How We Approach Counseling

Hi, welcome to People Bloom, the practice of Ada Pang, Bob Russell, Abby Erickson and Kristin O’Hara. We're either licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist/Associate or a Mental Health Counselor/Associate. We're trained differently because we know that no one model will work for all people. We also have different specialities because we know people come into our office with varying needs and we want to serve our community well.

One thing you can be sure of: We want to make your life better.

Here’s Abby

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Growing up, I was constantly conforming to others’ expectations of me. I didn’t allow myself to be me. I’ve since put a lot of work into finding my identity outside of my upbringing and I want to help you do the same.

Who I help

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Individuals going through the daily grind of anxiety & social anxiety - It’s hard when you’re constantly feeling nervous and uncomfortable. Sometimes it gets so intense you feel like you can’t breathe and you want to crawl out of your skin. When your anxiety feels out of control, I teach you tools so you can learn to lean into anxiety instead of run from it.

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Women who are struggling with poor body image - You’ve bought into the idea that if you just sign up for that weight loss program, follow the latest fashion trends, and get that new cosmetic tool you’ll feel better about yourself, but that hasn’t really done the trick. If you’re tired of this rat race, I can help you feel confident about your self-worth and comfortable with your body no matter your looks and size!

Nerd alert

In my work, I use Attachment Theory to help me organize my understanding of my client’s experience. I’m also very interested in using Emotionally Focused Therapy for treating couples, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) in my work with individuals.

Here’s Bob

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The connection I build with my clients play a big part in the success of therapy. As I get to know you, it helps me put together a picture of your life up until now. If you don't know your story well, I'll help you discover it. We'll identify the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that hold you back and help you develop tools to live your life more effectively.

Who I help

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Moody teens & their confused parents - Your teenager looks different by the day and their mood seems even more unpredictable. As the parent, you're at your wits end and you don't know what to do. I help you and your teen understand each other and give you tangible tools for a healthier relationship. 

Young professionals who are trying to figure out life - Your friends around you seem to have it all together but you feel a lot of pressure to grow up. You want to wear your, "I can't adult today" shirt more days than not. How you see yourself matters; let's figure this out together so you can go back to doing you with greater confidence. 

My toolbox

I've picked up a lot of approaches along the way. Depending on how useful they are in your situation, you'll find me drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Narrative Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and Psychodynamic Theory.

Here’s Ada

You're here because you want something different in your life. Here's how I approach therapy and how I can help!

Who I help

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Individuals & couples going through major changes — Your relationship ends. Parenthood has been one disruption after another. The move is harder than expected. When nothing seems normal, I give you tools to help you get back on your feet.

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Committed couples who have grown apart — You and your partner argue like clockwork. You’re living more like roommates rather than lovers. Instead of pulling further away, I help you learn how to create closeness and connection with your very important person.

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Individuals & caregivers facing cancer – Cancer is a game changer. From the day of diagnosis to ongoing treatment and screenings, life hasn’t been the same. While we can’t undo the past, I help you and your family integrate cancer into your life story so you can find joy and meaning each day.

If you care about acronyms

I use research-based therapy approaches to help reduce your symptoms and increase your overall functioning. After all, it's not just about feeling better but living a life that counts! For couples, I'm very fond of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In helping you through life transitions, including cancer, I tap into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Metacognitive Therapy (MCT). For insomnia, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). I've also been trained in trauma recovery and I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for kids and teens and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for adults.

The plan to stop struggling and start thriving: 

  1. Schedule a 20-min phone screen with Karen, our Office Whiz Extraordinaire.

  2. Come in for an assessment.

  3. Develop a plan to get you unstuck.

  4. Work hard to execute the plan.

  5. Be closer to the life you want.

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