What We Do

A Scientific, Evidence-Based and Comprehensive Mind-Body Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our Mission


To take people from despair to hope through simple skills-based interventions based on cutting edge research about the brain.

To expand access to wellness skills to enhance resiliency for our community Heroes and their family members.

To expand access to biologically based treatments by training frontline service providers, community leaders and clinicians in order to build local capacity in diverse communities nationally and internationally.

Our Beliefs

As a trauma educated practice we are committed to the following values:

Every individual, child and adult, has a natural-born resiliency.

When a traumatic event has resulted in symptoms, individuals are entitled to treatment that is gentle, effective and culturally-sensitive.

Education and intervention about the common reactions to traumatic experiences must be available to diverse populations and cultures.

Treatment of individuals suffering from traumatic stress reactions must be accessible and affordable to all members of society.

Enhancing the capacity of communities to provide for their own members rather than relying on outside ‘experts” creates resiliency –informed communities.

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Our Values and Commitment

~ We recognize that trauma has lasting impacts on a person’s and group’s mental, relational, physical, social, and spiritual well-being.
~ We welcome each client with the understanding that trauma (direct, indirect, generational, systemic, relational, acute, chronic, covert, overt) has likely impacted our client in the past or present whether this is directly disclosed or not.
~ Our therapists are trained to recognize signs of trauma, respond to trauma in safe and effective ways, and limit re-traumatization of our clients.

~ Our therapists will create an environment of emotional and physical safety, free of judgment and discrimination for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or status.
~ Above all, our therapists connect to empathy-based approaches and understanding of their clients.  Individual clients will be supporting in increasing their self-compassion and couples/family members will be supported in increasing empathy for loved ones.  We believe that all people are wired to need connection and compassion.

~ Clients have the final say in their treatment. This includes choices and collaboration with their therapists on the type of treatment, focus of their session, treatment goals, frequency of sessions, and how and when they would like to end therapy.  Collaboratively, an individualized treatment plan will be developed to outline not only your goals, but objectives to meeting your goals.

~ Our therapists aim to build a trusting therapeutic relationship and recognize that the foundation of trust in therapy begins by honoring and validating the truth of our clients’ experiences.

~ Our clients are the experts of their own story and experiences. Our therapists aim to facilitate empowerment in our clients towards their goals, with respect for each client’s beliefs, cultures, identities and values.

~ We will continue to name racism and implicit bias if it shows up in the workplace or in the therapeutic setting. Racism is not tolerated at A New Day Counseling and any concerns or complaints should be reported directly to Erin Willard.

~ Our therapists stay up-to-date on latest research and therapeutic techniques in the areas of trauma, relationships, and attachment.

~ We strive to make scheduling easy by creating an intuitive website, online-scheduling, and a secure client portal. We are technology-friendly to keep up with your busy world.

~ Each therapist holds two sliding scale spots for lower income clients in need of high quality, affordable therapeutic services.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term that we often hear associated with members of the military or police officers. After World Wars I and II, “shell shock” and “combat fatigue” were used to describe the signs associated with PTSD in servicemen before it was diagnosed as such. However, PTSD is not something that is limited to combat veterans. It is a condition that can affect anyone who has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. In fact, over 7.7 million Americans suffer from PTSD, and that number does not include undiagnosed cases or children with PTSD. Many times, living with undiagnosed PTSD can lead to self-medicating with substances, and eventually addiction.

What is Mental Health?

The definition of mental health from the World Health Organization (WHO) characterizes it as “… a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Clinically, mental health can be broken down to mean “an absence of a mental disorder.” However, it goes beyond the absence of a disorder and encompasses your emotional, behavioral and physical well-being, including your ability to take pleasure in your life and achieve balance.

According to statistics, 20 percent of Americans experience a mental health issue each year, while nearly five percent of American adults have a serious mental disorder – and many have more than one. In fact, in most of the developed world (including the United States), psychological issues are one of the primary causes of disability.

Research has shown that anyone has the potential to develop a mental disorder, though it can be caused by trauma, genetics, addiction or any number of possible factors.

We welcome all our clients to attend and be part of our very welcoming and comfortable-setting therapy groups. All therapy groups are designed to help empower, heal, and improve the lives of its members. A New Day Counseling offers topic specific groups and women only groups. Our groups are about helping group members feel more connected to others in the groups who have similar issues and experiences in their lives.

Grief & Loss

Grief can last longer than the initial time after an event, and it can hit months, even years later. We grieve the loss of more than the death of loved ones; we also grieve the ending of relationships, the loss of what we missed out on in childhood, being diagnosed with life changing illnesses or injuries and we also grieve changes in our financial and social status, loss of careers, aging and loss of youth, and more.

If you have lost a loved one, had a traumatic loss in your life, are going through a major life transition or crisis, or are separating/going through a divorce, you will go through a major period of grieving. Grief is a bridge when you go through life transitions, endings and new beginnings.

While there are differences in the grief reactions you have when a loved one dies, there are also many similarities in grief reactions with other losses. Grief associated with death is more intense in some ways and specific to losing the loved person in your life.

