Most therapy approaches focus on understanding ourselves intellectually, thereby engaging the left side of our brain. Yet, sustainable change happens through whole-mind integration, where the body, brain, as well as relational field are parts of the healing process. Using a blend of Somatic Experiencing®, Trauma and Attachment Therapy, Depth Psychology, and Dream Analysis, Somatic Counseling offers the body and psyche the support needed to discharge, renegotiate and reorganize locked-in fight, flight and freeze responses that are stored in the nervous system. A process that is compassionate and respectful to your needs and rhythm.
I am a therapist who will meet you where you are. As a licensed therapist with over 25 years of experience, I will assist you in gaining insight, which will help empower you to bring about positive changes you would like to see in your life. I am passionate about helping people become the best versions of themselves. Together we will look at your life’s experiences and gain insight as to how they have affected who you are today. With insight comes the ability to bring change and have emotional freedom.
I'm here to help! A little bit about me... I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Florida.I am a Registered Mental Health intern with a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.. My skills are based in assisting clients navigate through the pain in their lives . I feel my active, direct approach balanced with empathy and humor helps individuals, couples, adolescents and families, tackle barriers they’ve been unable to solve on their own.
I am passionate about helping families and children thrive. My ideal age group is 2-18. I enjoy working with new moms, expecting moms, and blended families. I also love helping teens and parents/caregivers. I was born and raised in Guatemala and I speak both English and Spanish fluently. I love working with diverse families.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MPH, RYT-200
Dr. Nowakowski-Sims Ph.D., LCSW, RYT-200 is a clinician, teacher, and empath who incorporates mindfulness, as a healing strategy, for clients experiencing mood-related disorders. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals, families, and groups impacted by trauma. Dr. Nowakowski-Sims’ practice emphasizes the connection between the mind, body, and heart to manage stress and difficult emotions through traditional psychotherapy, breath work and mindful movement. She is also available for supervision for social work interns.
In private practice for 32 years, my passion is helping people break self-defeating patterns and be able to embrace the life each person desires. The treatment is psychoanalytic and spiritual in nature and requires a deep commitment by both the therapist and the patient. Therapy is designed to heal the past, remove the blocks, and work through resistance. This process requires the willingness to stay engaged in the process until treatment is complete.
Are you looking for exceptional therapy? Are you finding it difficult to call? It is sometimes not easy to take the first step toward beginning therapy. For some it is about having thought they could do it themselves, for others they think it is a sign of weakness, and yet others sometimes worry about using therapy as a crutch. Then there are those who can hardly wait to begin, perhaps begin again, with a new and different therapist, eager to enter the journey of self discovery and self improvement. All this is normal. Either way, you will feel understood and cared for.
All of us, over the course of our lives, have found ourselves faced with challenging life events - some small and others so much bigger than ourselves that we become overwhelmed and unable to face them alone. We may experience feelings of grief, loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflicts, marital strife, illness, or addiction to mention a few. However, what is most important is that we not face these alone, and remember there is help and relief. Each one of us has a sense of resiliency to meet our life challenges - even in our worst times. Finding that resiliency is the beginning to healing and living our best lives.
CUTTING EDGE THERAPY. It's not you, it's your nervous system!! Many people are unaware that when telling the worst events of your life, your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, digestion, etc, respond as if it were happening in that moment. We will do it in a very different way and together. Prolonged periods of time in this highly aroused or shutdown state causes our bodies to start to break down and thus results in symptoms.These are all our natural survival states of Fight, Flight , Freeze or Feign Death.
I have an undergraduate degree from Fordham University. I holds a master's degree in mental health counseling from South University. As a certified addiction specialist, my focus is chemical abuse and codependency, and anxiety. I am also trained in Imago Therapy. Using this approach, I help treat family systems and couples issues with an extensive knowledge on relationships. I have special training in healing Codependency issues and childhood trauma.
I have experience in a variety of clinical settings and institutions.I integrate modalities with the aim of facilitating a collaborative space to help you get unstuck, break repetitive patterns and overcome your struggles towards a more fulfilling life. I will help you to gain insight, relate past to present while learning skills through practices that have proven to be effective. My practice in mental health reflects both my background in psychology at the Master level and my Doctoral degree in Biology.
