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Check below for our listing of AAIT Certified practitioners by state. You are welcome to contact them directly to inquire about their services.

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Amy Lepore, LCSW

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Location: Elmhurst, Illinois
Virtual Appointments: Yes
Accepting New Clients: Illinois residents only
Website: amyleporecounseling.com
Phone: 630-384-9605
Email: amy@amyleporecounseling.com

Amy is a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Amy Lepore Counseling in the Chicagoland area. Whether she is sitting across from you in her sunny* office or on the other end of the computer screen, she brings professional attentiveness and her caring, intuitive personality to your session.

Amy helps adults who are struggling with:

  • Managing strong emotions and difficult relationships
  • Recovering from substance use disorders
  • Healing from complex grief over the sudden or traumatic loss of a loved one

She uses effective therapy models, including the brilliant and holistic Acceptance and Integration Training, to help individuals find their clearest Self and to restore balance in their life. To learn more about Amy’s approach, and how she can help you, check out her website. If you are still interested, send her an email to schedule a time to discuss your counseling needs.

*when it’s actually sunny

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Dr. Lauren LaPorte, Ed.D., LCPC, LPCC, NCC, RYT-200

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Dr. Lauren LaPorte, Ed.D., LCPC, LPCC, NCC, RYT-200 is a board-certified counselor and licensed psychotherapist in California and Illinois, with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, and holds certification as a yoga instructor. She draws upon 20+ years of practicing counseling and her corporate and higher education experiences to help create unique therapy plans with her clients. Each plan is developed specifically to address the needs of the client and may include a focus on healing trauma, decreasing stress, reducing burnout, increasing job and life satisfaction, and creating functional habits.

What you can expect: After a brief phone consultation to determine if her practice can fit your needs, your first session may consistent of getting to know you and the concerns that bring you to therapy. Then you will work as a team to develop the best plan to achieve your desired goals. Each session begins with discovery and follows the phases of AAIT™.
Lauren provides both in-person and Telehealth for clients in Illinois and provides Telehealth to clients in California.

Marcy Pritzen, LCSW

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Marcy Pritzen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the
Chicagoland area with thirty years of experience.
She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and incorporates
a holistic model of mental health, nutrition and balance while
helping enable individuals to take charge of their lives from the
inside out.

With AAIT, Marcy is a compassionate listener and committed to
understanding your personal needs and goals while empowering
you to discover your True Self in order to attain overall life
satisfaction.

Marcy provides both individual and group psychotherapy both in
person and via Telehealth. She has extensive experience working
with adults struggling with anxiety, mood disorders, trauma,
relationship issues, as well as developing goals to attain health
management. She welcomes all sexual orientations and gender
identities.

Contact Marcy
Email: marcypritzen@comcast.net
Phone: 847-636-6364

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Rick Fridrick

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The son of a Chaplain, a Middle School Teacher, and a CNA to the Elderly,
Rick Fridrick was raised with the value and a desire to serve and help others from an early age. Rick was born and raised in a small steel and pottery industry town in Eastern Ohio, but when he was a teenager, his family moved to Central LA, where he lived for 7 years.

Rick attended college at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches LA, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Addiction Studies. After graduating from NSU, Rick married his wife, a Louisiana Native, then immediately moved to Knoxville, TN where they lived for 9 years. During that time in TN, Rick obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Tennessee. Rick has been working in a social service capacity since 2006, and has been working in a clinical capacity since 2009 providing individual, group, family, and couples counseling to underserved populations of all ages and backgrounds. Rick obtained clinical licensure to practice in March 2011 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since March 2016.

Rick has work experience encompassing geriatric care, residential and behavior modification treatment with troubled youth, addiction/substance abuse-related treatment, Program Coordination serving individuals with special needs, as well as working in outpatient mental health counseling settings.

