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As a therapist, I offer counseling for individuals at this time.  I specialize in bereavement, life transition, anxiety and depression, as well as women's issues, Spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and general wellness.  I maintain a private practice in Newington, CT called The Sacred Self, LLC.

I am a graduate of University of St. Joseph specializing in Community Mental Health with a concentration in Spirituality.  I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, I have twenty years of teaching experience ranging from pre-school to high school and beyond!  I have also presented at various conferences/workshops and to general audiences speaking on the topics of meditaion, self-care, wellness, and spirituality.

I am an interactive, person centered therapist who has extensive training in Internal Family Systems Therapy.   My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client with a focus on Internal Family Systems Therapy. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

I am  certified in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) which can be used in the treatment of anxiety issues as well as PTSD.  This therapy can also be very effective in dealing with the challenges and obstacles of daily life that can get in the way of our functioning to our fullest potential.

I am also a certified Personal Trainer through  AFAA and offers personal training as an addition to her psychotherapy practice.  In addition to Personal Training and Group Fitness certifications, I have also participated and completed an 8 week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness, UMASS.  I have also completed a year long process of Level I Internal Family Systems Therapy and am currently enrolled in the Level 2 training.  I continue to make mindfulness, meditation and daily exercise part of my normal life routine.

I have also participated in various workshops and continuing education opportunites sponsored by organizations such as INR and the American Counseling Association.  Some of the topics of these trainings are PTSD, Trauma, and Anxiety, how to effectively offer therapy through private practice, and how to deal with disordered eating.

I have participated in a day long workshop:  "Cravings, Habits, and Emotions"  which dealt with how the brain works, how we develop cravings, and what we can do to help people who struggle with addictive behavior.
I was also able to attend a lecture at Springfield College where Gary Taubes (author of Why We Get Fat, and Good Calories, Bad Calories) spoke about what the research says regarding those topics!  Nutrition has always been another passion of mine, and learning more about how the body works in conjunction with the mind is not onlly fascinating but helps me help those who struggle with weight issues and body image.

Finally...I also have training on Incorporating Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga into my Psychotherapy Practice!  I have already begun putting more of these things into my therapy practice and hope to have Meditation and Stretching and Relaxation classes up and running soon!  

Charleen is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and the Connecticut Counseling Association.

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