When the burdens of our circumstances, relationships, or daily lives, in general, begin to weigh on our shoulders, finding help in a safe, therapeutic, non-judgmental space can begin to ease our heavy loads. My name is Caitlin Pierce, and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist with 14+ years in the field. I have spent the bulk of my career working with families and individuals in both office and in-home settings. I have a history of training and practice in trauma-focused counseling, relationships (family, marriage, parenting), stress/anxiety management, and I also am a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist. With this specialization, I can support wellness and health-related concerns such as self-esteem, body image, and making lifestyle changes like stress-reduction or shifting priorities. My favorite part of being a counselor is watching the people I work with begin to see a new "story" emerge or a shift in thinking around their presented problems. I like to help clients unlock the parts of their minds that remain stuck in a particular way of thinking or feeling that keeps them from feeling their best. I believe that all of us are capable of change, whether we're 18 or 85, and with healthy support and guidance, there is hope to feel better. I aim to bring my clients a conversational, personal, and humanistic counseling style. I look forward to working together!
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Clients can expect to feel we've connected on a human-to-human level through their work with me. I will often use humor and real-life examples throughout our work together in hopes of creating a relaxed, comfortable, and open therapy space. I like to challenge my clients to explore the hidden layers/parts of themselves that are keeping them from experiencing relief, contentment, and healthy symptom management. We all have a "story" and a journey to how we got here, and I respect and value each person's story. I want my clients to feel there's no problem too weird, big, small, odd, seemingly meaningless, or complicated for the therapy space.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I love the use of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Family Systems work, Narrative Therapy and trauma-informed CBT.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
The mind-body connection is huge. Sometimes a spike in anxiety, depression, stress, or other diagnoses can be linked back to lifestyle habits. I like to explore how people "live" - eat, sleep, move, socialize, etc. - and how it could play a part in their symptoms. Because I also wear a hat in wellness and fitness coaching, I can easily incorporate that into my work. Outside of this, I have been working in family systems/relationship therapy for many years. Even if you are coming to me with an individual concern, I will try and explore how the people around you, the influences you had throughout your life, etc. could potentially contribute to what you are experiencing now.