Carissa BartnickLADAC II
Carissa received her clinical psychology degree from Concordia University – Ann Arbor and began working with hospitalized children and in the field of neuropsychology while living in Michigan. Carissa’s creative background as a musician initially drew her to Nashville where she was given the opportunity to cultivate her therapeutic skills working with individuals seeking help with trauma, substance use/addiction, eating disorders, relationships, and mental disorders. During this time, Carissa pursued her interest in addiction and became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC II) in the state of Tennessee.
Carissa aspires for her clients to reconnect with their authentic selves and restore feelings of worth, compassion, and hope. She strives to create a nurturing and non-judgmental space for clients while they begin this exploration of self. Along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Carissa utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), experiential modalities, and mindfulness/meditation in her sessions. Additionally, Carissa is trained in Brainspotting to assist clients in processing through trauma/PTSD.
Carissa is also a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT 500) with specialized training in trauma and restorative yoga, breath and energy work, and Ayurveda. As a former dancer, Carissa understands the healing power of intentional movement. Carissa is passionate about guiding clients towards a kinder and more loving relationship with their bodies.
Gentle and mindful movement aimed at connecting clients with their bodies can often be the catalyst to releasing old trauma wounds while strengthening safety and compassion within ourselves. Meditation and pranayama (breath work) is also incorporated to balance one’s energy system and aid in becoming present, living beings. All bodies of all capabilities, shapes, and sizes are welcome because all bodies are worthy of love, compassion, and freedom. Small groups and individual sessions are available for anyone interested in exploring a deeper connection of mind, body, and spirit.
Entering into the therapeutic process allows a person to examine often dark or traumatic origins of maladaptive coping strategies and develop new patterns that will connect one to light and better quality of life.
Yoga therapy is aimed at balancing one’s energy system and aiding in becoming present. Yoga can be a helpful tool used in both trauma recovery and Eating Disorder recovery by promoting connection with body and self.
Group therapy allows for people to heal in the context of empathy and compassion. With each group we hope to foster a safe container that provides ongoing community and accountability.