"Between the stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
- Viktor Frankl
Jen Kollasch MA, LMHC
Individual Psychotherapy is an organic process where we look at what symptoms or over-adaptations you want to shift. I use clinical modalities and interventions to invite healing and transformation.
Trauma therapy is an informed approach where the emphasis is on the relationships our mind, body and spirit have with an experience. I use an integrative approach to support your intrapersonal and interpersonal healing journey. I look at maladaptive behaviors as protectors of wounded parts of ourselves. Befriending our protections allows a relationship and understanding of why we show up in certain ways. This invites self-compassion, release of symptoms & space to form a healing and honoring path forward.
Entering and experiencing change can be stressful, even when the change is desired. Having a way to access grounding and orienting back to YOU permits transitioning to happen with you rather than to you. Rituals, structure, release, Self work, and embracing change are topics we may cover together.
Highly Sensitive Person
Do you find yourself feeling other people's feelings? Do you experience fear of connecting with other people because you do not want to take on their energy or get overwhelmed/exhausted in social settings? Do you experience panic attacks when thinking about something you are excited about like a trip or dinner with a good friend? Do you have trouble sleeping because of this worry? I support your exploration of boundaries and skills to move through the intense emotions.. Creation of new sacred space(s) and rituals for you to nourish and celebrate your gift.
Nurturing and understanding the function of our bodies and mind invites healing.
Brief on Psychological Theories used in session:
Attachment Theory focuses on relationships you have made with yourself and others and through those relationships are how you connect and live in the world.
Humanistic Theory takes the stance that you, the client, know and have the ability within you to change your path. I, the therapist, take a position of looking at you, the individual, and believe in your ability of choice while offering a safe and nurturing environment.
Psychoanalytic Theory to look at your family of origin, how you may, often unconsciously, project your needs and expectations on others. Together we can examine the protections that are no longer serving you.
Internal Family System curiously and compassionately looks to identify and learn the different parts of you that have been working hard to keep you going. In IFS all parts are welcome, and you begin to learn you have the ability within you to nurture and unburden what is no longer serving you.
Polyvagal Theory gives insight into how the body physically responds to stimuli including trauma, stress, excitement, and grief. Understanding what state your body is in and how your body and mind communicate give foundational structure for emotional regulation and functioning.
Modalities and Interventions:
In Anti-Oppression interventions I use contradictions to the stories you have been told and/or have adopted about yourself that make you feel less than and the behaviors that accompany those beliefs. Many social constructs are based on oppressing another and those subtle and overt beliefs fuel ways of being and knowing in the world. The result of oppression can come between your Self and who you are taught to be.
I use Mindfulness techniques such as grounding and orienting to bring you into the present moment where life is lived. Mindfulness helps you learn how your thoughts and behaviors are connected to your presence in the world.
I integrate Somatic processing through bringing awareness of and building relationship with your body. I guide you to notice what is happening inside you when you are in in your brain or on autopilot.
I use breath work, guided imagery, and focusing in your body to bring awareness of reaction and causation of doing and thinking.
Trauma-informed means I provide psychoeducation on how trauma affects your perspective in and on the world.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses psychodynamic theory, theory of neural cognition, rapid desensitization and somatic processing to help people recover from traumatic flashbacks, toxic memories, and nightmares. EMDR is a mind-body integrative process. I use a pulsing bilateral energy as a medium to access the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
Emotion Freedom Technique uses acupressure points to connect somatically and taps into a cognitive behavioral technique of thought changing to help people recover from anxiety loops.