For my safety and yours, most services are provided via telehealth while the pandemic is underway.
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING I provide individual counseling/psychotherapy for adults. I have a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Southern Maine and I am licensed to practice in the state of Maine.
Individual Counseling: My fee is $100/ 50-minute hour. Sliding scale is available upon request. I am currently an in-network provider with multiple private insurance providers and MaineCare. I do not accept Medicare benefits.
Finding the approach that will work best for you is a dynamic and creative process that we will explore together. That said, there are certain techniques I go back to over and over as I see their usefulness in helping individuals move through stress and into a more peaceful and empowered life.
Relationship Building The relationship between the counselor and the client is the foundation for all of our work together. This relationship, built over time, provides the safety needed for emotional expression, relational healing, trauma resolution and deep insights. Modern neuroscience reinforces what we already know: the deepest healing happens in connection with others who are safe and supportive.
Cognitive Behavioral Approaches Living with and overcoming old patterns is all about learning to dance. Sometimes you move towards what you fear, what makes your knees shake and your palms sweat, because the avoidance is keeping you from living fully. Other times you take a step away from a situation that is unhealthy, codependent, or emotionally draining. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is about getting to know your habit patterns (thoughts and behaviors) that contribute to feelings of fear, immobilization and lack of empowerment. Once these patterns are brought into the light of day, you can work to change them.
Balancing the Nervous System At the same time, we are more than our thoughts and our behaviors. We are a bundle of nerves as well- and I mean that in a good way. Our bodies gather information from our experiences traveling through the world and store them in sensory memory banks. We learn what is safe and what is unsafe and develop habitual physiological responses based on past experiences. Working with the nervous system is a powerful way to build resilience and restore a sense of connection and safety in the world. I use Polyvagal Theory, breathing techniques, mindfulness practices and guided meditations to help clients access their body's wisdom and integrate experiences stuck there. All work is trauma-sensitive taking into account the most current research on safe and therapeutic interventions for trauma processing.
Expressive Arts Finally, creativity is a tool that many clients find useful in their process- and that I find useful in my own. I always have supplies on hand and we bring them out when a problem or experience is best addressed using wordless or non-linear forms of expression. I am also a SoulCollage facilitator® and integrate this intuitive process into work with clients when useful.
Lillian Harris Counseling PLLC 40 Forest Falls Drive, Suite 3 Yarmouth, ME 04096 (207) 619-3563 firstname.lastname@example.org