Toni-Lynn Chetirkin, LPCC, ATR, CYT

 
Licensed Psychotherapist~Registered Art Therapist~Certified Yoga Teacher

About

 

I am a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#LPCC32), a Registered Art Therapist (#05-035),

a (200-Hr.) Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy & Counseling Psychology from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. I obtained my 200-Hour yoga teacher training with Gangas White at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA.  In addition, I completed advanced training in EMDR Trauma Therapy (Levels I,II, & III) and Attachment-Focused EMDR with Dr. Laurel Parnell at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

 

I have continued my education in the areas of attachment-focused therapy as well as Dr. Daniel Siegel's whole-brain approach to understanding child and adolescent development. I am an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Relief Worker and in the process of becoming an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Trauma Clinician. I am also receiving advanced training in treating traumatic and toxic stress using sensory, yoga, and mindfulness techniques.

My 17 years of professional experience covers work with children, adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings. I have spent the past 13 years treating at-risk, socioeconomically disadvantaged teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and complex trauma in an alternative education setting, as well as in private practice. Prior to this, I worked in psychiatric in-patient treatment facilities, residential group homes, forensic rehabilitation programs, health and wellness centers, and global disaster relief efforts. 

 

My specialties include; trauma & PTSD, toxic/chronic stress, adolescent development & teen issues, grief & loss, anxiety & depression, life transitions, and mind-body wellness. 

 

My techniques include; EMDR therapy, art therapy, strengths-based/ solution-focused therapy, mindfulness skills training, and hatha yoga principles.

Philosophy

 

      My passion for being active in nature, preserving the environment, animal rights, world travel, international humanitarian service, and integrative approaches to medicine have all been powerful forces along my path to becoming a psychotherapist, healer, and teacher. A life long personal study of indigenous cultures and Native American spiritual traditions always guide me in the creation of a sacred space for my clients. 

      My counseling orientation is influenced by the fields of Jungian psychology, existential psychology, and attachment-focused/developmental psychology. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and lead by the assumption that all people have the innate ability to heal themselves when they are able to access their mind-body's natural tendency to move toward balance, integration, and adaptation. While placing great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and in the creation of a sacred space, my role is to guide clients in this process.

      Using both verbal and non-verbal methods, my intention is for clients to begin thinking, feeling, and relating in ways that enable them to reconnect with their authentic selves, regain wholeness, discover their life purpose, and actualize their full potential, while living joyfully in the world with others. I view each client as a unique individual and therapeutic techniques will always honor this connection.

 

Overview of Services

Art Therapy

Art therapy is an effective treatment for people experiencing developmental, medical, educational, social or psychological impairment. Facilitated by an art therapist, it involves the use of art materials, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore client feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self- awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being.

I offer the following types of art therapy services with kids, teens, & adults:

*15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

*50 minute individual session

*75 minute couples or parent/child session (2 people)

*90 minute family session (3 people)

EMDR Trauma Therapy

EMDR Therapy is a powerful method of psychotherapy that incorporates left to right eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation into a comprehensive treatment. It helps people heal from traumatic events as well as, life disturbing experiences. EMDR has gotten worldwide attention for helping millions of people heal from PTSD caused from traumatic events such as; rape, sexual abuse, auto accidents and combat. But EMDR can also help people who feel distress in their lives to heal and feel more whole after events that have been disturbing such as; divorce, life transitions, grief, anxiety, and much more.

I offer the following types of EMDR Services with kids, teens, & adults:

*15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

*30 minute EMDR rescourcing session

*50 minute EMDR processing session

*90 minute EMDR processing session

Yoga & Mindfulness

Yoga is an ancient practice that combines purposeful breathing, mindfulness, physical movements and specific postures. Regular participation in this practice brings about health benefits such as; better sleep, increased energy levels, strength, and flexibility, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health. In addition to these physical benefits, yoga also has mental and psychological benefits such as; reducing anxiety, alleviating symptoms of depression, enhancing mood, and improved emotion regulation. 

I offer the following types of yoga & mindfulness services with kids, teens, & adults:

*15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

*30 minute mindfulness skills training session 

*50 minute mindfulness skills training session 

*50 minute private yoga instruction 

*75 minute private yoga group (2-3 people) 

Adult Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is also known as one on one "talk therapy". Clients often come to psychotherapy to alleviate symptoms of anxiety or depression, to process grief or trauma, to resolve emotional conflicts, to improve interpersonal relationships, or to gain support during difficult life transitions. 

I offer the following types of psychotherapy sessions:

15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

30 minute individual session

50 minute individual session

90 minute initial/diagnostic session

Adolescent Counseling (ages 12 to 24)

During the teen years, our minds change in the way we remember, think, reason, focus attention, make decisions, and relate to others. From around age 12 to age 24, there is a burst of growth and maturation taking place as never before in our lives. Understanding the nature of these changes can help us create a more positive and productive life journey. Developmentally, this is a period of identity formation and independence establishment. Having support through counseling can help teens navigate these milestones and move through these personal challenges and crises more easily.

I offer the following types of adolescent counseling services:

15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

30 minute individual session

50 minute individual session

90 minute initial/diagnostic session

Helpful Book by Daniel Siegel, MD:

Parent Consultation

I have spent over 10 years working as a mental health clinician within a public education setting assisting students and families overcome social, emotional, and educational challenges. I provided mental health services to at-risk, socioeconomically disadvantaged students struggling with anxiety, depression, and complex trauma resulting from community violence, poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and parental separation. I also supported parents through consultation, psychoeducation, and family counseling. 

I offer the following parent consultation services:

15 minute phone consultation (free prior to start of services)

30 minute parent consultation session

50 minute parent consultation session

Helpful Books by Daniel Siegel, MD:

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Office Location

 

26485 Carmel Rancho Blvd.

Carmel Professional Center, Suite #5

Carmel, CA 93923

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses Your understanding."                                                                                                       ~Kahlil Gibran