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Lyn-Lake Providers

Our psychotherapists bring a range of expertise to our strengths-based, relational, approach. With training and experience that spans addiction, art therapy, eating disorders, gender identity, mood disorders, sex therapy, EMDR, somatic-based psychology and beyond, each LLPW psychotherapist contributes a unique perspective to our varied therapy methods. It's that range of experience that helps our clients benefit from treatment that's as unique as they are.

Angie Star

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker & Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Admitting to ourselves that we need someone else to help us sort out our problems or emotions can be really hard.

A lot of us have painful feelings, or persistent negative beliefs about ourselves that create problems in our lives. Some of us try to ignore them, pushing them into a box somewhere in our psyche and doing our best to pretend that we’ve got it all together. Or maybe we try to deal with them by reading books or going to 12-step meetings or trying to just focus on the positive.

Sometimes these feelings and negative beliefs can show up in the form of depression and anxiety, or using drugs or too much alcohol. Sometimes they show up as an “inner critic”, a voice that we hear that tells us that we’re not good enough or that there is something wrong with us. They can also show up in our relationships, causing us to feel either insecure and “clingy,” or maybe feel like we can’t trust others or show our emotions.

Admitting to ourselves that we need someone else to help us sort out these kind of things can be really hard. We might hear a voice that tells us we should be able to handle this on our own. Or, we may have pushed some feelings down for so long that we are terrified of what it will look like if we start to deal with them. As a therapist, I have had the privilege of watching numerous people experience the transformation that comes from having the courage to reach out for help, finally understanding why they feel and behave the way they do, and having someone walk them through the steps of healing their painful feelings and beliefs.

If any of this speaks to you, and you’re ready to take the leap to talk with someone, I would be happy to listen. I work with lots of adults with various mental health issues. I happen to have specific experience in working with people with trauma and addictions. I use a lot of different tools and approaches depending on what someone is struggling with. If you’re familiar with the different types of therapy, the ones that I use most often are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).

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It's our range of experience that helps our clients benefit from treatment that's as unique as they are.

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Understanding our relational  approach can give you a sense of how psychotherapy can help. Unlike counseling and other types of therapy, it takes a perspective that’s both deeper and broader. By focusing on emotions, it seeks to discover hidden pieces of who you are and then to understand how those pieces fit together.