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    Our clinicians are generally full. Although any one may get an opening at any time, we can not guarantee that any given clinician (or any clinician at all) has an opening at any given time. We will do our best to place you with one if there is availability. We do not keep waiting lists, as they get too long to be realistically considered useful.

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    Our eating disorder therapists only work with adults (not teens or children). If you have an eating disorder in the mix, we will need to put you with someone who specializes in eating disorders due to the complexity that such a diagnosis contributes to the overall clinical picture. If we do not have an eating […]
    MOLLY STERLING, LPC

    MOLLY STERLING, LPC

    Anxiety & Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    LGBTQIA+
    Life Transitions
    Parenting Issues
    Stress Management
    Trauma (not DID)
    Women's Issues
    NICOLE SMITH-JUAREZ, LPC

    NICOLE SMITH-JUAREZ, LPC

    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    Body Image Issues and Disordered Eating
    Immigration Issues (particularly from Latin America)
    LGBT
    KENZ TAGGATZ, LPC

    KENZ TAGGATZ, LPC

    ADD/ADHD
    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    Athletes
    Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
    Identity Exploration
    Intuitive Eating & Fat Liberation
    LGBTQIA2S+ Community
    Life Transitions
    Relationship Issues
    Sex & Intimacy
    Trauma
    CAITLIN SCHRAGE, LCSW

    CAITLIN SCHRAGE, LCSW

    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    Bipolar
    LGBT
    Life Transitions
    Relationship Issues
    Self Esteem
    Substance Use
    Women’s Issues
    ALLISON STRAUSBERG, LCSW

    ALLISON STRAUSBERG, LCSW

    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    LGBTQIA+ (queer, trans, and non-monogamy affirming)
    Life Transitions
    Neurodivergence (not testing)
    Relationship Issues
    KATIE KOTSOVOS, LPC

    KATIE KOTSOVOS, LPC

    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication and Boundaries
    Body Image Issues
    Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders
    Stress Management
    Trauma (not DID)
    BOBBY MESSER, LPC

    BOBBY MESSER, LPC

    Anxiety and Depression
    Cultural and Systemic Oppression
    LGBT Issues
    Men’s Issues
    Relationship Issues
    Trauma (including DID)
    MELINA LARKIN, LCSW

    MELINA LARKIN, LCSW

    Abuse & Trauma (not DID)
    Anxiety & Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    Body Image Issues
    Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
    LGBTQIA+ Issues
    Sex & Intimacy (including non-monogamy & kink)
    SARAH ALEXANDER, LCSW

    SARAH ALEXANDER, LCSW

    Sarah's case load is currently closed as she works on staff development, creating groups to teach the Language of Emotions, and growing the practice in exciting new ways.

    Clinicians at Brave Acorn are trauma-trained, not just trauma-informed

    “Emotions don’t create problems. They arise to help you deal with the problems.”

    Emotions are a crucial aspect of psychology and, thus, mental health. Unfortunately, families and society tend to pass judgement on emotions rather than teach or honor their function. To give you an idea of just how very emotion-phobic our culture is, even professional therapists (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) are not educated as to the function of emotions in their formal training. As a result, even therapists tend to offer only suggestions on how to regulate or control emotions. In the spirit of Karla McLaren‘s quote above, we here at Brave Acorn make space for people to explore their own emotions as bridges (rather than obstructions) to healing and growth.

    "Problems cannot be solved at the level of thinking that created them."

    Most people who come to see us about weight issues believe that that their weight, food, or body is the problem: “If I could just [be my ideal weight, eat what I should, fix my metabolism, etc.], I would be better and my life would be so much easier.” Our society’s so-called “obesity epidemic” did not originate with weight problems, however; weight wasn’t and isn’t the problem. Instead, over the centuries, authorities from various walks of life (and with various motives) have determined that people need to eat or look a certain way in order to be “good,” “attractive,” or “healthy.” In the spirit of Albert Einstein’s quote above, we do not attempt to help people solve their weight issues by helping them fit into society’s current transient ideal. Instead, we help people shift to an entirely different way of thinking about (and treating) their own bodies and relationship with food.

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