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About Me

Welcome to Lifestyle Counseling, where your difficult emotions can transform into strengths. Here, we focus on the significant experiences that have shaped your life, your decisions, your ideas, and your feelings. It can seem overwhelming and daunting to explore the whole self - and this is where I come in.

Hi! I'm Olivia Withers, a Licensed Counselor serving Maryland and Virginia. I started Lifestyle Counseling to support clients as they explore childhood traumas, heal from past wounds, recognize/meet their personal needs, learn to communicate those needs to others, build self and emotional awareness, and accept all of the parts that make them human.

I take great pride in supporting others as they navigate new territory and create long-lasting, lifestyle changes.

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My Services

GROUP THERAPY

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL - A SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN

SATURDAY MORNINGS

60 min. session

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Description: This is an open support group for the woman who is the strong one in her circle, the one who is fatigued with problem-solving and takes care of everyone else, but has little time for herself. 

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CREATING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES IN RELATIONSHIPS - A PSYCHO-EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR ADULTS

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

60 min. session

Description: This closed group for adults runs for 6 - 8 sessions and will occur on Wednesdays, twice a month.

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THERAPEUTIC BOOK CLUB

Next Book: "How to Know a Person: The art of seeing others deeply and being deeply seen " by David Brooks

WHEN: TBD

Description: This closed group for adults runs for 6 - 8 sessions and will occur twice a month. 

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

HEALING FROM TRAUMA 

MON - THUR, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM​

55 min. session 

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Description: This service aims to support adults as they process and heal from childhood trauma and related challenges such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and difficulties in relationships.

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DEVELOPING COPING SKILLS - ADD ON

FOR GROUP MEMBERS

MON - THUR, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM​

30 min. session 

Description: This service aims to support group members who could benefit from individual sessions, as they process and practice new skills to manage stressors and difficult emotions.  

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My Approach ​​

In research and in practice, I have learned that exploring and processing difficulties from the past, specifically childhood - whether direct or ambient - can significantly reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, and burnout.  

I use evidence-based, therapeutic traditions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Bibliotherapy with a focus on Emotional Intelligence, Self-Compassion, and Inner Child Work.

The integration of these approaches helps with increasing self-awareness to connect your past with your present and increasing self-compassion to validate and normalize your experiences.

Who can benefit? Clients who dealt with the following or similar experiences in childhood:

  • Feeling unimportant, unheard, alone, disconnected, unseen, or pressured to achieve/be perfect

  • Placed in a parent role - taking care of the parents/caregivers, other adults, or siblings physically or emotionally

  • Caregivers avoiding problems and sweeping things under the rug

  • Direct physical, verbal, and emotional abuse and/or witnessing a family member being abused

  • Parents who dealt with infidelity and/or are separated and divorced

  • Caregivers who were physically present but not emotionally present due to other concerns like depression, anxiety, or overworking

  • Caregivers or family members with substance abuse issues, like alcoholism

  • Caregivers or family members who argued

  • Having an absent parent due to death, abandonment, or imprisonment 

 

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