I aim to provide a safe space for humans to be vulnerable, challenged, and supported as intentions are set and patterns are shifted.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Edmond, OK
Rayna began therapy in high school because of an eating disorder, and her therapist sparked her interest in a career as a therapist. Rayna ran a high school dance program for 15 years and prided herself on the low incidence of eating disorders among her dancers. She strives to guide clients in the often difficult journey towards deeper self-love, body love, and realization of the profound mind/body connection.
Rayna has firsthand experience with anxiety that has subsided with age thanks to years of self-exploration, incorporating positive coping, and her own work in therapy. Learning about mindfulness, and learning how to instill mindfulness techniques, is one of the most helpful ways to combat anxiety. Anxiety can be debilitating and terrifying, and Rayna aims to help clients find ways to minimize their struggles and begin to feel empowered and calmer in their daily lives.
Self-Esteem issues are common, and I believe they are often the result of not being true to who we truly are. A lot of people aren't sure who they are, because they try so hard to be who they think they are supposed to be. They want to be accepted, they don't want to hurt loved ones, etc. Self-esteem increases when we start tapping into our authentic selves, and when we start behaving in ways that are in alignment with our core beliefs, values and dreams.
I love DBT! The concept of mindfulness has become central in my work as a dance teacher, and now as a therapist. Learning how to be present in the here and now by focusing in on our senses helps tremendously with anxiety, depression, and stress in general. Emotional regulation can also be life-altering. For those of us who experience intense emotions, learning how to sit with the feelings and not act on them can by incredibly empowering.
As a dance teacher, I believe deeply in the profound connection between the mind and the body. In Western culture, we are often out of touch with our bodies. Athletes are taught to push through pain, and our culture is often so fast-paced, we don't take time to check in, to breathe deeply, and to locate where we hold our tension. We only get one, so how can we learn to listen, to cherish, and to nurture our own unique body?
CBT has always been my go-to as a therapist. When we take time to challenge our automatic thought processes and look at and shift behaviors, amazing change can happen. I also believe that the shifts can be subtle and still lead to wonderful growth in our daily lives.
Rayna has years of experience with teenagers within the LGBTQ community. Rayna believes deeply that we are all individuals, and trying to fit ourselves within societal boxes is overwhelming and draining. She prides herself on helping her clients discover and rediscover who they truly are, and who they want to become. She loves working with teens and parents on acceptance, compassion, communication, and true empathy.
Each human is unique, and treatment should be as well. I draw my approaches from my years of study and experience, and I treat each client with thoughtful consideration and collaboration with them on what will be most effective in reaching their therapeutic expectations.