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.
Taryn Cooper, MA, LMFT
Taryn takes a holistic approach as a licensed marriage and family therapist trained in psychotherapy and family systems. She works to help her clients care for every part of themselves: mind, body, and soul. As a marriage and family therapist, Taryn works to help her clients improve their relationships through a variety of skills and practices. She has experience helping couples improve their relationship through better communication and the healing of “emotional wounds.” Taryn integrates many theories in her practice as she helps families come together to work through their difficulties. Taryn also works with many individuals, many of which suffer from anxiety, depression, or PTSD. She works with many adolescents and their families and enjoys helping families work through this particularly difficult time in their child’s growth and development. She also works often with college-aged individuals working through the challenges of young adulthood. Taryn believes that strength lies in admitting to ourselves that we need to ask for help when we feel stuck or when our relationship feels stuck. She also believes that therapy is only effective when there is a healthy, trusting relationship between the therapist and client and desires every person find a therapist whom they love working with. She hopes that her clients experience acceptance and compassion while working to help them achieve their goals.
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.
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.
Michele Kenney, MS, CMHC
Our society runs at such a fast pace that we have lost the ability to relationally connect in an effective way. When we learn to slow down and quiet ourselves, we are able to find healing connection with others as well as inner healing. Quiet connection to self helps us find peace where there is turmoil, find direction where we are lacking, and connect with the people we love on a deeper level.
The direction I take with therapy truly is by focusing on relationship, not just relationship within the family, though it may include that, but I like to expand to relationship with self, and with spirituality when it’s appropriate. I also like to help by reframing personal perspective so that a new relationship with your story can begin.
My focus work is with marriage and family, relationship repair, trauma, anxiety, and healing from domestic violence or other abusive situations. I use concepts from mindfulness, family systems, and neuropsychology in order to help my clients build self-awareness and insight into their situations. When appropriate, I also use Biblical truth as a foundation in session. I believe that we are all on a life journey and we all need help along the way; I am here to be a support on that journey.