About

Everyone needs support.

Expansion and change can be so uncomfortable, even painful. Whether you are a young, middle-aged, or older person, moving toward a more ideal life experience can be slow going without support.

How one relates to others, themselves, the world, earth, or spirit is an art. I love supporting people in creating the relationships they want. The many colors, mistakes, masterpieces you have made and will make…

Move into a new day.

You’re ready to work toward your physical, relational, and mental health goals and get from feeling stressed and disconnected to rejuvenated and connected.

I can give you effective tools to MOVE toward your ideal self, body, relationships, and life experience.

We will do this through the power of nature, movement, and psychotherapy.

There is more – more acceptance, beauty, and fun to life.

 Yvette’s Practice

Who Am I?

 

I am a woman (pronouns: she, her). I am a parent, dancer, artist, partner and friend to many… LGBTQ+ Positive. Kink Positive. Poly Positive. Sex Positive. Race and Gender Aware. Love Positive.

I am a sensualist – dedicated to finding pleasure as well as peace and creativity through connection to this physical world and the Universe.

To me, this physical world includes us and our relationships and can include our deepest selves and connection to one another. This physical world includes the story we are living and thinking and our physical reality.

The Universe includes infinite healing energy, interconnectedness, oneness, spirit, ancestors, God, and the mystery of nature and science.

I use evidenced based practices from the field of psychology and medicine.

I love to employ creative movement and grounding and awareness practices with clients who are interested in trying it out to deepen the talk therapy and their journey in life. Creative movement can simply be walking in nature with a sense of awe or straight up dance therapy! We also sit still on rocks on the river and the creative movement happens in a moment of enlightenment mentally, emotionally, spiritually…

A holistic approach to life. Mind, body, relationship with others and the earth, and our spirit are one in the same.

We can transcend and change the story we keep telling ourselves so we can be free of the habit patterns of our minds and behaviors that are unhelpful and sometimes hurtful. We can become closer to ourselves, to each other, and ultimately to our purpose whether it is just to love more fully, increase the peace in the world, or to be closer to your true nature/purpose/God.

I have been working as a counselor for over 18 years. I am a Virginia board-licensed couples and family psychotherapist. I bring training, research, and curriculum to compliment my passion to listen to people’s unique experiences and strengths. I love providing support and guidance towards your goals and solutions to managing individual and relational stress and difficulties.

I am non-judgmental and compassionate, and encourage deep reflection, empowerment, and accountability of one’s experience and situation. I will call you out on your shhh. I continually do the same for myself.

I facilitate nature and movement sessions. This is basically movement (walking, hiking, stretching, swimming in river…) PLUS psychotherapy outside in green spaces in Richmond, Virginia or in a home office surrounded by trees. During therapy sessions with adults, teens, couples and families, I found people felt better when they were moving and out in nature.

 

Working with relationships in relationship

My partner, Chris Mercer, and I have facilitated private and group relationship work/funshops. We have known each other for over 20 years and like to joke that we have been in “matrimonial bliss” for 10+ years.

Joke because it’s not always like that. We have worked together through trauma from adverse childhood experiences. We have struggled together through mental and physical health issues. Plus, raising two children can put a strain on a romantic relationship.

We practice what we preach

Our steps toward greater intimacy, mental wellness, and actual bliss have been because we are honest about our individual and relational needs, and seek evidenced-based practices and support.

We are passionate about helping others toward more peace, connection, and ecstatic joy!

Making way for many stories to be heard

We appreciate speaking with and listening to all individuals and couples, including those who have a tendency of being marginalized.

Chris and I understand that gender identity, gender, sexuality, religion, race, culture… all matter and don’t matter in some way.

Our curriculum is presented in a non-binary, universal, and culturally sensitive manner.

Chris has been a teacher and coach for over 15 years.

He is a phenomenal teacher and storyteller, and breaks relationship concepts down in a memorable and an easy to understand way.

His sense of humor helps others discuss uncomfortable topics in a fun and direct manner.

He has an exceptional ability to listen deeply, think critically, and, as a trained life coach, knows exactly how to ask the right questions for you to find your own answers.

We believe in a holistic perspective.

Much of our work/fun-shops focus on the present with appreciation and practical ways to navigate the complexities of life and our histories.

When not facilitating retreats, we enjoy watching serious comedies with a social justice angle, cuddling with each other and our two children, and going outdoors.