Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes, even the strongest people amongst us need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Awareness is the prerequisite for change and growth. Through therapy and mindfulness-based interventions, I aim to help clients discover their optimal potential, embrace the wise mind, and better manage symptoms with effective evidenced-based coping skills . We can’t get “rid” of symptoms; however, we can learn to better manage them. This is achieved through shifting how we relate to life stressors from avoidance to mindful acceptance. Through learning more about how different parts of our brain function, i.e., survival brain, emotion brain, and smart brain and practicing mindfulness skills such as observing, describing, mindful breathing, and attentional control, we can develop a relationship with our symptoms based on integrative awareness and acceptance.

Meet Dr. Sylvia Kalicinski-Don

I am passionate about utilizing mindfulness-based interventions in both my clinical approach and research. My education and therapeutic aim integrates mindfulness, the psyche, psychology, systemic thinking, and communication skills training. I hold a B.S., in Radio Television and Film from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. By bridging my expertise in systemic thinking, mindfulness, and wellness; I guide clients in exploring new perspectives, develop a healthy relationship to self and others, and discover a mindful approach towards internal self-talk and communication in relationships. My theoretical approach also embraces dialectical informed behavior therapy, cognitive behavior, Jungian analysis, narrative therapy, and integrative therapies to help foster psychological flexibility and a creative exploration of the mind.

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