Langfeld Counseling, PLLC
Hillary Langfeld MSW, LICSW
I have experience in an array of clinical modalities. We will work closely together and collaborate on which approach to therapy may best provide relief from your current symptoms. If you have questions about a specific therapeutic modality, there is a brief overview provided below.
I have experience working with school aged children to adults who are retirement age. I work tirelessly to create an environment where all individuals are welcome as they are.
Langfeld Counseling is providing both in-person and virtual sessions to individuals located in Minnesota.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based therapeutic modality for PTSD, anxiety, phobias, panic, depression, chronic pain, and a number of other mental health conditions. EMDR is based on the premise that past traumas and difficult life events can become "stuck" within our brain's information processing system. This results in compounding difficulties and amplified present day challenges that individuals are left navigating. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to help "stuck" information become processed in a more adaptive way resulting in symptom relief and improvements in quality of life.
The idea of change is one of the only constants in our lives. Grief is the emotional and attachment based process that one goes through when there is a loss in your life. Often times grief is used in connection with loss through a death, but it can also be termed in other situations in which there is a loss. These can include events such as divorce, career changes, new diagnoses, changes in identity/ roles, and many more. Some who experience grief can get stuck or lost in the difficult emotions that come; others may try to avoid this crucial process altogether resulting in difficulty integrating the loss into their life. Grief counseling support centers on the idea of continued bonds with the object of loss. This is done through learning what the grieving process looks like, addressing strong emotions connected to the loss, guided visualizations to remain connected to the object of loss, and using strategies to assist in integrating the loss into your life.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapeutic approach that has demonstrated effectiveness for working with a large number of conditions including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. CBT approaches have also been modified to address a number of physiological conditions including insomnia and chronic pain as well. At the center of a CBT approach is the idea that one's behaviors and thoughts are connected, and can influence one another. Someone who is receiving CBT can expect to spend time in therapy identifying and relearning thought processes and behavior patterns that are unhelpful in ones life.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a skill based therapeutic approach that focuses on improving an individual's ability to implement skills in difficult situations or address problematic behaviors that are impacting building a life worth living. At the center of DBT approaches include using dialectics (synthesis between opposites), acceptance, validation, and problem solving to improve quality of life. DBT often focuses on four skill areas in particular including emotional regulation skills, mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, and distress tolerance skills.
Mindfulness skills aim to improve one's ability to be present in their lives from one moment to the next. This can be achieved by practicing mindfulness exercises and adopting an open, accepting, and non- judgmental mindset towards your current experience. Mindfulness skills can be practiced in a number of ways; these can range from lengthy formal meditation practices to short breathing exercises used periodically throughout the day. Practicing mindfulness based skills can increase your awareness of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and how these components resonate in your body. Improving your ability to pay attention to various sensations, thoughts, and emotions that you experience can also improve reactivity to these same sensations, thoughts, and emotions allowing one to feel more emotionally regulated.
Do you have other mental health needs? I am happy to work with companies, organizations, or groups to provide education, presentations, or other services on various mental health topics.