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Kayla Defeo

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

I believe that having a good, trusting connection with my clients is the starting point to help them in the growth they are looking to achieve. Whether working with adults or children, I use a combination of my counseling training, my experience working in residential facilities and my own life experience to help clients to reduce their anxiety symptoms.
I believe that anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion that sometimes gets too big. When this happens we begin to view the world through a lens of danger. Experiencing high levels of anxiety can cause all sorts of unpleasant symptoms. I enjoy teaching my clients how they can reduce their anxiety symptoms and live with more peace in their lives.
I enjoy working with adults and parents as well as working with kids and teens. I look for opportunities to incorporate art and play in counseling and draw upon a number of different therapy modalities to individualize treatment. Modalities I use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Besides treating anxiety, I also have experience working with individuals dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, trauma, addiction and children and adolescents with behavioral challenges.


Availability:

  • Virtual

Specializations:

  • Children
  • RAD: Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Disruptive Impulse Control & Conduct Disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorders (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Adults
  • Addictive Disorder And Alcohol Abuse
  • Trauma & Stressors
  • Families
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Substance Abuse