Supporting all humans while centering Queer, Black, POC and Marginalized Individuals. We see you and hear you.
At Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Services, LLC, we emphasize seeing the whole of a person and all of their intersecting identities, values and concerns. We take pride in our ongoing personal and professional development around inclusive and affirming approaches to mental health care and the personal growth and self-care required to do this work. Though we work with clients of all identities inclusive of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and ability status to name a few, there are certain groups and persons who will find a particularly unique fit with our therapists' training, expertise, lived-experience, interest, and passion. You'll find our services to be intentionally unique and special and we welcome the opportunity to serve you.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT for Couples)
An Attachment Based Approach to Fostering and Repairing Safety and Connection with your Partner
Do you find that you and your partner are in a constant loop of connect-disconnect where things are good and loving one minute but then dysregulating, scary, and hopeless the other and you can't make it stop? Do you long for a deeper knowing of your partner but can't seem to broach the topic? Or are you in the height of love and care and want to maintain this? Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy might be what is missing in your relationship. With Advanced Training in EFT (Externship, Core Skills, Supervision), Dr. Koivula will create space for you and your partner to attend to this lack of safety that inhibits the connection you long for and find new ways of engaging from the bottom up so you can get out of the cycle of distress and into a more connected place.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
A Non-Medication Treatment for Sleep Distress and Disruption
Good sleep is required for optimal functioning, overall health, and general happiness. It helps us feel not just rested but connected to others, optimistic about life, and hopeful for the future. However, for many, sleep is wrought with frustration and distress either by acute, situational life changes such as a new job, a new baby, or a recent illness or injury or long term issues you've been dealing with for a while resulting months or years of treatment that you feel "just isn't working." CBT-I is a short term treatment protocol to attend to this distress by identifying your optimal sleep cycle, educating you on positive sleep practices, coaching you on making behavioral changes to maintain a positive sleep cycle, and helping you feel more rested, without medication, in just 8 weeks!!
Consultation, Supervision, Workshops/Trainings
Authentic Presence and Active Engagement
With experience in both small and large group settings, Dr. Koivula is skilled at connecting with a crowd of all sizes, shapes and forms, both in person, virtually and via podcast. Whether the topic is wellness, active listening skills, money management, group facilitation, or topics related to counseling and mental health; she brings authenticity, real world stories and experience, activities to encourage participation and energy to light up the audience. Her participants leave feeling informed, seen, connected, and excited!
Supporting you in moving from where you are to where you want to be
Let's face it, we all need help and support sometimes. In this Post-COVID-19 world, individuals seem more lonely, more disconnected, and more anxious. The rug got pulled out, and maybe things that used to make sense no longer do. These are all recipes for isolation, apathy and maladaptive coping. Our approach to these struggles is a strength-based method, focusing on the things you've learned that serve you while shedding the things that no longer do. Traditional individual and group therapy is a space for you, to process these concerns and struggles and get support to become that self you always thought you wanted to be and feel now is the time. Let us walk alongside you on the journey.