Hey there! I am Whitney Hughes, she/her. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Connection Coach as well as a Trauma-Informed Certified Pause Breathwork Facilitator.
Many years ago, I graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Liberal Studies, which allowed me to concentrate on the behavioral sciences. 3 children later, I pursued a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University. I knew I wanted to use my personal story, my battles with anxiety, depression, CPTSD, PTSD, substance use, my professional experience, and my educational background to support not only myself but so many others on their own, unique healing journey.
Some of the most important elements of my therapeutic work are CONNECTION, SAFETY, and INCLUSIVITY.
Throughout my journey, I have learned that when I connect with myself, I am able to deepen my connection with others and the world in which we live. When we connect inward, to ourselves, we connect to our intuition, that part of ourselves that creates clarity, peace, and alignment in our daily lives.
As humanBEINGS, we are wired for connection. When we lose sight of this connection, our lives can get messy. In order to connect, we must first feel safe, seen, heard, and held.
My personal mission is to connect with you, to help you connect with your truest self, and to create a safe space for you to share your story. I am here to encourage, listen, witness, and support you.
My continued journey has taught me that we, that YOU, already have the power to shift your world, and sometimes we need someone who we can open up to and trust to help us see the light that is already within.
I am looking forward to connecting soon!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
HI LMHC MHC-763-0
Written on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Whitney for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
She super helpful and the best therapist I’ve had. She listens and is very good with giving advice on many different subjects.
Written on Feb 21, 2022 after therapy with Whitney for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
Whitney was more than helpful and I connected With her right from the beginning. You can tell she has lots of experience and is truly invested in your mental health. Excited to continue my therapy journey with her.
Written on Jan 29, 2022 after therapy with Whitney for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief