Family, Health, Integrity, Authenticity, Mindfullness
Dr. Robyn Welk-Richards, PhD
Recovery can be a long and arduous journey, and I am invested in walking with my clients through the deepest darkness as well as the brightest days. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), thus providing recovery-focused psychotherapy to individuals battling an eating disorder is my primary specialty. I am invested in long-term psychotherapy that hinges on the therapeutic relationship, which develops over time. The ideal client for me is a human being who is motivated to move forward and improve upon his or her quality of life, and who has a willingness to try new things, even when they are frightening.
For over a decade I have been masterful and creative in treating individuals who courageously battle eating disorders and other severe mental illnesses. I am well equipped to treat individuals battling myriad emotional and mental health experiences including eating disorders, mood disorders, low self-esteem, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.
I believe each human deserves a chance to authentically live the life they desire, and I consider it an honor to be witness to an individual’s journey. The therapeutic experience starts the minute my client picks up the phone and extends past our closing goodbye. Please contact me to start our relationship!
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Faith, Family, Authenticity, Instilling Hope, Love
Emily Brownfield, MSW, APSW, CMCC
Clinical Operations Manager
The recovery process requires a leap of faith! I understand that taking steps towards recovery can be dialectically exciting and daunting. Each humans’ journey is filled with snapshot-moments that over time impact one’s life in unimaginable ways – positive and negative. The impact these hallmark moments have on a human’s emotional wellbeing is remarkable. As I consider the human experience and furthermore that we are relational beings craving connection, I wholeheartedly believe through the power of a therapeutic relationship, growth and healing can occur.
My therapeutic approach focuses on healing the whole self through utilizing strategies grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have extensive experience providing services in both the residential and outpatient settings, which supports my insights in what a client may need through their journey. Through these experiences I’ve had the privilege to walk alongside human beings of all ages who battle severe eating disorders as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Other populations of which I hold experience with my clients are anxiety, depression, mood disorders, low self-esteem, body image, and working with veterans and their families.
I consider it an honor to walk alongside each of my clients in their journey to reach goals and live the life they desire and deserve. Life is a journey, and I am committed to walking with my clients through both the joys of their lives and the struggles.
Acceptance, Adventure, Knowledge, Simplicity
Shelbie Sullivan, MS, MA, NCC, LPC
Throughout a human’s journey, life has a way of challenging us and, at times it’s difficult to find traction to walk the path. As a clinical psychotherapist, I view myself as a guide, to join alongside you, as you to find more traction to create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. I believe people harbor their own innate resilience. With support it is possible for every human being to emerge from their struggles with a new perspective and authentic hope. I invite a space of openness, nonjudgement, and empowerment to help my clients embrace and grow into their full potential. Although therapy takes work and dedication, I do not believe it needs to be dry and lack opportunities for laughter and joy.
Areas of passion and expertise include chronic and terminal illness, hospice coping, grief, anticipatory loss, self-esteem, body image, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, life adjustments, and meaning making. Using evidence-based modalities, I invite a collaborative and unique process for each person.
Sometimes the biggest act of kindness we can offer ourselves is acknowledging when we need extra support and giving ourselves the permission to accept it. I’m here to be that extra support, whether it’s for short-term or long-term goals. Please know that seeking counseling takes strength and courage. I am grateful that you are here. If you want to feel empowered to rewrite your next chapter, please reach out!
Safety, Integrity, Mutuality, Family (Including Chosen Family), Wellness
Caree Thomas, MSW, APSW
Rediscovery of self can be a laborious journey and I am committed to supporting my clients through all that their journey entails. It is my belief that the most useful therapeutic intervention is building a strong relationship while providing a non-judgmental, safe space. Through my education, as well as professional and experiential practices I have developed a confidence in using multiple cognitive interventions. These include and are not limited to Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I strive to utilize the most evidence-based interventions as my clients, and I work together to unearth and reconnect to ones’ authentic self.
Every human deserves a therapeutic experience that is empowering, liberating, and integrous. At Dr. Robyn Welk-Richards Psychotherapeutic Services, I can lean into my own authentic self and provide counseling to individuals healing from a myriad of mental health disorders, with an intensive focus on eating disorders. My areas of clinical focus include trauma(s), eating disorders, self-esteem, body-image, depression, anxiety, and life adjustments. I am passionate to serve individuals who experience adversities, disabilities, and a disruption of self. This is evident and shines through my years of training as an undergraduate speech pathologist, Christian Counseling Intern, and special education teacher.
The ideal client for me is an individual ready to improve upon their quality of life, motivated to find their voice, and open to working collaboratively. You are the expert in your own life! I am here to acknowledge your experiences through empathic listening and encourage you through compassion and understanding. I look forward to joining you on this part of your journey.
AnnaMarie Seminary, MSW
Post-Masters Clinical Intern
Clinical therapy is a commitment between the therapist and the client. When I sit with a client, young or old, I am holding space for that individual or family. Through the relationship we discover to delicate balance between being still and activating change. My therapeutic approach is to incorporate interventions and strategies from a foundation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, partnered with play therapy and alternative modalities. I utilize a strengths-based approach and offer a non-judgmental stance within the treatment that I provide. I promote creativity within sessions and value developing a strong rapport with my clients throughout counseling. By building trust and healthy communication with clients, I believe progress will be made.
My journey to become a clinical social worker began in 2016. In 2020, I graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and in 2021, I graduated from George Williams College of Aurora University with a Master of Social Work (MSW). As well, I am a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP), providing trauma-informed care within my treatment with clients.
While I have experience working with all age groups including children, adolescents, and adults, I specialize working with children of elementary and middle school ages. In my clinical practice, I have worked with kids who battle anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, and behavioral needs. I enjoy working with the youth as kids experience the world through a different perspective. My goal in working with children is to teach them to advocate for their needs and desires. I want to help children’s voices to be heard rather than silenced. I incorporate emotional identification and regulation within my treatment. My treatment is custom to each client and family’s needs as each child holds unique strengths and areas of improvement.
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