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Counselor / Therapist

Grace Ballard, LPCC, LMT

Grace Ballard, LPCC, LMT photo
Mindfulness-Based Therapy
Specializing in queer identities, sex work, polyamory, kink
Contemplative Psychotherapy is rooted in the belief that all people are born with the wisdom they need, known as your “brilliant sanity.” As your therapist, I can help you uncover this rich resource and tap into your innate wisdom, promoting healing and improved well-being. With a decade of experience in meditation and mindfulness practice, I integrate Buddhist philosophy with modern Western psychology, bringing present moment awareness into our time together and focusing on our relationship as the tool for healing. While Western psychology often focuses on diagnoses and symptoms, Contemplative Psychotherapy views the effects of past trauma and emotional challenges as the barriers to accessing your internal wisdom and its healing potential. Together, we aim toward awakening the self as it fully is, complete with its pain and challenges, and its brilliance and beauty.

Non-Heteronormative Identity and Sexuality
I know that in navigating the world as a queer person, it can be challenging to find the right fit in a therapist. Whether you identify as non-binary, trans, genderfluid or anywhere on the spectrum of non-heteronormativity, it's critical to talk with someone who gets it. When it's time to further explore a facet of your identity, sexuality or relationship, you can feel safe expressing yourself with me as you are without your therapist assigning your struggles to your lifestyle or identity. I counsel sex workers, individuals in polyamorous or other multiple-partner relationships, and participants in kink or BDSM lifestyles. When you walk into my office, you can rest assured that you will be met with compassion and non-judgement.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Domestic Violence  Marriage Counseling
 Addiction  Eating Disorders  Men's Issues
 Adolescents  Educational Therapy  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Adoption  Family Conflict  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Anger Management  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anxiety and Panic  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Asperger's Syndrome  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Bicultural Difficulties  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Body Image Issues  Herpes and STD Counseling  Relationships
 Caregiver Issues  Hypnotherapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Learning Disabilities  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Life and Wellness Coaching  Stress Management
 Couples Therapy  Life Transitions  Trauma and PTSD
 Depression  Loneliness  Women's Issues
 Divorce  Marriage & Family Therapy  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
Bio
I practice contemplative psychotherapy, which utilizes mindfulness techniques and a basic belief that we are all intrinsically good. I can help you reconnect to your basic goodness, while facilitating healing through relationship. I believe in moving at your pace and creating together an environment of warmth and safety.

I accompany people on their journeys. I will be with you in your pain and your joy. I prefer swimming in the deep waters: exploring the bigger questions around the meaning of life and death, how to find and maintain fulfilling relationships, how to thrive in our precious, finite time here.

I am a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy master's program at Naropa University. I've been a massage therapist since 2005 and specialize in working with trauma in all the ways it manifests in the body. I hold an undergraduate degree in Science Fiction Writing from Hampshire College.
Education/Training
I am a graduate of the Contemplative Psychotherapy master's program at Naropa University. I've been a massage therapist since 2005 and specialize in working with trauma in all the ways it manifests in the body. I hold an undergraduate degree in Science Fiction Writing from Hampshire College.
Memberships
AASECT - American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
AGPA - American Group Pscyhotherapy Association
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, credit cards, hsa accounts
Hours:Monday - sunday
Cost/Session:110
License:LPCC.0015262