Services are currently offered via telehealth and in person following Covid 19 precautions.
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.
Self-Awareness, Inner Coherence and Interpersonal Skillfulness The first step in feeling healthy and whole is knowing ourselves, inside and out. On the surface, we may be aware of some of our qualities and characteristics that we feel define us, but deeper down we are often unaware of hidden emotions and motivations. We can be a bundle of contradictions. For example, we may say we want intimacy in relationships but then find ourselves shutting down or picking fights with those we love. Developing internal coherence is a process of getting to know ourselves from the inside out; of working with all parts of ourselves to create a well-functioning internal system. I use an Internal Family Systems-informed approach to facilitate cooperation among the many voices or "parts" of ourselves. Then we incorporate additional skills such as boundary setting and mindful communication to support healthy, thriving relationships with others.
Balancing the Nervous System With all this attention on our emotions and thoughts, sometimes we forget that we live in a body. When we experience trauma, chronic stress and physical illness we are reminded. Working with the nervous system is a critical part of healing in therapy. As we go through days, our bodies gather information from our experiences in 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 useful 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 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