Dr. Isabelle Ait-Chalalet
Adults & Adolescents
trauma & grief / anxiety & stress/ self-care
Licensed Professional Counselor (#68815)
Licensed Marriage & Family (#201920)
Telehealth / face-to-face / walk therapy
Anxiety disorders & Stress relief: get the toxic out of your nervous system (NS) by practicing evidence-based strategies. The NS is your body's command center. It affects your moods, your thoughts, your feelings, your digestions, etc. That's why a healthy & balanced NS will help you bounce back during adversity because it's wired to heal.
What can help you increase your NS capacity to regulate? There're many ways like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to work on your thinking, mind-body therapy. But unless I discover what works for you I won't know what best for you. You're unique.
A mind-body approach might help you relieve your muscle tension, decrease your racing heart, feeling out of control, the fear your body feels when under pressure. Research show that mind-body therapies can activate your body's natural way to heal by itself, improve your mood, lower blood pressure, reduce aging, etc, give you a sense of control, etc.
mind-body therapy include:
Meditation – Several different kinds, including concentrative, mindfulness, and expressive meditations – all of which promote relaxed, moment to moment awareness.
Guided Imagery – To mobilize your imagination, to improve physiological functioning, and address concerns and problems that have previously resisted solutions.
Autogenic training & Biofeedback – To develop control over autonomic system functioning, reduce stress, and bring mind and body into balance.
Breath Work – Enhance your health through breath awareness
Movement – To release stress and increase energy.
Self expression – in words in journaling and drawing, to find solutions to previously insoluble problems
Grief /Trauma Therapy: "Trauma and Grief Component Therapy (TGCT) is an intervention for youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who have faced traumas (terrifying or very upsetting life events) and/or losses (the death of someone they really cared about).
TGCT helps to reduce posttraumatic stress (PTS), a very common reaction in youth who have experienced traumas. PTS is our brain’s way of coping with events that are so scary or upsetting that they are hard to understand or even think about.
TGCT also helps to reduce unhealthy grieving (grief that keeps kids “stuck”) while increasing healthy grieving in youth who have experienced the death of a loved one. Most bereaved kids naturally grieve in healthy ways, like finding comforting ways to feel connected to the person who died or doing things that would have made the person proud of them.
TGCT helps kids to notice and make good use of these healthy ways of grieving." From the Trauma and Grief Center at the Texas Children Hospital
Life Transition: turn your transition into a creative journey.
Walk & Talk therapy: having trouble sitting still? Let's go for a walk, bring your dog, and let's process the anxiety, the stress, etc. You'll feel better after that.
Relationship: how do I negotiate the return of my adult child? how to set healthy boundaries when my spouse cheats? When I feel betrayed, and so hurt? How can I better communicate my needs and wants? Etc...
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Certified in Trauma & Grief Component Therapy (TGCT)
Trained in Mind-Body Medicine
Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership with a specialty in Health Sciences Education (Ed.D)
Professional Mediator: 40 hours of training in Mediation: Accredited by the State Bar of Texas/Meets the Standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers RoundTable
Certified Spiritual Director: trained at the Cenacle Retreat Center / on staff at the Emmaus Retreat Center
My approach is result and action oriented. I use a mind-body approach to health. It's experiential, fun, educational, and conversational. I also work with solution-focused, positive psychology, etc., to build on your strengths and wisdom rather than solely on your weaknesses.