Alayna Baillod, LCSW & Owner of Self Care Impact Counseling
Alayna Baillod, LCSW, EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant/Therapist, Level 1 & 2 Gottman Couples Therapy, Trained in Emotion- Focused Therapy, CBT, DBT, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, Solution- Focused Therapy.
Alayna is as real as-it-gets! Clients see Alayna as down-to-Earth, relatable, having a good sense of humor (and using it!) and confident in sharing her therapeutic expertise. She is an extensively trained, passionate therapist who strives to meet clients where they’re at while providing an appropriate amount of challenge to gently push clients to grow beyond their comfort zone. You can expect a supportive, guiding and grounded presence in the therapy room with Alayna.
Alayna has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Her early experience was centered around working with children, adolescents, young adults and families who have experienced trauma. In her practice she specializes in Couples Counseling and EMDR/Trauma Therapy.
Alayna understands the courage and vulnerability required to seek help and is empathetic, strength-based and solution-focused in her approach. She is deeply passionate about helping people thrive and reach their goals. She believes all emotions have a job – to bring something to our attention, to give us information about our world, sometimes to give us the motivation to take action. Alayna sees her role as a therapist to help you better understand yourself and to teach you tools and skills so that you can be effective in your life.
In her free time, Alayna practices yoga, enjoys hiking, foraging for wild mushrooms, live music, scuba diving, ceramics, spending time with her family, friends and pets (two cats, three ducks and two bunnies). She also loves dogs and dreams of having a therapy dog someday! Alayna is a big fan of camping and loves trying new foods. Recently, Alayna has been spending a lot of time working on new ‘hands on’ projects and has been converting a shed in her backyard into a tiny home.
Quote Alayna loves: “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” -Mary Oliver
Bet you didn’t know: Alayna has spent more than 500 days primitively camping in remote depths of the wilderness. She lived in the desert of southern Utah for three consecutive months at age sixteen! She has always preferred the outdoors to indoors, even as a young child.
Bonus Facts: Alayna is originally from the Detroit area and has spent the last decade living in Colorado, Utah and California.