When's the last time you truly relaxed?

Mind-Body Medicine for Busy Beings

About


Are you tired of battling perfectionism, people-pleasing, and self-doubt?

My clients struggle just like you do. Despite being passionate, hardworking, and kindhearted, life is overwhelming.

Work-life harmony isn't a pipe dream, it can be a reality.

I help creative professionals feel confident in their personal and professional relationships while giving the middle finger to perfectionism, people-pleasing, and self-doubt.

When my clients first come into therapy, they feel like an old iPhone that hardly holds a charge with 100 notifications left unread. They are exhausted and frazzled. While their dreams and passions keep them moving, they are scattered and stretched so thin in every direction. They may be doubting why they went into this career path in the friggn’ first place. They know something has to give, they need to do more of that elusive self-care stuff, but relaxing is so hard when their inner critic screams even louder that they need to get shit done.

My clients want to be calm, confident, and true to themselves. They desire deeper relationships and time to actually have fun with friends. They are tired of feeling tired, over with the over-thinking and over-accommodating, and sick of saying yes when they really meant to say no. They want to go on vacations guilt free and truly relax. They are ready to learn new skills to handle difficult emotions, say no to others (and mean it), rediscover their strengths, and reclaim their creative power.

There’s a reason why you’re here reading this. You deserve to put yourself first without worrying about letting your career, friends, or loved ones down. It’s not a pipe dream, feeling serene and successful without an overloaded schedule is possible. If you want to work less and live vibrantly without guilt or fear, I’d love to help you step into your power.

Meet Dr. Liz


Multi-media artist | Neurodivergent | Video game nerd | Proud dog mom

Hi there! I’m proudly a human first, clinical psychologist second. I’m a connoisseur of many paradoxical things, from downtempo electronica to heavy metal. Despite my peaceful presence, I’m a rebel at heart and love kickboxing or raving my frustrations away. I love my tea dark, just like my humor. Oh, and I’m a recovering perfectionist with attention abundance (aka ADHD).

I love working with creative women and gender expansive folks who have silenced themselves to make others comfortable. They are wanting to rediscover their voice, reclaim their power, be true to themselves while caring less about what others think about them. Through my own EMDR and hypnotherapy, I learned how to calm my inner critic, befriend my body, and balance the blessings and inevitable curses of attention abundance with entrepreneurship. Although your journey to owning and knowing your power may be very different than mine, I’d be honored to be your guide.

If you’re secretly a rebel underneath all that people pleasing, perfectionism, and “good” behavior, you’re my kind of vibe.





MY Values


Compassion | Creativity | Connection | Courage | Curiosity

My Specialties


Trauma & Complex PTSD | ADHD & Perfectionism in Professionals | Burnout | People-Pleasing | Relationship Issues

Professional Credentials


In case you really want to know


License & CertificationsEducational Background
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of North Carolin
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX
    • Doctor of Psychology
    • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
  • Trained in S.A.F.E. EMDR (Somatic & Attachment Focused)
  • Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC
    • Clinical Psychology Internship
    • PTSD and LGBT+ Veterans Care Emphasis
  • Advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis 
  • Extensive training in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

Online Therapy


Holistic Mind-Body Medicine Based on Science

S.A.F.E. EMDR

Leave your past in the past

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Hypnotherapy

Welcome the wisdom within

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Create a rich life & rediscover your strengths

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My Approach


Therapy doesn't have to suck

Despite the seriousness and depth of our work, I hold the policy that work is serious play. I liberally use humor, creativity, and warmth to create a supportive space for you to learn new skills, re-discover your strengths, and foster resilience to overcome life’s struggles with confidence.

I don't do cookie-cutter therapy where I follow a manual step by step and throw worksheets at you. I listen deeply to craft an easy and efficient treatment plan with you for your specific needs and goals.

My approach is integrative, holistic, and research-based to provide you the best treatment science has to offer for deep healing and transformation. We can get a little "woo" too if you desire. I also interweave ADHD and executive coaching approaches so you can actually get shit done and deeply understand your strengths in your career.

For hypnotherapy, IFS, or guided meditations in our sessions, I can provide you a professionally recorded MP3 for you to download.

I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, kink-aware, poly and ethical non-monogamy affirming, sex-worker allied, and take an anti-racist and health at every size (HAES) stance in our work together.

Clinical Consultation


Interested in taking your therapy skills to the next level? Or struggling with a tough case? I'm here to help.

I offer consultation in:
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Mindful Hypnosis
  • Integrating Hypnosis, DBT,  or IFS with EMDR
  • Complex PTSD 
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Professional Burnout & Compassion Fatigue
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • ADHD in women

My rate for consultation is $150 per 55 mins and includes a digital recording of our meeting via Zoom with associated scripts/worksheets/resources.

 Contact me today to invest in your zest!
Clinical Consultation

Workshops & Trainings


Knowledge is power. You probably already know that. Allow me to help you and your team to level up with engaging, experiential, and exciting workshops.

Learning is serious play. You'll walk away with new skills, techniques, and experiences to help you and your team thrive.