From 2012-2021, Rick’s focus had been working in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) setting starting out at Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN as a Clinical Therapist providing counseling services to undeserved populations regardless of their ability to pay and treating people with both their mental health challenges as well as physical challenges. This experience at Cherokee Health Systems led Rick to move back to Central Louisiana to take on a full-time clinical position as a Behavioral Health Consultant, as well as, a part-time role of Behavioral Health Director for the Trinity Community Health Centers of Louisiana.

Since 2021, Ricks most recent endeavor, has been the establishment of his
own mental health private practice with Alexandria Counseling in Alexandria, LA. where he provides individual, couples, and family therapy to Teens, & Adults struggling with various mental illness and situational stress, helping them free themselves of emotional pain and suffering fast!

With his use of AAIT, He has had great success on issues such
as Depression, Anxiety/Panic, Trauma/PTSD, Mood Instability/Bipolar, Grief, Substance-Related, Emotional and Physical Pain, Situational Stress, Family dynamics, and so much more. Ricks goal is to share his “TRUE BaYOU Standard” of “Revealing & Healing Your True You, Unlocking Your True Potential & Providing You Lasting Results!”

Rick also offers a spiritually-informed approach with his patients if they so choose. Rick has a true passion for spiritual growth and understanding one’s purpose within their spiritual state. This passion has led Rick in a role of ministry & spiritual direction off and on since 2002.

To see if Rick is the right fit for you check out the below link for more info and ways to reach him:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/rick-fridrick-aait-certified-practitioner-alexandria-la/830885

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Aubrey Vick, MFT-I

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I have my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. I am currently working towards my Marriage and Family Therapist license and work under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

I have a certificate in Perinatal Mental health and a passion for working with individuals throughout pregnancy, the parenthood transition and adoption. I also work with individuals who are living with anxiety, depression, grief and those who are facing obstacles in their lives that has left them feeling “stuck”.

I offer premarital and marital counseling, as well as family counseling.

I view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership- we work together in order to define and meet your personal goals. I use a method called AAIT- acceptance and integration training. Through AAIT I guide clients in their journey to uncover their true self. I use various processes within AAIT that alleviate emotional suffering.

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Brittany A. Tipton, LCSW

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Brittany A. Tipton is a Knoxville based Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. Over 10 of those years have been spent in the Medical field as a counselor and advocate for people dealing with serious medical diagnoses. Now, Brittany is providing counseling with an expertise in health related trauma, grief and anxiety.

Brittany also specializes in working with medical professionals and with mental health clinicians due to the common experience of stress resulting from their great work. Clients often focus on growth within the areas of stress management, professional goal attainment and spiritual development.

When working with Brittany, clients can expect a space of care, where values of dignity and worthiness for all people are promoted. Brittany is both direct and gentle, while leading clients into greater connection with their true selves, with others and with God of their understanding.

Currently, Brittany specializes in telehealth or virtual therapy with women and adolescents, ages 12 and older. At this time, therapy is for Tennessee residents only. A HIPAA compliant virtual platform is utilized with electronically signed paperwork and managed insurance billing for client convenience.

Brittany has been trained in various types of therapy, but due to the effectiveness experienced personally and with clients, Acceptance and Integration Training®, is the main modality utilized in therapy.

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Carla Winchester, LCSW

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Carla Winchester, LCSW has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. She works with clients from 14 to 80 years of age. Her work with a variety of populations include clients who have experienced trauma, blended family issues, anxiety, depression, grief, and couples. Carla is LGBTQ+ affirming.

Having experienced the healing potential of AAIT(TM) first-hand, Carla is eager to share this promising model to quickly help relieve the suffering of others. Carla is a warm, friendly and engaging therapist. And this warmness spills over at times with the help of her Goldendoodle, Kodiak, who is training to be a therapy dog.

Emily Laura Hoffman

Emily L. Hoffman

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Emily Hoffman is a designer, visual storyteller, creative problem-solver, and holistic coach (multi-passionate, anyone?) whose work uses the modality of AAIT to ease the tension between the complex and the simplistic, revealing a blissful, yet irreverent playground from which you can bring your creative ideas to life. Emily can guide you through self-betrayal, codependency, and “clutter” to design a life (or creative project) that honors your unique wiring and sovereignty. In her spare time, she loves to play piano, learn languages, and roam the hills of East Tennessee.

