My general therapy philosophy
To be human is to experience great joy and great pain; sensitive people feel that pain on a deep level that can be overwhelming. Whether your pain stems from traumatic experiences, attachment wounds, or emotional needs that aren’t being met, therapy can help you sit with the pain while still building a meaningful and rich life. Therapy can help you claim your sensitivity for what it is--an exquisite gift to be honored instead of an overwhelming enemy.
Who I am clinically (in the therapist chair)
My name is Hannah Lingafelt, and I specialize in helping sensitive people find their own inner resilience so that they can continue to live meaningfully despite experiencing pain and difficulty. Whether your symptoms are related to trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, attachment wounds, or something else, my job as therapist is to walk with and guide you as you move through the inner spaces that are uncomfortable and scary. Like Frodo in “Lord of the Rings,” you must carry the ring to Mordor; however, as your Sam, I will walk with you and support you on your journey.
I received my Bachelor of Music in Music from Appalachian State University in 2013 and received my music therapist, board-certified credential (MT-BC) in 2014 (*11130). I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in body-centered therapy and my Master of Music Therapy in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2017. I practice as a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina (13448), am a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI), and have completed training in levels 1, 2, and 3 of Internal Family Systems. As a therapist, I have worked with women with anxiety and depression, adults recovering from trauma, and adolescents and young women with eating disorders. I am person-centered, LGBTQIA affirmative, and fat-positive/Health at Every Size-oriented.
I have also received additional training in somatic- and attachment-focused eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (SAFE EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.
Who I am personally (outside the therapist chair)
When I’m not in the office, I can be found attempting to find the next best dad joke and making horrendous puns, crocheting two- and three-dimensional creations, and reading approximately five different books at one time. I'm a bit of a nerd and can always watch the original Star Wars trilogy. I love alpacas, cheese, and Broadway musicals (my current favorite is "Hadestown").