Some of my workshops include:
  • Stress Management & Resiliency Training
  • Combating Compassion Fatigue
  • Mindfulness at Work
  • Mindful Hypnosis for Achieving Flow & Creativity
  • Creating Work-Life Harmony 
  • Sleep with Ease
  • Re-Discovering Strengths
  • Compassionate Communication & Conflict Management
  • Breaking Unhelpful Habits
  • Understanding Trauma from the Inside Out
  • Mindfulness for ADHD Brains
  • Positive Psychology to Overcome Burnout
Have another topic or idea for your team? Contact me today to invest in your zest.

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Contact


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  • Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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F.A.Q


My hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Thursday, with my last appointment at 4pm.
As an out-of-network provider, I can give you a superbill on a monthly basis for you to be reimbursed for out-of-network services. Please note, however, that providing a superbill requires me to provide you with a mental health diagnosis which will be part of your permanent medical record.

For the purpose of your confidentiality and privacy, I will not be communicating with your insurance provider directly.

In my experience, insurance sh*t's all over your healing and are party crashers to your growth. They limit the number of sessions, frequency of sessions, and will randomly decide you’re “all better” when we’ve only met for 3 sessions. No thank you!
Our first 85 minute session together is $230 and includes a thorough and holistic assessment and treatment plan

Subsequent 55 minute sessions are $200 and includes a professional audio recording of any hypnosis, mindfulness, or IFS-informed meditations during our time together

Costs for a Cause:
My rates allow me to provide premium care to others who are struggling financially and would not have access to the specialized treatment I offer. With every session, you are helping someone in North Carolina have access to effective trauma treatment

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If you are struggling financially, I offer limited sliding scale and scholarship slots. I do not want money to be a barrier to your healing. Please contact me and we can discuss your options to get you the care that you deserve.

An alternative option is having a friend, partner, or love one pay for your sessions until you are financially able to do so.
Individual sessions are 55 minutes.

I can also provide 120 minute sessions for longer EMDR and Hypnotherapy sessions to heal deeper and faster.
I will be offering walk-n-talk therapy at one of my favorite hiking spots in Asheville, NC around March 2022 (pending the COVID pandemic).

Please note, I will only be offering walk-n-talk therapy to vaccinated clients.

If you're interested, please contact me to be put on the waitlist!
I'm all about comfort, convenience, and creativity. These are the 4 main reasons my clients LOVE online therapy

  • 1. The Ultimate Time Saver
    • Gone are the days of getting fully dressed, hassling this traffic, worrying about being late, and spending 30-60 mins of driving just to get to and fro your appointment. Attend your therapy sessions by opening up your laptop, whether you're at home, office, or vacationing on the beach. Image what other nourishing activities you could be doing with an extra hour back?

  • 2. Comfort
    • For therapy to flow effectively, it's necessary for you to feel at ease during our work together. My clients love having their sessions outside, or on their favorite couch, and wearing their leggings or lounge clothes with their favorite essential oils in the background. Whether at home, on a trip, in your office, you can easily carry out your sessions productively and comfortably.

  • 3. Confidentiality
    • Goodbye awkwardness of waiting rooms or accidentally running into your ex in the parking lot! With online care, you can carry out the sessions from any location of your choosing without anyone knowing your business.  Like in person sessions, I'm legally and ethically bound to protect your confidentially, health information, and obey HIPAA. In other words, all your data and the conversation between you and me remain secure through encryption.

  • 4. It's JUST as effective as in person therapy
    • Multiple research trials comparing online versus in person therapy suggest that treatment effects are equivalent. Yes, even hypnotherapy and EMDR can be done effectively & successfully online. In fact, a study indicated that some clients feel more comfortable video chatting versus than in person.
My last name is pronounced Slow-nehn-na. It's Polish for Bacon. Yes, you can call me Dr. Bacon if you wish.

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My Research


Mindful Hypnotherapy Reduces Stress and Increases Mindfulness

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Mindful Hypnotherapy significantly reduced perceived distress and increased mindfulness in highly stressed college students. Mindful Hypnosis is a feasible intervention for stress reduction and increasing mindfulness.

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Brief Mindful Hypnosis Reduces Stress and Increases Mindfulness in 7 Days

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This study provides the first empirical support that BMH is superior to an active-control intervention for reducing stress-reactivity while significantly increasing mindfulness and relaxation in just 7 days.

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The Rapid Anti-Fatigue Effects of Ketamine for Treating Depression

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Ketamine rapidly improved fatigue relative to placebo in a group of individuals with treatment-resistant bipolar depression.

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Can ketamine treat your depression? Check your fitness watch

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You activity levels may identify if you are a good candidate for ketamine treatment.

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Blog


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Podcast


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Press


Mindful Hypnotherapy for Stress Reduction

6/15/2020

Mindfulness combined with hypnotherapy aids highly stressed people 'Novel intervention' may be as effective -- or more so -- as existing treatments

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Will Ketamine Treat Your Depression?

8/15/2017

Check your smart watch. Activity & sleep patterns may help identify people who could benefit most from this anti-depression treatment.

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Study Might Give the Anxious Less to Fear

2/18/2013

A different region of the brain may help manage anxiety or fear.

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