Isabel Decian, MA, LMHC, RPT
I'm glad you are here!
As your therapist, my goal is to provide you with effective strategies to improve your symptoms to decrease suffering and to help you mindfully listen to the wisdom of your body.
In our work, you'll learn to openly express and experience emotions, mindfully listen to your body's needs, stop engaging in avoidance, and use effective strategies to find relief from emotional suffering.
I have a background as a Registered Play Therapist, which helps me to creatively find ways to incorporate expressive activities to aid in consolidating learning in sessions. Clients often report that utilizing expressive tools helps them to understand, remember, and apply the skills more effectively when needed.
I inform my practice with evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention, and Mindfulness to help you decrease suffering and start enjoying your life again.
I was born and raised in Brazil and I am fully bilingual in Portuguese. To connect with me and see if I can be of help to you, please send me an email so we can connect.
"The way we behold our people cannot help but echo within them and begin to reshape their inner world"
I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (2013) from Governors State University, IL and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy (2019) from Antioch University, WA.
I have received an immersive year-long training in Interpersonal Neurobiology with the warm Bonnie Badenoch, PhD which has helped me to inform my practice in which I lay the ground for the therapeutic safety needed in order to effectively embody skills.
Additionally, I am actively engaged in receiving training in several other areas as well such as evidence based practices of DBT, CBT, and ERP to inform my practice. I have participated in training for DBT Skills from Behavioral Tech Institute, A Linehan Training Institute Training Company, CBT training from The Beck Institute, and Exposure and Response Prevention from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety thru U Penn.
I was born and raised in Brazil and I am fully bilingual. I offer counseling services both in English and Portuguese.