Be Your Own Best Ally
Explore how to access reliable inner resources of safety, strength, and connection. Drawing on these resources, we can stay present when fear arises and meet any situation with courage, intelligence, and care.
Move Beyond Right and Wrong
Couples (monogomous, polyamorous, straight, queer), best friends, co-workers, housemates... your relationship matters! Connect with the heart of each other's pain, gain insights on possible solutions, and practice new ways of being together.
Heal Within Community
Play, explore, connect, and be supported in guided collective journeys and workshops. Affirm that you are not alone, be witnessed as you are and are becoming, and develop supportive relationships within a therapeutic community.
WHAT YOU LONG FOR IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT
Connection + Belonging + Authenticity + Creativity + Meaning
We are all born and live with these (and more) universal human needs. They are essential to our experience of love, peace, and joy, and are the most unifying human truth.
We learn who we are and how to get our needs met through our most intimate relationships — parents, caregivers, siblings, close friends, teachers, and more. Starting in infancy, we observe, reflect, and internalize the behaviors, beliefs, and relationship dynamics that surround us.
WHAT YOU WERE TAUGHT ISN'T ALL THERE IS
Unfortunately, not all adults model healthy, mature ways of being. How influential people early in our lives handled fear, anger, guilt, and shame directs how we will, as well as informs what we expect from others we meet along the way.
Maybe you can relate...
Holding back or over-extending out of fear of not knowing-giving-being enough in the eyes of others.
Feeling under-appreciated or invisible when those you care about don't anticipate and provide what you want and need.
Engaging in spirals of blame and shame that result in withdrawal, punishment, confusion, and resentment.
Demanding high standards of self-perfection before accepting yourself as whole and lovable.
Resisting loss or change out of fear of falling apart and not being able to put yourself back together.
Feeling victimized or unable to get out of the difficult conditions or relationships in your life.
The learned behaviors and beliefs that hold you back from living in a way that enables you to truly meet your needs are yours to carry or yours to release.
WE ALL NEED SUPPORT
Help and healing comes in many forms — an inspiring story, an eye-opening conversation, a reliable friend, an insightful dream, a near-death experience, a ground-shaking conflict...
As well as intentional participation and investment in a therapeutic relationship with someone who has the tools and your trust.
I invite you to reach out to me if...
You are seeking a safe relationship for your whole self, including all the disjointed or hidden parts, to be seen and heard.
You want guidance in discerning what your heart is asking for, what your body is needing, and how your mind can help.
You are willing to practice the mindset and skills you need to show up in your full integrity for yourself and your relationships.
You are ready to transform your beliefs and behaviors from limiting to liberating.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ME AND MY PRACTICE
I invite you to learn more about me, my expressive therapy approaches, and my framework for personal and cultural healing by checking out the following pages.
Additional information about my practice, including payment, expectations, and more, can be found on the FAQ page. Of course, please reach out if you have any additional questions!
My framework is rooted in liberation psychologies, which locates psychological work within a paradigm of interdependence, recognizing that culture and psyche co-create each other; giving priority to what or who has become marginalized in psyche and society; and nurturing longings for just and peaceful communities as acts of faith in the future.
Expressive therapies, like drama, art, movement, music, and more, brings the whole self—mind, heart, body, and spirit—into the dialogue, drawing upon deeper wisdom and insight than the cognitive mind has alone. By bypassing the critical, logical mind and utilizing the power of imagination, we can elicit, embody, practice, and make-real new possibilities for relating to ourself and to one another.
TERI LYNN GRUNTHANER
I've been on the journey of developing experiential therapeutic approaches, critical consciousness, and community organizing skills for over a decade. In 2017, I graduated with an MA in Drama Therapy and am on my way to becoming a Registered Drama Therapist. I live in a co-housing community in Lawrence, KS.
For the record, Teri is not a licensed mental health clinician, and her services are not a substitute for medical care. To learn more about her credentials to offer Expressive Therapy, please visit the page about Teri Grunthaner.