Hall Birdsong, M.Ed.
Trauma, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Relationship Issues, Co-dependency, PTSD, Work-Life Balance, Stress Management, LGBTQ+
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Therapist in St.Petersburg, Fl
Hello and welcome to BYBS!
I'm Hall, a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern specializing in holistic trauma therapy and anxiety treatment in the vibrant community of St. Petersburg, FL. With a passion for providing inclusive and affirming care, I have specialized experience guiding individuals through their healing journeys.
My therapeutic approach is holistic, recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in the healing process. As a trauma-informed therapist, I am dedicated to supporting individuals in navigating the effects of trauma while creating a safe space for exploration, healing, and growth.
Anxiety can manifest in various ways, impacting daily life and overall well-being. I assist clients in understanding symptoms of anxiety and offer personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs, combining evidence-based therapies and holistic practices to foster resilience and alleviate distress.
Trauma can have profound effects on our lives, influencing relationships, self-perception, and daily functioning. I specialize in trauma treatment that integrates various therapeutic modalities, such as somatic experiencing, polyvagal therapy and mindfulness techniques, that supports individuals in their journey toward healing and restoration.
I’m most passionate about helping people heal from traumatic experiences, such as early childhood trauma, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, and other adverse events. It’s not uncommon for trauma to create lasting patterns, like depression, dissociation, codependency, low self-esteem, panic attacks, or relationship issues. My goal is to help you feel empowered to release these patterns, decrease your traumatic stress symptoms, and feel safe in your life again.
In addition to trauma and anxiety treatment, I am deeply committed to providing a safe and affirming space for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. I understand the unique challenges faced by this community and offer culturally competent therapy that respects and celebrates diverse identities and experiences.
I hold a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of William & Mary and continually pursue training to stay updated on the latest therapeutic approaches. My goal is to empower individuals to explore their strengths, embrace their authenticity, and foster meaningful connections in their lives.
If you're seeking compassionate support for trauma, anxiety, or exploring your identity within the LGBTQ+ community, I invite you to take the first step towards healing. Let's work together to create a therapeutic journey that honors your unique story and helps you achieve emotional well-being and resilience.
Contact me today to schedule an appointment. Your path to healing and self-discovery begins here!
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, The College of William & Mary
Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The College of William & Mary
Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern #IMH22984, supervised by Jamie Molnar, LMHC
Areas of Expertise
Hall's Treatment Approaches:
Somatic Therapy: This approach focuses on the mind-body connection, recognizing that trauma is stored not only in thoughts and emotions but also in the body. By integrating bodily sensations and movement, somatic therapy aims to release pent-up trauma, reduce physical tension, and promote healing through techniques such as Somatic Experiencing or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Person-Centered Therapy: Grounded in empathy and unconditional positive regard, person-centered therapy creates a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their experiences. This approach emphasizes the client's autonomy and self-discovery, empowering them to find their own solutions and healing paths within a supportive therapeutic relationship.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT combines mindfulness strategies with acceptance and behavioral change techniques. It helps clients acknowledge and accept difficult thoughts and feelings while focusing on clarifying personal values and committing to behavioral changes aligned with those values. ACT fosters psychological flexibility and resilience in the face of trauma-related challenges.
Humanistic/Existential Therapy: These approaches emphasize personal growth, self-awareness, and the exploration of existential concerns such as the search for meaning and the freedom to make choices. Humanistic and existential therapies encourage clients to confront their experiences authentically, fostering personal responsibility, self-reflection, and a deeper understanding of one's existence in the world.
Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporating mindfulness practices into trauma therapy involves cultivating present-moment awareness without judgment. By engaging in meditation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness techniques, individuals can develop a greater capacity to manage distressing emotions, reduce reactivity to trauma triggers, and enhance self-regulation.
Integration of Approaches: A holistic and integrative approach might involve combining elements from these diverse therapeutic modalities. For instance, integrating somatic techniques with mindfulness practices or utilizing person-centered principles alongside ACT strategies to address trauma symptoms comprehensively.
By integrating these multifaceted treatment approaches, clients can access a diverse set of tools and perspectives to address trauma's complex effects, promoting healing, resilience, and personal growth.
Hall's Areas of Expertise:
Trauma: Addressing past traumatic experiences using evidence-based therapies like Somatic Processing, or trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to promote healing and resilience.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks: Providing tools and techniques to manage and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, integrating mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.
Depression: Offering support and strategies to navigate through feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and low motivation, utilizing various therapeutic approaches to improve mood and restore vitality.
Relationship Issues: Helping individuals navigate challenges in relationships, fostering better communication, intimacy, and understanding within partnerships, familial, or social connections.
Codependency: Assisting individuals in understanding and breaking patterns of codependency, establishing healthier boundaries, and promoting self-reliance and personal empowerment.
Life Transitions: Guiding individuals through major life changes such as career shifts, relocation, divorce, or loss, facilitating adjustment, and promoting resilience during transitional periods.
Young Adults and Teens (15+): Supporting the unique needs and challenges faced by adolescents and young adults, providing a safe space for exploration, growth, and development.
LGBTQ+ and Sexuality/Gender: Offering affirmative therapy that respects and celebrates diverse identities and experiences, providing support around issues of sexuality, gender identity, and navigating societal challenges.
Existential Issues: Exploring deeper questions about life's purpose, meaning, freedom, and personal responsibility, assisting individuals in finding clarity and direction.
Men's Issues: Addressing challenges specific to men's mental health, including emotional expression, societal expectations, and navigating relationships and personal growth.
Stress Management and Work-Life Balance: Equipping individuals with effective coping mechanisms and stress-reduction strategies, promoting a healthier balance between work, personal life, and self-care.
Mindfulness and Meditation: Integrating mindfulness practices into therapy to cultivate present-moment awareness, reduce stress, enhance emotional regulation, and promote overall well-being.