Create Change therapists incorporate mindfulness, EMDR, cognitive therapy, and sensorimotor techniques to transform the anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and relationship concerns of our clients.
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Director, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sheila Walty has provided counseling services for more than 25 years to individuals, couples, and groups. She specializes in trauma recovery and couples therapy with an experiential style that employs multiple techniques to address the needs of her clients. Sheila’s approach focuses on mind, body and spirit balance as she holistically evaluates and treats each client. Her experience as a life coach and Reiki Master inform her practice.
A recovering workaholic, Sheila makes sure to set a good example of work-life balance by recharging with yoga, being in nature, and spending time cycling, skiing, or playing tennis.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Notton is experienced in providing medication management to adults. She specializes in depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and somatic disorders. Sarah supports pharmaceutical treatment with behavioral interventions for pain management, personality disorders, and ADHD. Her holistic approach incorporates medications, counseling, coping skills, and consideration of social context to help individuals live a life of mental health and wholeness.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CADC III
Joan Ayala specializes in dual diagnoses, drug and alcohol addiction services, and recovery. As one of the few Level III CADC practitioners, Joan's extensive experience enables her to assist clients in overcoming the barriers they encounter on the path to wellness.
“Everybody’s suffering and so few people get to the other side of it. They get stuck, buried under their problems. I’ve been through hell in my own life yet I sleep like a baby, now. I have a rich social and family life. I eat well. Nothing drags me down; it just gives me the flavor of who I am.
Nothing gives me more satisfaction than helping others discover they, too, can walk in beauty and grace.”
Clinical Social Worker
Mary Cross has over 15 years experience in social work specializing in grief and loss, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder counseling. She is a conflict resolution specialist, using therapy and mediation to help couples and families communicate and relate better. Having worked in hospice for over 12 years, Mary has a passion for helping individuals and families who are managing the decline of health or end of life issues.
A former competitive volleyball player and surfer, Mary's favorite self-care activities include downhill skiing, working out, being outdoors and spending time with friends.
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