Do you need an affordable counseling option? Maybe you have a high insurance deductible? You can still receive excellent therapy services via video telehealth with a master’s level intern for a reduced fee of $20-$25 per session. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
But first, meet our interns!
Jackie is a Graduate Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. Available June-December, 2021.
Hi! I’m Jackie, Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern from USM, and building warm, genuine relationships is my passion. Navigating all that life throws at us can be overwhelming, and you don’t have to do it alone. Together, we’ll create a safe environment to process and explore your experiences with curiosity and compassion. From a place of empathy, I utilize mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral based approaches to help clients navigate the ups and downs.
Starting in June 2021, I’ll be offering flexible and convenient virtual sessions via Zoom. Join me in holding space to honor whatever is going on for you at the moment Pets are always welcome in my telehealth sessions, and sometimes my two year old puppy can even be convinced to make an appearance, if requested! We’ll make this time yours — to explore, to relate, to heal, and to grow.
- 18-30 year olds (please note I am unable to service clients under the age of 18 at this time)
- Life stage transitions
- Boundary setting and maintenance
Edwin Van Bibber-Orr
Edwin is a Graduate Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. Available June-September, 2021.
I invite you to consider that by contemplating the idea of going to therapy, you are engaging in a profound act of self-love. Asking for help is one of the most difficult things any of us can do; in our society, it seems, we are always supposed to be doing well.
Most of us, however, are not always doing well. We all face times that are challenging and painful: the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of a sense of direction or purpose. We feel depressed, addicted, anxious, alone. It is a great strength during these times to reach out and let someone know that, in fact, we are not doing so well. Just by considering therapy, you are exhibiting great strength. You may in fact be at a wonderful time of positive change and growth, brought about by a difficult period in your life.
I come to this work in the footsteps of my mother, who was a therapist and Reiki practitioner. When she passed in 2018, I returned home to Maine from an academic career in Chinese language and literature. I speak Mandarin fluently. I have always had a passion for the study of language, and I often wondered how I might more deeply explore the energy of connection that sparkles within it. And so, in the spirit of my mother’s memory, I embarked on this exploration of the power of human connection.
There are many different understandings of the practice of therapy. There are many different approaches. At the heart of all therapy, however, is the relationship between the therapist and the client. It is my endeavor as a therapist to bring a degree of empathy to this relationship which allows you to fully and safely experience and explore who you are and who you might like to be. My role is that of a guide, listening and being with you fully, without judgment. What I hope will become available for you in the space we create together is a capacity to experience yourself with acceptance and compassion.
I look forward to being with you on your journey.
Caitlin is a Graduate Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. Available June-December, 2021.
Hi, I’m Caitlyn… I am a graduate student at University of Southern Maine working to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. I come to the counseling profession after nearly a decade of working as a professional baker. Providing support to others and helping people better their lives is a deeply rooted passion of mine that called me to the counseling profession. I am trained to work with individuals, couples, families, and children.
I believe your story has power and deserves to be heard, respected and championed. I am here to be your ally in life’s challenging moments. I will show up for you with a listening ear, compassionate heart, open mind, and safe environment. Our work together begins with a strong, trusting and empathic therapeutic relationship. From there, I will be with you every step of the way as you navigate the beautiful and complex journey of your personal growth and self-empowerment.
I will work with you from a person-centered, emotion-focused approach, while also considering the systems that make up your life and story. We will work together to tailor-make a therapeutic experience that works for you. In my opinion, the goal of therapy is not to pathologize you but rather to demythologize your struggles. It is my goal to help destigmatize mental health care and give back to society through my work as your counselor.
People seek counseling when they need help overcoming life’s challenges. If you have arrived at this page, you probably understand this feeling well. Whether you are depressed, anxious, facing a crisis or looking for a sense of meaning and fulfillment that has eluded you, positive change is possible. Within each of us is the power and wisdom to heal. But, sometimes we need help to achieve this.
Whether your challenges are rooted in past trauma, major life changes or environmental hurdles, I work with you to identify the source of your issues and explore strategies and tools to help. As a counselor, I connect deeply with clients and work alongside them to explore and understand their own struggles, values and priorities. Our work often involves:
- Telling your story
- Identifying obstacles and stressors
- Enhancing self-awareness
- Managing change and transformation
- Building courage and resilience
Unlocking your own power and inner wisdom is entirely within your grasp. By establishing an empathic and honest relationship built on trust and mutual respect, we work together to help you access your inner strength and create positive change in your life.