Counseling here at The Front Porch is unique, integrating Mindfulness, healing touch and good listening to our clients. We value listening well because we believe our clients know how to heal what is causing their suffering alongside a caring and thoughtful person. We can add flexible alternative pathways in a person’s life, or support in an overwhelming circumstance. Medicine cannot replace what makes us human, we need another person who is genuinely interested in our well being when we are suffering or going through a transition. We help our clients understand that what they may feel is “wrong”, may be a door into a deeper transformation of what is right or possible. We do not quit, we believe there is hope in all circumstances.
Kathy Blumentritt, MA, LMFT
Director of The Front Porch
We make more sense than we know…only if we take time to listen. I believe we know what we need most of the time, and find limitless ways of getting it. Most of the time unconsciously, and some of the time getting it in ways that are difficult to see and understand.
Currently, I use relationship and Mindfulness to work with all of my clients. I believe most people experience depression, anxiety, loss, and difficult transitions in life. Due to our fast pace culture, it can be difficult to explore and listen to our inner world that directs our outer world. We can often times want change in our lives but not have time to listen to what is happening inside. In my experience, changing the unconscious-driven life happens when we go within and even better with non-judgmental support who can listen. Often times, when asked what I do for a living…I say, “Listen, and swim slowly while diving deep.” I like searching for the answer in what makes sense in what is happening. Often time shame or judgement prevents us from understanding and moving forward. Each life has a unique book to write, and every chapter has lessons learned and people loved and lost. No matter what chapter I meet people in, I find joy in journey as they realize their own potential and power to make change.
Jenna Duell, MA, LMHC
Assistant Director of The Front Porch
With a holistic approach, I believe that everyone has the capacity to heal themselves through a growing self awareness. With an emphasis on exploring the mind, body and spirit, I integrate talk therapy, mindfulness practice, brain and relational science, sand tray and other art forms to understand and express the unique inner world. In working with individuals, couples and families, I have a mindful approach; making space for acceptance, kindness, and compassion in their personal and relational life. I enjoy connecting with clients using humor, open-mindedness and respect. I am committed to learning and firmly believe that there is plenty of time and infinite possibilities for growth and healing for everyone.
“It’s not easy. This human realm in which we have taken birth is halfway between heaven and earth, and it is said to have fundamentally and equal measure of suffering and pleasure, of joy and pain, of loss and gain, of the mundane and the daily, punctuated by unspeakable beauty and oceans of tears”. — Jack Kornfield
Alyssa Driver, LCSW
Alyssa is a licensed clinical social worker and a 500 hour registered yoga instructor. She trained with the Trauma institute of Boston in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She worked with adolescents for 10 years and has an understanding of the difficulties teens face today such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and sexual identity issues. She has knowledge of the dynamics of domestic abuse and addiction as well as the grief process, the impact of traumatic stress on individuals and those who love them. Alyssa seeks to provide a safe space for individuals to explore and gain insight into patterns and perceptions that contribute to personal and interpersonal difficulties. She believes in a holistic approach to health, using talk therapy, breath work, mindfulness and trauma sensitive yoga to assist others on their journey of personal growth. She believes in the strength of the human spirit to transcend adverse conditions and gain the strength and wisdom within these experiences. She uses her personal qualities of open-mindedness, compassion, intuition and, at times, humor. She seeks to provide a safe space and a healthy therapeutic relationship to assist clients in finding moments of peace and happiness in a chaotic world.
Alyssa works mainly with adults and adolescents, and has a special interest in women’s issues, trauma, and sexual and gender identity. She provides sessions that can include talk therapy, yoga, trauma sensitive yoga or a combination.
Molly Smith, MA, LMHC
I long to create a space where others feel valued, cared for, seen and heard. I enjoy connecting with adults, adolescents and children through a compassionate and gentle approach, as well as humor and empathy. I tend to take a holistic approach, looking at the mind, body and spirit, and exploring the experiences and longings of each one. I do so by integrating approaches such as talk therapy, mindfulness, play and sand traytherapy, as well as other artistic methods. I believe having others compassionately with us and connected to us can usher in great healing and change.
On path to Licensure
The following therapists have been chosen to work at The Front Porch due to their strengths in relationships, pursuit of learning and openness to all who want healing. They are working towards hours for the licensure and they all have a Masterʼs degree in Counseling.
These therapists are supervised by Kathy Blumentritt, LMFT and this group works as a team to integrate strengths and personal interests.
Interests in child, adolescent, and family therapy. Specializations in behavioral therapy, child development, play therapy, crisis intervention, and mindfulness. Clinical strengths include: childhood disorders, anxiety, and high risk behaviors.
Gabrielle Yost, M.S.Ed.
I believe in finding hope and love in all the darkest places. Sometimes addiction and other overwhelming circumstances happen on our journey called “life.” I am here to help those who feel lost, broken, and hopeless when all other avenues seem bleak. I believe that there is no “ONE” answer that fits all, therefore I will work with you on your journey to find the perfect balance of peace and reality. I will meet you where you are and we can work together to find a path back to a healthier and happier you.
Interests include addiction, mental health and holistic wellbeing.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Guatama Buddha
Kelsea Taylor Miner, M.S.Ed.
I believe in the power of relationships and connection. I enjoy being with my clients exactly where they are in each moment while also providing guidance through their own world. I work from a nonjudgmental standpoint and encourage clients to be as authentic as they feel comfortable with. I strive to create the therapeutic alliance with each client by being real and supportive. I believe our relationships impact our lives in many ways and can help each person get to know themselves better. I work with each client in a way that lets them know they are accepted wholly for who they are and in a way that helps them gain insight into their needs, wants, emotions, and desires. By working in this way, we are able to see hope moving forward and find answers that are being sought.
Michelle Gibson, M.A.
I ground my work on a positive view of humanity, as I see individuals as the experts of their own lives who are innately striving toward their best self. There is no “one size fits all” regarding the therapeutic process, as I aim to simply provide a safe, authentic, empowering, non-judgmental, and emotionally-supportive relationship that is tailored to each unique child, adolescent, or adult.
Life can be overwhelming, and it can be easy to feel stuck in a cycle of anxiety, hopelessness, frustration, and/or sadness. I believe that life’s challenges can offer great opportunities for growth, and that everyone deserves to feel understood and at peace; no cause of stress is too big or too small to take the first step towards emotional recovery. There is hope and strength in every one of us, and I am happy to meet individuals exactly where they are at and offer guidance and compassion as we take this journey together towards self-discovery and uncovering that from within.
With trust comes exploration. With exploration comes awareness. With awareness comes empowerment. With empowerment comes freedom.