• Cherisse McNaughton-Balzano, MA, LPC, LAC, NCC, BC-TMH

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    Areas of Expertise:

    • Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Licensed Addiction Counselor
    • Individuals, Adults, Teens
    • Trauma/PTSD
    • EMDR
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Suicidal Ideation
    • Substance Use
    • Compulsive Behaviors
    • Codependency
    • Spiritual Growth
    • Life Transitions
    • Stress Management
    • Self-Esteem

    Are you tired, hurting, discouraged, confused, or stuck? Have you found yourself repeating a cycle and wondering, “there must be a better way!?”

    As a trauma survivor, I understand that it takes time to build trust. I consider it a privilege to journey alongside you as you face life’s various challenges. As we work together, I will empathetically listen, create a nonjudgmental space to support your healing process, and collaboratively set goals. I will empower you to use your inherent resilience, resolve ambivalence, break free from harmful patterns, process the root causes of problems, create a life worth living, maintain stability, and even grow through transitions.

    The journey toward healing, change, and wholeness can be challenging. I have over 13 years of experience in human services in a variety of settings, including outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient programs, crisis systems, hospital/inpatient units, withdrawal management, residential treatment, and various crime victims’ support hotlines. Along the way, I have discovered that there are many tools and strategies that can help us work together to achieve your goals. I use an integrative approach, starting with unconditional, nonjudgmental acceptance. As we work together to find a path that uniquely supports your healing process, I bring in techniques and practical strategies from Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

    An effective healing process is holistically integrative. Faith and spirituality can be complex aspects of your journey, providing a sense of belonging, community, empowerment, encouragement, and peace. Experiences with faith may also be a source of profound hurt, suffering, and anguish. At your request, I will gladly integrate your faith into our sessions or provide space to process spiritual wounds.

    Outside of the therapy office, I enjoy cooking, hiking, board games, and laughing with my husband!