The more permanent the loss, the stronger the response to it. Feelings of grief and loss are common to all people’s experiences. People need support during times of loss. They need to talk about their losses, get angry, depressed, and sometimes just forget about it for awhile. There are many confusing emotions one goes through with grief. Also, many people get “stuck” in the grief process. The emotions that accompany grief can be so powerful and overwhelming that some people learn to compartmentalize these feelings, isolate them away from their conscious experience, and develop additional problems as a result.

Our therapists are specifically trained in Grief and Loss.  From the very first therapy session, we come prepared with knowledge, experience, and skills to support and assist you on your unique grieving process.

Groups & Workshops

Throughout the year, A New Day Counseling Therapists hold various styles of therapy groups and workshops. Check back here to discover our current offerings. Curious about how group therapy could be helpful? Here’s what the American Psychological Society (APA) has to say about the benefits of working in a group.

You’re Not Alone…

Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Psychologists say, in fact, that group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.

Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.

Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you are the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.”

Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.”

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Your First Session

Forms

Once you have made your appointment, you will be asked to complete a few forms. You can complete these forms either before or during your first meeting. These forms ask basic information about your:

  • Telephone, email and address information
  • Emergency contact’s telephone, email and address information
  • Medical history
  • Current prescriptions/medications
  • Prior experience in psychotherapy
  • Presenting concerns
  • History of drug and alcohol use
  • History of trauma, if any
  • Initial goals for therapy

If you currently being seen by a psychiatrist or other health care professional, your therapist may also ask you to complete a Release of Information.  It is your choice whether to consent.

Your First Meeting

During your first meeting, most therapists will ask you some preliminary questions as a way of getting to know you and your reasons for seeking therapy. These questions might include:

  • What concerns bring you to therapy at this time?
  • Have you been in therapy before? If so, what was most helpful or problematic about the experience?
  • What are you hoping to experience, accomplish or discover in therapy?
  • How long do you expect to come for therapy?

During your first session, we also encourage you to ask your therapist any questions you may have. The following questions are typical:

  • What is your general therapeutic orientation and approach?
  • Do you have any areas of specialty?
  • How frequently or long do you typically see clients?
  • Do you take insurance?
  • Are you available for phone sessions?
  • What is your position on medication?
  • How active are you in session?

 

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Benefits of Counseling

At times you don’t feel like yourself, and it’s affecting your sleep, your health, and your peace of mind. You hope and pray that your stress issues will lighten up. But, unfortunately, nothing changes on its own. You are not alone. There’s hope!

With each counseling conversation, you will be able to better understand what works and what doesn’t work, eliminate the negative thought pattern that gets you stuck, and find strategies to resolve your problems. Nobody’s life is completely worry-free, but your concerns can be manageable and they don’t have to control your whole life. Your life may seem complicated and you may feel badly now…Things can get better.

You Don’t Need to Do This Alone

Research have shown that psychotherapy can help many people. Many of my clients report relief from stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues…as well as finding a greater sense of peace and happiness. While some people may well be able to handle this alone, I believe that having an unbiased third party—who only cares about you—can make the process easier and sometimes faster. 

With support, encouragement, and tools that counseling provides, you are more likely to engage in the healing process and the pace of growth is greatly accelerated.

We Believe There’s Strength Within Us

We never think anxiety and depression are flaws. You might call them your “imperfection” but we call them “outdated coping strategies” that no longer fit your situation now.

We see gems in those “imperfections” and we focus on your strengths as building blocks for problem solving and future success.

We Use Both Science and Common Sense

Our approach to well-being and psychological health is influenced by almost a decade of experience applying science and best practices in community mental health.  Our practice is “empirical-based”, it just basically means we use scientifically proven therapy tools that works.  At the same time, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all approach and solution.

Together we will find strategies to help you tackle life problems that works for you.

We Take a Whole-Person Approach

The mind and body are in-sync with each other. Drawing from our experience in community mental health, we understand that physical health is very essential to anxiety and depression treatment. Sometimes underlying health concerns or hormonal imbalance can affect our mood and outlook on life.

We can work with your endocrinologists, psychiatrists, family doctors, yoga/meditation practitioners to find ways to help you achieve optimal physical health as well as mental health.

Our Priority is to Make You Feel at Ease in Our Therapy Sessions

Our responsibility is to tune in to your needs and feelings…and make sure you do the same. That makes it easier for you to express yourself and work on your own problems and concerns.

We will be right at your side, sympathetic, compassionate, and helpful…while you heal and make the changes that you want.

You Will Have Nothing Less Than Our Full Attention

We strive to make things easy to understand and never to talk down to you with jargons and vocabularies. Women we have worked with have told me that we have a calming influence and that it’s easy to talk with me.

We focus on YOU in each therapy session…to hear your story, discuss what has and hasn’t worked in the past, offer education about your issues, and help you develop and practice new and healthy ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

All of the approaches we use help guide you in process difficult emotions/events in a meaningful way. We will deal with what is relevant to you and your problems in the here and now, and only when you want to.

Client’s Role

Therapy works best when you are committed to wanting a better life and be willing to work towards getting it. The deeper the problem, often the more work required in order to change it…but also the deeper the rewards will be.

It is important to be open for you to gain insight into your role in your situation and learn to take charge of the changes you want.

We’ll work together to find a solution that works for you, so you can feel better and move towards to the place where you want to be in and where you feel true joy.

Having a great life on your own terms is no mystery. Allow me to show you how.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
~ Joseph Campbell