you want, talk about it. A lot of times when you talk about such a profound experience, the ‘talking’ about it can water down your experience. The beauty of Experiential Therapy is that the change happens once the intensive is over. You will start to notice that you casually set a boundary in that relationship OR that you spoke your truth without hesitation to your coworker on the job.
As Brene Brown says…show up, be seen, and live brave…
Until we chat,