I have been working with Entrepreneurs. Professionals, Executives and Business Owners for 25 years. We address, we create and we partner to realize the most positive, healthy and productive outcome in all areas. The bottom line is that with our work and professions, there are not many trusting spaces to sort out, discern, and resolve the challenges, the stress, the pressure, the uncertainty, the leadership issues, the responsibilities, the communication breakdowns, the difficult relationship, the politics, the finances, the uncertainty, the indecision, the fears,and the overwhelm. My commitment is to your success in all areas of life.
I obtained a PhD in Psychology, a Masters in both Counseling and Psychology. I am an LMHC as well as a CAP and I'm on most insurance panels. I can help you with Mental Health as well as Addiction issues. I provide a different approach with each individual respecting and recognizing that everyone has different needs. I welcome couples, individuals, those struggling with depression, bipolar disorder and addiction. Change can be hard, but its not harder than staying stuck somewhere you don't belong. I believe that no human has to struggle in silence.
Are you struggling to do what matters to you? Is the Pandemic triggering old wounds or perhaps triggering symptoms that you have never experienced before? You may feel like your Brain is controlling you with negative messages about yourself and others. It would therefore be helpful to have someone to talk to AND teach you skills that will help you manage these difficult times. Are you a young adult having to live home due to economic and other concerns? You may feel invalidated by your loved ones and need support in order to move forward in your life. Is chronic illness exacerbating your symptoms?
Chances are if you're reading this profile you are looking for help. I believe life can be hard, but solutions don't have to be! Sometimes we just need help navigating through difficulties. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. I have extensive experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, parenting challenges, substance abuse disorders and other addictions.
Are you feeling tired, depressed, anxious, dissatisfied, or possibly experiencing a difficult life transition? Reaching out for support takes courage. Counseling is an aspect of healthy living that can help restore balance to your life. Gaining clarity through increased awareness helps you learn positive skills and regain hope and confidence. I will walk with you through this process by encouraging self-exploration and by collaboratively creating goals that suit your needs while also promoting healing and lasting change in a safe, comfortable environment.
I specialize in sexual issues and persistent psychogenic pain. Both of these realms entail working through trauma, anxiety, grief, impulsivity, and depression. In sex therapy, I help clients grappling with issues around functioning, sexual shame, sexual trauma, impulsive behaviors, sex and porn "addictions," low and hyper-arousal issues - all from a sex-positive, kink/poly/bdsm-friendly stance. I also help couples navigate challenges in their intimate relationships. With chronic pain and discomfort, I help people change their relationship to the symptoms, which leads to drastic reduction and often elimination of symptoms.
You've been experiencing sexual issues recently or maybe even for some time. You may be experiencing erectile difficulties and pain during sex. You’ve tried everything you’ve found on the internet but still, it's not working how you want. It's frustrating, isolating, infuriating and confusing. It may even be difficult to remember a time when things didn’t feel this way. But now, you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to break the pattern and have your body and brain on the same page. You're ready for a more fulfilled sex life. And most of all, you’re ready to feel more connected in your sexuality!
I am committed to helping you identify what needs to be addressed, with special consideration to what is actually feasible and realistic in your life today. We will gain perspective on your unhelpful thoughts and see their influence on behaviors that developed over time as a way to cope. Then you can decide what needs to be accepted and what can change in the now.
Are you seeking freedom from anxiety, obsession, addiction, depression, or fear? Do you feel overwhelmed or helpless? I offer private, empathetic support & guidance for your life's journey to help you experience relief & achieve your goals. Whether addressing trauma, facing fears, or developing betters ways to cope with stress I believe therapy may offer you the opportunity to become the "best" version of yourself and experience freedom. I believe deeply in people's ability to change but sometimes we don't know how- sometimes we get stuck. Therapy can help create movement & support to get unstuck- to be free!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Palm Beach are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Palm Beach then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Palm Beach, or Child Psychologists in Palm Beach.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Palm Beach psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Palm Beach specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.