Website: www.vaiavanti.space
Email: emilylaurahoffman@gmail.com
To schedule: calendly.com/yimily

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Jason Abrahamzon

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I am truly passionate about my work and by virtue of my brand as a licensed counselor; you know that I am the right person to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be. I specialize working with adults (18+) in a variety of settings that experience anxiety, symptoms of depression, seeking to create meaning in life, and making difficult choices. I am trained in many different evidenced based practices focusing on mindfulness, meditation, realistic and obtainable goal setting, and a focus on the here-and-now.

I am respectful of our time and will give you great value during each and every session. I am very protective and respectful of both my time and your time. I confidently set my fee based on my time and the value I provide and I am currently only accepting tele-health clients due to the pandemic.

My training and dedication to the counseling profession brings a level of knowledge and confidence to create a meaningful environment where you can feel safe, cared for, and secure as you work through different presenting issues in your life and seek greater peace.

Jody Butler, LCSW, LADAC, CEAP, MAC, SAP, Accudeotoxification Specialist

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Jody Butler, LCSW, LADAC, CEAP, MAC, SAP, Accudeotoxification Specialisist

307 High Street, Maryville Tennessee 37804
(865) 386-4642 Fax: (865) 379-2869
jodybutlerlcsw@gmail.com

QUALIFICATIONS:
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) TN #4599. Licensed since September 19, 2005.
LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) TN #268. Licensed since
September 1, 1997.
MAC (Masters Addiction Counselor) National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Counselors #507112. January 2006.
CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) Employee Assistance Certification
Commission #0040649. Certified since October 1, 2004.
Qualified Substance Abuse Professional
Federal DOT Regulations and Assessment Requirements met beginning June
2003Auricular Accudetoxification Specialist # TN 188since June 27, 2011
Level Two EMDR training completed October 2007

EDUCATION: BS in Human Service University of Tennessee Knoxville 1994 – 1996
MSSW, Clinical Track University of Tennessee Knoxville 2000 – 2002

EXPERIENCE:
1/28/2008 – Present
Private Practice, Maryville, Tennessee.
Counselor. EMDR, psych education, psychotherapy, alcohol and drug assessment
and education. Referrals as needed.
04/17/2010 – May 31, 2013
English Mountain Recovery Center, Sevierville, TN
Counselor. Responsibilities include; Providing Women’s group therapies and
individual counseling sessions. Provide Accudetoxification group sessions.
6/24/02 – 1/17/08
Blount Memorial Hospital Concern Counseling and EAP, Maryville, TN
Counselor. Responsibilities included; assessment, education, contracted company
trainings, counseling, and referral.
09/1999 – 12/2001
Bob McColl LCSW, Alcohol and Drug IOP, Knoxville, Tennessee
Counselor. Responsibilities included; assessment, education, facilitating individual and
group education and counseling.
09/1999 – 12/2000
New Hope Recovery Center Morristown, Tennessee.
Counselor. Responsibilities included; developing policies and procedures,
education, assessment and follow up, facilitating group therapy.
08/1991 – 04/1999
Cornerstone of Recovery, Louisville, Tennessee
Responsibilities included: Evening shift Manager Responsible for staff and Client care.
Facilitating groups, assessments.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Organization

Lauren Startup

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Lauren Startup founded the Tend Together Collective, a virtual collaboration space for individual and community healing that welcomes all ages, bodies, identities, and abilities. While researching bias at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Lauren discovered two things that spurred the creation of Tend Together:

1) there’s magic in personal practices of ongoing self-reflection, self-education, and self-care
2) community supports offers depth and lasting steadfastness to individual, personal practice

Tend Together features rotating event and workshop content focused on full living, liberation, unraveling bias, creativity, and joy offered by Lauren and collaborators.

