Our Approach
 
At ClearWater Psychotherapy we believe that every person possesses the capacity to enact change in their lives.  Most people get "stuck" at times.  They may not know what they want to change, what the source of their trouble might be, or how to create the change they envision. We use our expertise to help people answer these questions and work towards leading more fulfilling lives.
 
People aren't responsible for the hand they were dealt but, everyone can overcome obstacles and move in the direction of healing. People are best able to work towards positive change when they feel safe, supported, and respected. We strive to create such an environment; one in which people can explore their challenges as well as their strengths.  Our approach is collaborative, creative, and hopeful.
 
The type of therapeutic approaches used in treatment are tailored to meet the needs and styles of the client.  Psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral (CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as play, art, sandtray, and narrative therapies are used.  If you have questions about any of these therapies, please do not hesitate to ask us.
 
 
Who We Are...
   
Jennifer Waterman, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been working with diverse populations since 1990. Much of her experience is with people affected by dissociative disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, mood, grief, parenting, relationship issues, and LGBTQ issues. She also enjoys working with children and teens on a variety of issues.  She tends to help people find and develop their strengths, facilitating each person’s inclinations towards wellness.  Jennifer is fully trained in EMDR, DBT, and several other therapeutic modalities.
 
Kimberly Austin, LCSW sees adults, adolescents, and couples. She is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationships, grief, illness, as well as other issues. Kimberly specializes in EMDR, a well-researched and effective treatment for trauma and other issues. She has trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, DBT, and relational approaches. For more info, you can go to www.kimaustin.com
 
Barbara Peisner, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with adults and couples. She has a wide range of experience, including working with clients coping with depression, anxiety, bereavement, health-related concerns, life transitions, pregnancy and post-partum depression, adjustment to parenthood,  work stress issues, and habit management.  Barbara has certification in clinical hypnotherapy from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  For more information about the use and application of hypnosis  in therapy, you can go to www.asch.net.
 
 
E-mail us at: clearwaterpsych@gmail.com
Call
(207) 772-2202 to make a counseling appointment or for more information.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.        - Goethe
 
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all. 
 
 - Emily Dickinson
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