Sense of Self Counseling and Mindfulness is the private, licensed therapy practice of Emilie Ryan, LPC, NCC, RYT (she/her). Emilie's education and experience enables her to offer effective and individualized mental health care. She treats a number of mental health concerns, and provides a safe environment for individual and group therapy. Please call or email to check whether services are covered by your insurance.
Emilie holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado (2014) and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Neo Yoga in Goa, India (2010). She comes to being a therapist from a 12-year career in business. She specializes in treating individuals experiencing complex trauma and PTSD, anxiety and stress, panic attacks, dissociation, attachment concerns, self-esteem, and identity development. Emilie works with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and economic classes with training, sensitivity, and respect.
In addition to conventional therapeutic methods, Emilie is trained in research-supported somatic therapies including Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, and using breathing, yoga, and meditation in session if clients are interested. She is passionate about studying the role of the autonomic nervous system as it relates to mental health and helping clients make sense of their experiences from an integrated and holistic perspective. Emilie is an experienced practitioner of mindfulness and somatic techniques in and outside of the counseling room.
I specialize in Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Attachment Theory, and Neurobiological Approaches - all from a strengths-based focus. I regularly engage in anti-oppression and identity-based continuing education and conversations.
My goal is to help you understand yourself. Through understanding, you can make more intentional choices about how you handle challenges, feel emotion without overwhelm, be present and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Many individuals experience lingering symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. The impacts of trauma can also be stored in our bodies and experienced as a felt sense of threat. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of healing with group and /or individual therapy. Trauma therapy is much more than just re-telling your story.
I have completed 3 years of specialized training in Somatic Experiencing: "A naturalistic, and neurobiological, body-oriented approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders; restoring the authentic self with self-regulation, relaxation, wholeness, and aliveness." - Peter Levine. In session, we can use SE to renegotiate habitual patterns, build capacity, and facilitate healing. SE includes gradually building capacity to be with our Internal sense. It offers a unique way to process trauma through titrated exposure and completion of self-protective responses.
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgement. In counseling, mindfulness is used as a type of Cognitive and Somatic Therapy and is supported by a large body of research. It has been found to be effective in alleviating a wide variety of symptoms. Mindfulness can be used in therapy as a way to understand our experience and increase choice in our actions. Practices may include different types of guided meditation, breathing-exercises, mindful movement, and visualizations.
Peter A. Levine