Hi, I'm Brooke
I'm the director and founder of RiverBend Counseling. My passion and specialty lie in helping those who may have past trauma that impacts their ability to live the full and meaningful lives they would like. Specifically, I work with traumas that have happened early in one's life (developmental trauma) and trauma within significant relationships (attachment trauma).
Through creating a safe and genuine connection with my clients, we are able to work collaboratively to set goals, reduce the distress of daily life that often accompanies trauma, and rapidly improve overall functioning. When approaching trauma therapy, EMDR therapy or any other healing process, I view it as a whole and encompassing work - integrating both mind and body in how my clients respond and adapt to life events.
I am trauma-informed and work through three specific lenses: toxic stress (the effect stress has on our bodies,) neurobiology (how our brain and body respond to stress/trauma,) and attachment (how we learn as little people to be safe in the world.) Working through these lenses allows me to consider what has happened to my clients to impact their functioning, not “what’s wrong with them.”
My clinical experience has taught me that when we actively seek to address these areas of life, clients feel empowered and equipped to move through trauma and engage in their life with purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.
Hi, I'm Nikki
Helping clients make meaning during difficult life transitions is my specialty. Whether it’s a recent mental or physical diagnosis, starting a new job, moving away from home, losing a loved one, or ending a relationship, I am equipped to help you navigate these transitions to find healing and wholeness.
I am particularly passionate about working with clients that may have issues surrounding infertility, pregnancy loss, perinatal mental health (anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and/or postpartum), and relationship stressors. On these journeys, overwhelming and often debilitating emotions can surface as you grieve that your life is different than you thought it would be. Figuring out how to relate and connect to others in the midst of pain and loss can be very challenging.
I work hard to tailor interventions that meet your specific needs. My goal is to improve functioning and reduce stress through processing your concerns and strengthening your coping skills. I aim to make a connection with you and create an environment for you that feels secure and sincere.
I use a holistic approach to therapy, understanding that our minds, bodies, and spirits are all intertwined and need harmony to optimally function.
During your session with me, we will work together to make a therapeutic connection and to create realistic goals for your time in therapy, so that you feel more empowered and at peace.
Hi, I'm Jesie
I believe wholeheartedly that everyone can heal and that there is goodness in this world. Experiences like grief and loss, trauma, and emotional suffering can cause us to doubt our ability to heal and can prevent us from experiencing that goodness. My work as a counselor is to come alongside my clients and to help them see the good again-both the goodness in the world, and the goodness in themselves.
As a Certified Grief Counselor, my focus lies on helping clients develop effective coping skills in the midst of intense despair as a result of their loss. I use a mixture of practical coping skills and deeper levels of processing to ensure my clients are able to function day to day while diving into the work of healing.
As a body respect advocate, I work diligently with my clients to enter into the brave work of reclaiming their relationship with their bodies and rejecting diet culture's notions around the pursuit of perfectionism. I work in collaboration with my clients to reclaim the joy in movement, food, and body awareness that we can lose when we engage in society's rigid body standards. Through meaningful relationship, thoughtful interventions, and plenty of humor, I create a safe space where my clients can truly heal and find meaning in their experiences.
I understand personally, that the decision to pursue healing requires courage, readiness, and commitment. I am honored to walk alongside you through this soulful work.