Kayla is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Trauma-Informed Art Therapist, who for the past 19 years, has successfully empowered clients to lead more joyful and authentic lives. She is trained and experienced in Neurobiology and Evidence-Based Practices.
Kayla approaches healing holistically, meaning each individual is a whole Mind, Body, and Spirit. She believes that your body & soul innately guide you towards healing. It’s the most natural instinct you have, and the path often appears as you step forward.
Kayla believes in the value of exploring with curiosity and compassion into the underlying sources of one’s current emotional and physical pain, challenges and suffering. With skill and compassion in a safe nurturing environment, she gently guides and encourages each individual with self-inquiry, growth, transformation, and ultimately healing.
Here is a brief look into how she works with clients, highlighting helpful tools:
Our thoughts affect how we feel, thus learning to identify how we perceive situations and what triggers our automatic thoughts, makes the difference on whether we create more or less suffering in our lives.
With CBT or Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Schema Therapy, we can learn to work with those thoughts and explore its early roots. Unresolved trauma may often be at the root of many chronic illnesses and long-standing anxiety and depression.
Our earliest relationships with our caregivers created brain patterns or Attachment Styles, that affect how we perceive and behave in all of our relationships.
In a safe setting, triggers are identified and new coping skills are learned. With the supportive relationship of a therapist, new neural connections are created through Neuroplasticity.
Art therapy accesses parts of the brain not reached by talk therapy alone, providing a safe way to express feelings non-verbally while connecting to unconscious parts that help us feel more whole. Furthermore, the act of creative expression is healing in itself, increasing self-esteem, reducing stress, and increasing insight, ultimately leading to a freer and more authentic Self.
Kayla has over 16 years of experience working with:
- Trauma and PTSD,
- Chronic Illness/ Medical issues/ Hospitalization,
- Major Life Transitions- (School Issues, Going Away to College, Midlife, Job Loss, Divorce, Disability)
- Children & Parenting Issues,
- Relationship Issues,
- Family and Couples Therapy,
- Emotional Regulation,
- Grief & Loss/ Bereavement,
- TBI (Traumatic/ Non-Traumatic), Brain Injuries/ Strokes,
- Hospice & End-of-Life/ Palliative Care
- Thought Disorders,
- HSP- Highly Sensitive People
- DARe Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience (Attachment Trauma Certification in Progress)
- Havening (Certification in Progress)
“Perhaps everything terrible, is in its deepest being, something that needs our love.” — Rainer Maria Rilke