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Our Collective Therapy Offerings

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy is a one-on-one collaboration of the therapist and client. Individual therapy can look different for each client depending on the goals, needs, and therapy modalities used. 

All of our clinicians offer individual therapy. 

Groups at Our Collective range from offering spaces to build community, process shared experiences, or improve skills. 

Alex Swales and Mengqi Li offer groups. 

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is the collaboration of the therapist and couple. Couples may seek out therapy to resolve dysfunction, improve communication, or may have other goals. 

Michelle Richards and Mengqi Li offer couples therapy. 

Workshops at Our Collective are usually one-time or recurring drop in events that focus on community building, learning a skill or concept, or is an activity. 

Alex Swales and Georgiana Mora offer workshops. 

Therapy Modalities

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy approach designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. During EMDR sessions, clients recall distressing images, thoughts, and emotions while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as following a pointer with their eyes. This process aims to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories, leading to reduced emotional distress and symptom relief.

Gottman Method

The Gottman Method is an evidence-based couples therapy approach. It emphasizes building a strong friendship and shared meaning between partners while helping them manage conflicts constructively and improve communication. The method is grounded in research on relationship dynamics and interventions aimed at enhancing intimacy, trust, and satisfaction in romantic relationships.

Who Practices: Michelle Richards


Mindfulness is a practice that helps individuals manage stress, pain, and illness through mindfulness meditation and awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness techniques include meditation, body scans, and gentle yoga to cultivate awareness and acceptance of thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. 


Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing. (Source: BSP Website.)

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology that explores how unconscious thoughts and past experiences influence present behavior and emotions. It focuses on developing insight into one's inner conflicts, patterns, and relationships, often stemming from childhood experiences and early relationships with caregivers. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT is a structured approach to couples therapy that aims to help partners identify and understand their emotional responses and attachment needs. EFT focuses on restructuring emotional responses and patterns of interaction within relationships to create a more secure and intimate bond between partners. By fostering emotional attunement and responsiveness, EFT helps couples develop healthier communication and connection, ultimately strengthening their relationship.

Who Practices: Mengqi Li

Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes cultivating self-compassion and compassion for others. It integrates concepts from evolutionary psychology, attachment theory, and mindfulness to help individuals develop a kinder and more understanding relationship with themselves. 

Who Practices: Michelle Richards

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

IFS is a therapeutic approach that views the mind as consisting of different parts, each with its own characteristics and functions. The goal of IFS therapy is to help individuals identify and understand these parts, foster self-compassion, and facilitate communication and harmony among them to promote healing and integration.

Sensorimotor Therapy

Sensorimotor therapy is a somatic-based approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the connection between the mind and body. It integrates principles from cognitive, behavioral, and psychodynamic therapies to address trauma and attachment issues. By exploring bodily sensations, movement, and mindfulness techniques, sensorimotor therapy aims to help individuals process and resolve traumatic experiences stored in the body, promoting healing and emotional regulation.

Who Practices: Alex Swales and Brian Heenan

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-pathologizing approach to counseling and psychotherapy that views individuals as the authors of their own stories. Therapists help clients externalize their problems, exploring the influence of cultural and societal narratives on their lives. Through a process of re-authoring their stories, clients can develop a more empowering and authentic understanding of themselves, their experiences, and their relationships.

Who Practices: Benny Del Castillo

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis is a therapeutic technique where a trained therapist induces a state of deep relaxation and heightened focus, known as trance, to help individuals access their subconscious mind. During hypnosis, individuals may be more open to suggestion, visualization, and imagery, allowing them to explore and address various psychological issues, habits, or traumas. It can be used to alleviate pain, manage stress, overcome phobias, and facilitate behavior change.

Who Practices: Brian Heenan

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

AEDP is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of emotional experience and transformation within the therapeutic relationship. AEDP seeks to help clients access and process emotions that have been repressed or avoided, leading to healing and personal growth. 

Who Practices: Michelle Richards

Imago Relationship Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy is a form of couples therapy that focuses on healing childhood wounds and facilitating growth within romantic relationships. It emphasizes the concept of "imago," which suggests that individuals unconsciously seek partners who mirror unresolved issues from their past. Through structured dialogues and exercises, couples learn to communicate effectively, understand each other's perspectives, and address underlying emotional needs, fostering deeper intimacy and connection.

Who Practices: Michelle Richards

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