Larisa Blum, MA at Grateful Heart Therapy Center
About the practice
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #75708 providing somatic therapy for individuals and couples. As a somatic therapist certified in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), I focus on relational, attachment and childhood trauma issues, and work with individuals and couples to address relationship ambivalence, anxiety, major life transition, depression, stuckness, poor communication and conflict, among other issues. I help with building awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings and physical sensations to develop greater insight and to uncover new choices. In therapy, we experience new and different parts of ourselves that allow us to make choices that support our having the life we want. While there are many varieties of therapy, ultimately their purpose is to support us in liberating ourselves from the angst that life, relationships, existence and even our most inner personal experiences are not what we want. In trying to avoid this discomfort and dissatisfaction, we often end up entangling ourselves in even larger problems--conflict with loved ones, isolation, depression, anxiety, addictions, infidelity, low self-esteem, physical ailments and other relational and personal challenges. Sometimes these problems stem from past trauma; sometimes they are in the present. Therapy--and specifically, somatic therapy, helps individuals to navigate their external and internal realities to arrive at new possibilities and ways of experiencing themselves and others. We refine our awareness of how the world impacts us, how we allow ourselves to be impacted; and, we excavate and develop internal resources that can transform our lived experience into one of purpose, pleasure, joy, energy, connection and nurture. Larisa Blum, MFT Intern #75708 Grateful Heart Holistic Counseling Center www.larisablum.com Supervised by Dominique Lando, MFT- License #44542
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