Individual Therapy

Adults We recognize that life’s journey is sometimes difficult. At times we all face challenges that can contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed, hopeless, or alone. But nobody needs to struggle alone. In difficult times, talking to a therapist can help sort out thoughts and feelings so that confusion is replaced by clarity. The insights learned in therapy provide a foundation that allows us to grow from past and present difficulties. Learning, growing, and healing are all parts of a process that we move through in therapy so that we can eventually learn to thrive through and beyond our challenges.
Every person is unique. L2t clinicians strive to collaborate with you on how to fully customize your therapy sessions to meet your needs. In general, our clinicians use a psychodynamic approach to therapy. However, we seek to utilize the modality that best fits you, the present situation that brought you to therapy, what you want to address at each session, and what will help you meet your long-term goals. Our clinicians are trained to provide both long-term and short-term therapy. They have training in Psychodynamic Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Trauma Therapy, and Art Therapy. For brief therapy (6-10 sessions) we use a combination of the former with Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

The following are some of the issues that we commonly treat and address:

Addictions and Substance Abuse Consuming more than intended, Cravings for alcohol or substance, Increased tolerance of substance, Unsuccessful efforts to control use, Failure to fulfill life roles due to use, social/personal problems due to use, Excessive use in spite of it being physically hazardous, Activities revolve around use

Depression Depressed mood, Diminished interest/pleasure, Weight loss or gain, Sleep Disturbance, Lethargy, Fatigue, Feelings of worthlessness, Difficulty concentrating, Thoughts of suicide

Anxiety Excessive worry, Restlessness, Fatigue, Difficulty concentrating, Irritability, Muscle tension, Sleep Disturbance

Panic Disorder Pounding heart, Sweating, Shaking, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Fear of losing control, Dizziness

PTSD Experiencing or witnessing traumatic event, Intrusive thoughts about the trauma, Distressing Dreams, Flashbacks, Intense Distress, Hypervigilance, Avoidance of things associated with the traumatic event, Memory lapse, Disassociation

ADHD Inattention, Hyperactivity, Impulsivity, Fidgeting, Behavioral problems

Bipolar Disorder Fluctuations in mood between Manic or Hypomanic episodes and Depressed Episodes

AudrieAna Gardner, MSW, LISW-S
Individual & Couples Therapist, Life Coach

 

I have experienced and witnessed that the insights and breakthroughs gained in therapy, coaching, and psychoeducation can change one’s life trajectory in a powerful and life-giving way.  It is because of this that I am passionate about empowering people to take the courageous steps through the process of personal growth and emotional healing.  Whether in therapy, coaching, or teaching, I am committed to the process of helping you understand your past and present experiences so that you are able to gain freedom and thrive.  Believe it or not, the puzzle pieces do finally come together!

TRAUMA & RELATIONSHIP SPECIALIST:  My specialties include relationships, attachment, parenting, addictions, trauma, and couples therapy. I have extra training in psychodynamic approaches based in attachment theory including Emotion Focused Therapy (Associate in EFT) and Developmental and Relational Trauma (DARTT certification). By using these modalities I help individuals, couples, and families deepen self-understanding, improve self-compassion, experience inner healing, and strengthen relationships and family systems.  I am honored to join you in your personal or professional journey.

On a personal note, I am married and have three sons. I value the lessons I have learned through both my failures and successes in marriage and parenting. My interests include faith and spirituality, fitness and sports, music and the arts, travel and calculated adventure! I especially enjoy sharing good times, good food, and laughter with family and friends.

I created Learn2Thrive, a boutique mental health practice in Cincinnati, where we fully customize our approach to meet your needs.  We pursue a positive and collaborative approach to working with clients, business partners, and fellow organizations. We believe in the strength of practicing together as a community of clinicians who seek to provide excellent services in a supportive environment.  As such a community, we strive to create a safe relaxed atmosphere where clients and clinicians alike can learn to thrive.

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