Lauren is proud to have undergone the rigorous training required to become an AAIT practitioner. She employs AAIT in facilitating individual and group sessions. In her care, clients discover the solace and mysterious wonder of conscious living as their relationships with others deepen, and they come home to who they really are.
Work with Lauren or join us at Tend Together.

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Logan Mahan, MSSW, LMSW

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Logan is a Licensed Master of Social Work working toward full licensure. He is supervised by Jimmy Hill, LPC, as well as by an LCSW supervisor.

Logan is a certified Acceptance and Integration Training™ practitioner and uses AAIT to help clients quickly resolve the layers of conditioning, self-judgment, loss, regret, and trauma that have grown around and obscured the true self.

Logan especially enjoys working with sexual minority men navigating stuck points related to their sexuality. This often includes religious and spiritual trauma, grieving fractured relationships, navigating sex & romantic relationships, and dealing with anxiety and existential confusion surrounding issues of faith & sexuality.

Logan’s clients tend to experience him as gentle but direct, with both a warmth that models the kindness he wants clients to have toward themselves and a solid precision he knows they need to face their fears and become who they really are.

When Logan isn’t working, he loves to hike in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, wrestle on the floor with his German Shepherd Eden, and support the work of a local non-profit he co-founded, River & Rail Theatre Company.

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Stacy Hernandez, LPC

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Stacy Hernandez is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is devoted to helping those who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress management, self esteem and those simply trying to find their place in this world. Stacy is certified in Acceptance and Integration training. She graduated from Hardin Simons University where she received her Masters of Arts in Family Psychology.

Stacy truly believes there must be a collaboration that takes place where she and the client will decide on a specific plan that fits their needs. This may include deciding what has kept you from achieving your goals or having difficulty moving forward by using AAIT methods. Together, Stacy and her client will be putting pieces together to rebuild your masterpiece of your true self.

Once we can identify our limiting behaviors and beliefs, a new sense of freedom can emerge. Stacy wants to be able to help her clients with this utilizing AAIT methods. She provides a warm, safe, non-judgmental space where her clients can feel free to express, heal and transform to their true authentic self, while identifying ways to bring peace and wholeness to their life.

Stacy wants you to know change is about interrupting the habits and patterns that no longer serve us. As you begin your journey with Stacy, she wants you to understand what you’d like to be free from, free to do and free to become the best version of yourself.

When Stacy is not helping others, she enjoys riding her scooter or driving her 65 VW beetle around the back country roads of Knoxville. Stacy has been married 21 years, has 2 children, 3 dogs, and 2 tortoises. Stacy strongly believes in AAIT and incorporates the process in her own daily self care.

Give her a call at 865-218-8994. She can’t wait to work with you!

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Wanda Komjathy

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Wanda is currently undergoing licensure in the state of Tennessee. She works primarily out of Knoxville, Tennessee and is devoted to working with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, and/or have a chronic illness(es). She is also passionate about working with individuals who are experiencing grief and have undergone traumatic events. She works with individuals as well as groups. Her goal is to establish a space that is judgment-free and a compassionate place to be one’s self and vulnerable.

She is fluent in American Sign Language and worked as a community ASL interpreter for five years. She is an advocate for Deaf rights as well as an LGBTQ+ ally and has a soft spot for veterans. She is dedicated and passionate about promoting empowerment and healing to individuals within both Deaf and hearing communities.

When not working, Wanda loves to read, DJ with different music genres, and is an avid video game player.

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Glenn Soberman, PhD

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Glenn Soberman, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years clinical experience.

He is a certified teacher, therapist and supervisor of Trauma Resolution Energy Therapy (TRET)and Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) and is also certified in Acceptance and Integration Training with a private practice in Waterbury, VT.

He has provided trainings to mental health professionals in North America, Central America and Europe including at international conferences. He has been an adjunct faculty professor at SUNY New Paltz and Marist College.
He is currently providing trainings in TRET level I and II.
His previously published book is Letting Go: A Self Help Manual for Emotional Well-Being.

www.centerforholistichealing.com