Kaylia Schunemann, LPC Intern
Supervised by M. Michelle Hawn, MA, LPC-S
Welcome to therapy
Are you feeling off or not quite yourself? Maybe you function well in the outside world by meeting professional standards or family responsibilities but you experience internal conflict, such as anxiety and sadness, that you can’t reconcile. Through counseling we form a relationship where you can be seen and understood, not just for who you appear to be, but who you really are beneath the surface.
I have found that the most uplifting and healing moments in my life occur when I am completely open and exposed to another person and then accepted for who I am. Sometimes we hide our true selves from those around us out of fear of rejection, abandonment, or conflict. Sometimes we hide our true selves from ourselves! In other words, it can be too overwhelming or intimidating to accept feelings of worthlessness, shame, or insecurity, so we deny our reality and substitute an identity that seems more acceptable.
People have the tools within themselves to make their lives better.
I view my work as a rebellion against more traditional methods in which the “expert” doctor cracks open your unconscious mind and interprets it for you. In my practice, your emotions are upheld as valid and sacred material that should be experienced in totality. I approach change at the raw, emotional and existential core of an individual because I believe internal truths will always supersede the objective knowledge or techniques that the counselor brings to therapy. You are the expert on your own life.
Somewhere deep down, I always knew I would become a therapist because I find people endlessly fascinating, endearing, and worthy of love and acceptance.
But, I actually went through college with the intention of becoming a professor of English literature. In the end, I realized that literature is my life passion, not my career. However, along the way Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, and the romantic poets taught me a lot about the human condition.
I graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas.
I began my counseling career in college, volunteering at a counseling center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Then, throughout grad school, I worked at the University’s clinic seeing individuals with anxiety and depression. I also spent my internship at a residential treatment center, providing therapy for individuals who experienced substance abuse, complex trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia.
I enjoy working with queer people, including those in the process of transitioning or with the hope of transitioning in the future. I also enjoy working with atheists, agnostics, and those in a period of spiritual and existential questioning.
I have led art therapy groups and would love to incorporate art therapy into our work together if that is something that resonates with you.
Fee: $70 for 50-minute session. I offer a free, 20-minute consult visit where you can meet me, see if you feel comfortable, and determine if I can help you or if you will need a referral.
Areas of focus: Adult individuals – Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Substance Abuse, Existential issues, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Trauma and PTSD, Men’s Issues, Life Adjustments
Special Skills: Person-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Art Therapy, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
“Who I am is good enough if only I would be it openly.”
– Carl Rogers