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WELCOME TO ANN ARBOR COUPLES COUNSELING & HOLISTIC THERAPY

Make your relationships your greatest asset.

What would it feel like to be fully connected to yourself and those you love and interact with on a daily basis?


How would your life change if there was significantly more harmony in your relationships?  


Do you need support to make that happen?


Imagine feeling that your relationships bring a sense of vitality and harmony to your life.  You feel that your needs are met and that you are able to meet the needs of those you love. You feel supported, understood, considered and accepted for who you are. You feel connected to those you love and have the energy you need to reach your goals.  You are optimistic about the future. This is the power of quality therapeutic counseling services - individual therapy, couples therapy, relationship support and more!

 
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A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THERAPY

A Holistic approach to therapy is one that considers and appreciates all the different aspects of our selves and our lives that impact our experiences.  I consider the influence of culture/ethnicity, beliefs/values, historical and current opression or injustice, body image, feelings/thoughts/needs, identity and orientation, family of origin dynamics, past physical and/or emotional trauma, spirituality/religion, relationships, work, family, environment, etc.   Whether or not these areas are the focus of our work together, they inform the path we take. 


Additionally holistic mind-body practices (mindfulness, meditation, Ayurveda, yoga, breath/energy exercises, etc.) can be presented and explored if a client is interested.   


As a clinician, this approach allows me to provide support on multiple levels and to partner with you on your journey toward:

1.  healing past or current  emotional pain/trauma

2.  integrating wellness of mind-body-spirit.

3. preparing to better handle future challenges


My approach is client-centered, which means that I guide our work together as we move toward goals that you determine are important in a way that make sense to you.   

 

HOLISTIC/THERAPEUTIC INFLUENCES

Heart-Based Meditation, Ayurveda, Non-Violent Communication, PACT

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HEART-BASED MEDITATION 

PRACTITIONER, INSTRUCTOR

Reduce Stress, Increase Joy and Health

The impact of stress on our physical and emotional well-being can no longer be ignored.  Reasearch has proven that meditation is one of the most effective methods for decreasing stress.  Heart-Based Meditation is a simple technique that works in harmony with the nature of your mind and makes meditation easy and effortless.  As an authorized instructor (and daily practitioner), I am able to incorporate instruction into sessions for interested clients.

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NEW WORLD AYURVEDA

AYURVEDIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER, AYURVEDIC PSYCHOLOGY

Ancient Healing Wisdom

Ayurveda is the primary healthcare system in India and has been practiced for thousands of years.  This system links our health with the biorhythms of the natural world and continues to be extensively practiced and researched around the world for both prevention and treatment of illness/disease.  I was introduced to Ayurveda after struggling for years within the western medical system to find the cause of my discomfort.  Working with Dr. Paul Dugliss, an Integrative MD, I found relief and healing. I became interested in learning more and studied with Dr. Dugliss at New World Ayurveda.  Clients who are interested in incorporating Ayurveda into their healing, may benefit from this rich, holistic practice.

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NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION

STUDENT, PRACTITIONER

A Pathway to the Heart

Marshall Rosenberg's approach to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.  NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepened connection with self and others and improved conflict resolution skills.  
I was introduced to NVC in 2012, during a very difficult time in my life while struggling with what I felt was deep betrayal by a trusted friend.  That came to pass and I realized how NVC can transform violence within us and in our relationships and communities. I dove deep into practice groups, workshops in the fundamentals of NVC as well as participated in a nine-month  NVC parenting training.  
As a student and practitioner of NVC, I bring this resource into our sessions as a tool for deep listening, understanding and connecting.

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PACT - A PSYCHOBIOLOGICAL APPROACH TO COUPLES THERAPY

LEVEL TWO PRACTITIONER

Adult Attachment Based Relationship Therapy

PACT, developed by Stan Tatkin, is both first aid for relationships that are in trouble and provides a long-term framework to help us work toward secure functioning in our relationships.  It was developed especially for couples, yet may be applied generally to intimate relationships.  I consider PACT to be mind-body couples therapy as it applies what we know about how our brains work, with how we relate to ourselves and others (attachment research) and our nervous system (threat response) in relationships.

 

SERVICES I OFFER

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RELATIONSHIP THERAPY

Challenges within significant relationships cause stress, anxiety, confusion and have a major impact on our day-to-day functioning.  Children (adult or minor), siblings, parents/step-parents, extended family, close friends or neighbors, co-workers - all of these relationships are significant and when conflict arises within them our lives are impacted. Schedule a one-time consult for support/coaching/empathy, several sessions for more in-depth exploration or an actual session/s with that person to work toward understanidng and resolution.

PACT COUPLES/PARTNER THERAPY

When your intimate relationship isnt functioning well, it is very difficult to manage other areas of life.  Utilizing PACT, great care and consideration is taken to support repair and healing while you move toward deeper intimacy in a neutral (I don't take sides), yet contained, safe environment.  Pair bonding is not random - partners chose eachother for a reason.  Understanding and managing activation and triggers can unlock powerful healing and provide a path toward greater understanding, connection, growth and harmony in your relationship and your life.

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Sometimes one-on-one support is required to move through challenging patterns, integrate and heal past or current traumas,  understand/reslove confusing or painful experiences or to explore newly emerging identities.  On-going symptoms such as anxiety, depression, inability to focus, difficulty making decisions, sleep disturbances, irritability, destructive relationships, self-harming activities, etc. usually are a signal that outside support is required.    Together we will partner to meet your goals in a way that feels comfortable and safe for you.

 

CONTACT ME

Contact me today to learn more and book a session or send me your information and I will contact you.

2020 Hogback Rd. Ste 11
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

734-904-9621

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FEEDBACK I’VE RECEIVED

What My Clients Are Saying

Carisa helped guide me through a very difficult time in my life with a loss of loved ones.  I really appreciated her therapeutic approach of mindfulness and self-compassion.  She is incredibly kind and really cares about her clients.  I cannot recommend her enough.  -G.C.

Throughout the years, I’ve been with many therapists. However, in many cases I really felt they didn’t help me. It seemed as if I was chatting and they were watching the clock. Carisa is TOTALLY different. I am so grateful our paths were able to cross since my life changed completely. She is not only empathic and cares about you, she is also capable of helping you find paths to understand and to deal with problems. It is like she had a mirror and you were able to look at yourself and understand what is going wrong and what you can do. Moreover, her knowledge in other disciplines such as Ayurveda or meditation were wonderful. I can say without doubt that she helped me tremendously and that although ghosts or anxiety keep appearing, I have learned to deal with them without entering in panic mode.


E.S. 

Carisa was recommended by a trusted friend of mine.  My husband had committed suicide in the spring and I knew I needed some support to get through the upcoming holiday season. She helped me begin meditating on a daily basis, which has enhanced my well-being and overall confidence in my ability to manage day-to-day.  I have and will continue to recommend Carisa.