Eileen Somerville, LMHC
Hi, if you’re reading this, you are probably thinking about starting therapy, whether it is for the first time, or one of many times. Many people going on this journey are hesitant and or curious, both of which are more than normal. As a therapist, I understand how important therapy can be, and also how intimidating it can feel.
My name is Eileen Somerville and I am a licensed mental health counselor and masters level certified addictions professional. My greatest title however, is that of being a mother of two beautiful boys and a wife. I entered this field in 2009 because I wanted to help people as cliché as it sounds— but I know now that it is not just a desire, it is my ultimate purpose. I want to help people breakthrough negative patterns in their lives and to be able to achieve whatever it is that they hope for and dream of. I believe that all of the answers are within us and that with the right guidance we can find peace and freedom.
As a therapist, I enjoy working with adults of all ages, but my niche is working with women. I feel very strongly about empowering women and helping them renew their spirit, as so many women face issues alone. I have a passion for working with people who struggle with codependency, low self-esteem, toxic relationships, and those struggling to identify what they want in life and those looking for their authentic self. I also have a deep commitment to working with people that struggle with addictions of all kinds, particularly substance abuse. I feel like it is really important work because so many of us struggle with how to manage our feelings and addiction(s) become an alluring alternative to dealing. I enjoy working with couples because as a married person, I know how hard relational work can be, but also how relationships in our lives can transform us powerfully. In the end, my work to help clients establish better interpersonal relationships is the most rewarding work. We know that relationships of all kinds can give human beings great joy, but studies show that even more than that, the health of those relationships is the most accurate measure of overall life satisfaction. I also like to work with adults who are autistic or ADHDers, and feel I am able to help with some of the societal challenges that come with that. I am an ally to the LGBTQ + community and also help clients who need my support as they walk in their truth. I offer Christian counseling to clients whom prefer to incorporate their faith into therapy. The heart of my work, centers around childhood difficulties and or trauma. I focus on breaking generational patterns that stifle current or future change. I believe that so much of the anxiety and depression we experience in this society is based on cultural and societal expectations of us. I whole heartedly believe that individually and collectively WE CAN HEAL.
In my sessions, I prefer to use a cognitive behavioral approach, with some dialectical behavioral therapy. I also use motivational interviewing, solution focused, and Gottman interventions. I also love giving homework as I believe therapy is a walk we take throughout each day not just for an hour a week. I use podcasts, TikTok, books, and other resources to compliment what the therapeutic goals are. I ask that my clients try to be as open and honest as they can be, not for my sake, but so they can get everything they need from the therapy process.
If I had one hope for all of my clients, it would be that they would be able to work on themselves in order to truly live out their most authentic and most beautiful version of life. We have one wild and precious life- Let’s live it.
As far as my personal life, I try to spend a lot of time with my family and I routinely weight lift, which is my favorite hobby. I find that being strong physically helps me in other areas of my life.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
“Keeping quiet for the sake of peace, just wages a war within yourself” – Anonymous
“I am nor what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”- Carl Jung
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH14144
- Master Certified Addiction Professional, MCAP100009
- Trained in EFFT (Level 1)
- Master’s Degree (M.S.) Mental Health Counseling
- Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) Psychology