About me…

I’m a native Arizonian, and have always been a wandering, creative soul, trying out the paths that offer more adventure and purpose. Creativity has always been the way that I make sense of the world, a natural fit with faith. If I can create, I can feel, talk about, and sing about the realities of my life, heart, and thoughts. I remember the first time I wrote a song/prayer and the relief I felt from that experience. I believe art is necessary and we are all creative (in some way). I also believe art is in everything – culture, clothes, conversation, scripts, animals, interactions, and of course, a quality cup of coffee :).

I am curious by nature. I love questions and experimenting, and creating. Being outside on a trail, by a fire, on a bike, in a garden. . . is my favorite, especially with my adventure partner/spouse. Soaking in nature and quiet are necessary for my soul. Creating is how I get through and reflect from day to day, mainly watercolor these days. I treasure my tribe, and enjoy spending time with my neighbors and finding ways to be more connected to my community. My faith is my foundation and I believe each person I meet is treasure.

Why I became a therapist

I never planned or dreamed of helping people in this way, nor did I think this would be a good fit for me. My path led me to many creative outlets that consistently allowed me to have a sacred space to say anything and express the pain that burdened me. Art was my survival kit that helped me navigate the intensity of my childhood and teenage years, and I still hold tight to these tools in new ways. It took me a long time to seek help through counseling, basically until I was falling apart. After years of wading through the deep darkness of my own shame and depression, I am still amazed that I am able to have internal peace and accept myself in new and old relationships and spaces.

Digging beneath the surface has been a meaningful part of my own story of recovery from trauma and abuse. I don’t believe I am one of the “lucky ones” who gets to feel better. I believe there is so much more for each of us to connect with, survive, and grow into as we enter the darkness of our stories and begin to make sense of it. Now I hold way more hope for you, me, and us.

What therapy looks like with me

I am pretty chill and love to give you space to explore your story, your needs, and the direction you want to go to find relief. We will create a rhythm together,starting and ending each session in a way that fits what you need.

We work together as a team. We find the path together that makes the most sense for you. It tends to become clear as we get to know each other and check things out.

I find that introducing creative options and invitations along the way to explore and experiment with tools/resources/spaces could be helpful along the way. I believe YOU (your brain, body, soul) have so much wisdom to share and take that wisdom seriously. If it fits it fits, if it doesn’t. . . we let it go and move on.

We could be in the art studio, on the couch, or stretching and moving.

I don’t always know what you need, so I need your feedback and invite you to speak up if something is off.

Trainings

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- Trained

Sensorimotor Level 1 Trained

Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration MAPC

International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)

Noel works with preteens 12+, teens, young adults, and adults. She specializes in post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression.

Noel offers Telehealth sessions for those whose primary residence is in Arizona.

If you are unsure if Brittany or Noel is a good fit for you please contact us and we will be happy to help you get set in the right direction.