Toni-Lynn Chetirkin, LPCC, ATR, CYT
Licensed Psychotherapist~Registered Art Therapist~Certified Yoga Teacher
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.
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
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