addiction therapy st george

Cecilie Ott, LMFT

The human spirit is amazing and resilient, and I consider it a privilege to be invited into the life of each of my client’s.  I know it can be intimidating to share the most personal details of your life with someone you do not know .  I respect that, and I know that it is my job to earn your trust.

Therapy can help teach effective life skills, but even greater, therapy can help you heal.  Sometimes we need to heal from hurts or betrayals that occurred in our childhood, while for others it may be addressing more recent injuries or loss.  Truly healing can rid us of many symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Specializing in trauma, the goal of therapy is to help each of my clients arrive at a state of higher functioning.  Simply put, trauma is an emotional response to a past event.  Healing from trauma involves using therapy methods that help convince your body that the threat is no longer there.  Once our nervous system is free from disabling triggers, we become free to act intentionally rather than react to our environment. Lifespan Integration therapy has become in incredibly helpful tool in the healing process.

I grew up in a small town of Northern California. I studied Psychology and then Marriage & Family Therapy, and was initially trained in the field of addiction.  I believe those early experiences helped build a foundation I carry into therapy today.   Quite often when we form addictive behaviors, it isn’t about the drug, food, or sex, but more about our need to alter how we are feeling in the moment.  Therapy is a powerful tool to help you address the pain rather than resorting to numbing or escaping it.

My husband and I have been married for nearly 30 years and we have 3 sons and a daughter.  They have been some of my greatest teachers and continue to show me what is most important in life.

I would love to answer your questions or offer a brief phone consultation.  If I am not the right fit for you, I will do my best to refer you to someone that is.