Bailey Ritsema, MSW
Being a human in the world can be a difficult experience to get through. Sometimes we feel lost, empty, confused, and alone. Maybe you’re going through a big transition, maybe there are unprocessed events from the past that are negatively impacting the present, or maybe you’re noticing that some of your own behavioral patterns are holding you back from being in your power. For many reasons, we all need support sometimes and it can be so helpful to have an empathetic and compassionate presence who will listen without judgment and help us see our blind spots.
I believe each of us has an inner strength and an inner knowing that can help guide us through the most difficult challenges. The messages we receive from the world can block us from tapping into that personal power. So often, those messages turn into negative core beliefs that we are not enough as we are, that we are unworthy somehow, or that we can’t trust ourselves. There is a higher self in all of us who knows none of that is true and I am passionate about helping people feel more connected to that voice.
I have several years of experience working with kids and teens in both residential and outpatient settings. I’ve also worked with preschoolers experiencing homelessness and teens in the justice system. Currently, I’m working mostly with teens and adults and what I notice is that the messages about personal power resonate with all ages on some level.
My areas of focus include life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues. I am trained in EMDR and I often use this modality to help people process negative core beliefs and traumas so that they feel more empowered in their lives. I’m also a big believer in the healing capabilities of nature and mindfulness, so I like to incorporate these elements into my work with people regularly. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am excited about being a provider to this population in particular, because I know it can be difficult to find a therapist who you can feel safe and comfortable with. If it sounds like I might be a good fit for you or your teen, please reach out!