© 2018 by Paula Stephani

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults of all ages and specializes in issues related to trauma and grief. I also enjoy working with people who feel anxious, overwhelmed, and overstimulated by their environment.

If you have been struggling with painful habit patterns, anxiety that keeps you from living fully, traumatic memories, deep-seated beliefs that there is something wrong with you, or unrelenting grief and sadness, please consider reaching out to me. 

Neuroscience continues to reveal more and more about how the different parts of the brain interact and how the brain processes and resolves anxiety and trauma. These scientific discoveries inform a variety of the most effective treatment modalities used today.

The root of many of our painful feelings, symptoms, patterns, and beliefs about ourselves lies in the emotional part of the brain, the limbic system. The emotional brain speaks the language of imagery, sensation, and other felt experience rather than the language of reason, logic, or cognitive understanding, and we must engage with this deeper, more primitive level of the mind using the language it responds to for lasting change to occur.

 

Because of the way our brains are wired, the emotional brain often overrides our rational understanding and conscious intentions, and we are left confused, frustrated, and stuck in debilitating patterns, feelings, and beliefs about ourselves and others.

My therapeutic approach is collaborative, creative, intuitive, and neuro-scientifically based. It integrates a warm, compassionate, therapeutic alliance with a process called memory reconsolidation that engages the emotional brain to revise and heal traumatic memories or painful childhood relational experiences. Throughout the process, we focus on cultivating  the resilience, strength, wisdom, power, integrity, and sense of well-being that already exist within you, but that you may have been out of touch with due to the issues you have been struggling with.

 

The work of therapist, teacher, and author Courtney Armstrong informs my own clinical work and I encourage you to explore her website www.realworldtherapy.com to learn more about memory reconsolidation if you are interested. 

In addition to a private psychotherapy practice, I have also worked for eleven years as a crisis intervention counselor and supervisor in a community mental health center. Other training includes a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and additional studies in Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Applied Neuroscience for Treating Anxiety, and Mindfulness-Based approaches.

Please contact me to schedule a free 15 minute consultation or to schedule an appointment. 

 

Paula Stephani

Licensed Professional Counselor

1650 38th St. Suite 100E

Boulder, CO. 80301

720-608-6037

paula@beyourownally.com