Healing Support Circle :: Fall 2019

Registration is now open with group beginning Saturday September 7, 2019

I’m excited to ANNOUNCE that registration is now open for the Fall 2019 session of Healing Support Circle for women, trans femme, and nonbinary femme folks who have or are experiencing psychological and/or religious abuse.

This therapy group is 12 weeks and meets on Saturday mornings from 10:30am -12:20pm beginning Saturday 9/7/2019 and ending on Saturday 11/23/2019 (before Thanksgiving Holiday).

There is a fee for this group experience which can be paid in weekly installments of $65 or can be paid in full at a discounted rate of $750 at the time of registration/by September 1st. Fee includes: initial intake screening, 24 hours of group therapy; journal; 1 copy of the book Healing from Hidden Abuse by Shannon Thomas, LCSW; creative materials; and light refreshments during each session.

There are only 5 seats open each session, so sign-up today! For more information and to register, contact me at Jennifer@aspacetothrive.com.

What is EMDR?!?

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Therapy is an evidence-based protocol for addressing a number of mental health issues, including:

Complex Trauma & cPTSD

Single-incident Trauma

Grief & Loss

Socio-political Trauma: racism, misogyny, ableism, queer/transphobia, identity discrimination, micro-aggressions, etc



Sleep Disturbance



Family Relationships

Workplace Stressors

Goals and Habits

Personal & Professional Performance

EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in 1989 and has been a widely researched, affirmed, and evidence-based psychotherapy practice since.  The International Association of EMDR defines this therapy as,

“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eightphase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the
self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.” ~ EMDRIA.org

I like to think of EMDR as harnessing the brain’s and body’s natural system for healing itself through the processing of information (thoughts, memories, images, beliefs).  Through bilateral stimulation (eye movements or hand-held pulsers [think cell phone vibration]), an EMDR therapist guides a client through processing one target (incident, event, memory, troubling issue) at a time until that target no longer presents any disturbance (emotional or physical) to the client.  As a clinician who has used various interventions and therapy approaches to address trauma over the past 10+ years I have been in practice, I find EMDR to be one of the most efficient and thorough methods for addressing the emotional and physical disturbances present with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and loss.  Talk therapy is an important companion along side EMDR in order to lay a foundation of rapport between therapist and client, to address the restoration of person/identity, to cultivate resilience practices, and to learn and understand interpersonal dynamics and behavior patterns.

To learn more, or schedule an intake session, please contact Jennifer at 210-382-4155 or jennifer@aspacetothrive.com


  • How long is an EMDR session?
    • I like to schedule 90 minutes to 2 hours per EMDR session so we have enough time for the process, debriefing, and containment
  • How much does an EMDR session cost?
    • There is no additional fee for EMDR therapy.  The same fees apply per therapy hour: 90min session is $200; 2 hour session is $270
  • How do I care for myself after an EMDR session?
    • We will talk about how to journal or log the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and triggers that come up for you after an EMDR session so you have a place to process between sessions
    • I always recommend extra nurturing self-care practices after session:
      • Drink plenty of water
      • Take a nap if needed
      • Eat a meal that includes protein and fresh produce
      • Be kind to yourself
      • Be gentle with your schedule/demands
  • When should I schedule an EMDR session?
    • When and where possible, I encourage clients to schedule EMDR sessions toward the end of the day, and/or end of the week so you have some down-time to rest
    • Some people have no problem going back to work or class after an EMDR session, some people prefer to not have to be “on” after a session
    • You know yourself best and you will also learn what works and what doesn’t after your first few sessions
  • What should I wear to an EMDR session?
    • There is no special recommendation for how to dress for EMDR session.  I’m always a big fan of comfort-wear!  My clients are always free to kick off shoes and curl up on the couch, or prop feet up on the ottoman…my office is a space to get/be comfortable.
  • How many sessions of EMDR do I need?
    • While there is no “one-size-fits-all” prescription for therapy sessions, many clients find they can move through their targets in 4-8 EMDR sessions.  It all depends on you, your goals, and your needs.
    • Once targets are cleared, a client may want to continue with talk therapy to address other areas such as:
      • communication
      • intimacy and connection
      • restoration of self
      • interpersonal relationships
      • coping and resiliency maintenance
  • I have other questions that weren’t addressed here.
    • I’d be happy to talk with you for a free 20 minute consultation to answer any questions and to see if EMDR therapy may be a useful process for you in your healing and recovery journey.  To set up a consultation appointment click here, or call Jennifer at 210-382-4155 or email her at: jennifer@aspacetothrive.com.

Boundaries Bootcamp

Boundaries Bootcamp is a 6-hour coaching package offered in 3, 2-hour sessions designed to boost an person’s ability to identify where they need boundary boosters in their life; practical tools to use at work, at home, and socially; and troubleshooting obstacles to sustaining healthy, resilient boundaries around time, talents, body, money, emotional energy, and more.

Session I (2 hours)

Boundary Basics

Session II (2 hours)

Breaking Free from “Shoulds”

Session III (2 hours)

Strategies for Sustainability

This package is offered as an individual coaching service and does not address clinical issues regarding boundaries, trauma, or family systems.  During the initial assessment, if I determine this program is not the best fit for you, she will discuss that at the beginning and work together with you to come up with a service plan that will meet your needs.

Boundaries Bootcamp is available per person for $700 full package registration or at $270 per 2-hour session pre-pay each session (for a total of $810 for the full package).


Contact Jennifer at 210-382-4155 or jennifer@aspacetothrive.com to book your Boundaries Bootcamp sessions today!

Walk it Out

I’m excited to announce the addition of outdoor Walk it Out therapy sessions for individuals.  We will utilize a beautiful 0.7mile, tree-lined, sidewalk path around my office to move our bodies and our thoughts.  When we feel stuck, movement–especially walking–can help us shift our perspective, move our cognitive clutter around, and mine fresh ideas for how to cope, how to solve problems, and how to complete projects that have overwhelmed us.

Sometimes the intimacy and closeness of sitting together face-to-face in a therapy office can create a barrier for individuals who experience anxiety, shame, difficulty connecting with others.  Walking allows for side-by-side conversation, open space, and the relief of movement.  If you’d like to read more, check out this article from the American Psychological Association.

Frequently Asked Questions about Walk it Out sessions

Is there any additional cost for Walk it Out therapy sessions?

No!  All therapy sessions including Walk it Out are based on the standard 50min session fee of $135.  The exception is if you have booked an intensive session for longer than 1 therapy hour.  Walk it Out sessions will begin in office, include 30-40 minutes walking outside, then return to office for 10 minutes of session wrap-up.

What if I’m not in great shape, can I still do Walk it Out therapy sessions?

Absolutely!  As your therapist I will follow your lead in pacing and intensity of our walking.  You will be the navigator of how far we go, and at what pace.

Do I need to bring or wear anything special to my Walk it Out session?

I recommend comfy pants/shorts and good walking shoes/sneakers.  Most of the sidewalk includes trees but some people may want to wear a hat or visor and/or sunglasses.  If your skin is sensitive to sun, please make sure to wear sunscreen.  I’ll have some cold water on hand for us.

How do I book a Walk it Out session?

Easy!  Just call A Space to Thrive at 210-382-4155 to schedule an appointment and specify that you’d like an outdoor Walk it Out session (so I can be sure to dress appropriately as well)!