Whitney Q. Thompson

Whitney Q. Thompson
Body-Mind Practitioner, Zero Balancer

Accepting new clients; out of office August 2-14, 24-25

Whitney is fabulous. She is incredibly skilled at leading your self inquiry. Asking tough questions when needing and allowing you to unfold your story all at the same time..."

- 30 year old professional (2016)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Whitney here.

    About Whitney

  • Offers unique body-based therapy approaches of Internal Family Systems and Zero Balancing, a touch therapy for both body and mind
  • Sees many teenagers, young adults, mid-career adults, and families
  • Expertise in addressing mind body disconnect, transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, addictions, feeling stuck, and stress management

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Whitney Thompson is a Body-Mind Therapist and Zero Balancing practitioner. She received her MS, MFT degree from Central Connecticut State University and her BA from Vassar College. 

Whitney offers a unique body-based approach in which she helps individuals rediscover wholeness through bringing breath and compassionate awareness to the body. She practices Internal Family Systems (IFS) and integrates a touch therapy called Zero Balancing, both of which increase mindfulness, create a sense of safety, and build compassionate understanding.  

Whitney has expertise in mind-body disconnect, addictions, anxiety, feeling stuck, family issues, and various life transitions. She is dedicated to offering affordable mind and body-based therapies for the community.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

For college students: " There's often still a stigma with therapy; but seeking out a therapist doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you; in fact, it's usually the healthiest person that seeks therapy! I see therapy as a way to empower ourselves through exposure to new tools and exploration into new paradigms for living authentically. Being in an academic environment as a student, you're very much in your head, and it can be helpful to have the support to feel safe, turn off your head, and trust that answers can come from other places in your body. "

For clients who've been in therapy before: " Many clients who see me have been in therapy before, and have seen it be helpful to a certain extent until there's an impasse. I find that often happens when the client develops the intellectual understanding of what's going on, but it's not really changing how the problem is manifesting on a daily basis, and how it's showing up in their bodies. Working with me is partly about figuring out what's going on in your mind, but it's more about sinking into your own body, being curious about what you're experiencing, and connecting what you already know with what your body is feeling. "

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, Body-Mind Therapist, Zero Balancer, 2007 - Present
Connecticut Valley Hospital, Family Services, rehabilitation program, 2006 - 2007
Haddam Killingworth Youth and Family Services, Clinician, 2006 - 2007

Central Connecticut State University, MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2007
Vassar College, BA, Philosophy, 2004

specialties

SPECIALTIES

Addictions – Alcohol, drugs, work, television, internet / technology addictions etc. Includes people in recovery as well as people who have coping methods that don't serve them. Addresses addiction as a symptom of other unresolved issues. 
Anxiety and depression – General anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Includes feeling down and overall mood disturbance through major depression
Feeling stuck – Feeling stuck in terms of desired change and seeing results (eg. through therapy). Addresses this with majority of clients; helping clients who have tried many types of solutions and have lost hope in actively experiencing change. 
Existential challenges & life transitions – Finding a way to make sense of life and make life fulfilling within the boundaries of life’s circumstances; adjusting to college, post-graduation career transitions, and new relationships
Family issues – Recursive patterns of interaction between members of family of origin or significant others; addressing the family as a system, rather than as comprised by individuals.
Loss and grief – Coping with the loss of a loved one or community member
Mind-body disconnect – Listening to the wisdom of our bodies, rather than simply the mind. Connecting what clients are feeling emotionally and physically with their understanding of themselves and the world. Learning to look at physical discomfort and symptoms as carrying or holding messages for us and being curious about them, rather than reacting negatively towards them.
Relationship difficulties – Includes conflict resolution, communication improvement, recovering loss in intimacy, transitions to marriage, or saving a marriage; recognizing patterns in relationships and past failed relationships; finding the person you want to be with; same sex and heterosexual couples counseling
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Transitions – Bringing a level of curiosity, awareness, confidence, and skill to master the transitions life brings us, eg. starting college, changing role at work, marriage, graduation

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers
Young Adults / College Students
Adults
Families
Parents
Couples

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


I went to Whitney hoping to unpack why my romantic relationships keep ending the same way/hoping to understand and change my patterns. I also had a lot of unresolved family of origin issues that needed attention.

Whitney is fabulous. She is incredibly skilled at leading your self inquiry. Asking tough questions when needing and allowing you to unfold your story all at the same time.
— 30 year old young professional (2016)
I felt like I was in destructive patterns and wanted to shift into healthy independent ways of living. Started with figuring out where I was holding stress in my body, and then zero balancing practice really helps me feel more grounded everyday. I’d definitely recommend it.

Whitney is easy to talk to, listens well, and is non judgmental. The zero balancing practice has really helped me feel grounded everyday.
— Artist, RISD '05 (2016)
I was experiencing extreme anger that was interfering with work and relationships. I would not have sought Whitney out as she is 40 years my junior and I was sure she would not understand my problems or offer relevant support. I “signed” on because her fee and services were affordable. I was experiencing some of the most emotional pain in my life and was desperate for support.

WQT’s extraordinarily skill level in IFS therapy helped focus on my pain and understand my emotions! This understanding led me to a better understanding of myself and acceptance of myself and emotions.

WQT is “ present” and “ holds the space” which provides a safe environment for a client. I felt acceptance and non-judgment allowing me to explore who I am.

I’m a Registered Nurse with many years experience in field of addiction and mental illness. My work involves providing support for a wide range of people with an incredible degree of loss, pain, dysfunction. WQT’s influence helps me accept and love myself while proving support to those I serve. This allows me to not get caught up in the role of caregiver, and have energy to seek joy and enthusiasm in my personal life. It is a balancing act but I’ve acquired tools to experience feeling more centered, grounded and content!
— Registered nurse (2016)
I began seeing Whitney due to a bad break up; but we began working on the dynamics of other relationships in my life. Whitney has helped me identify the subliminal signs of stress in my life, and to compassionately address them while maintaining healthy relationships.

I would recommend Whitney to anyone who wants help dealing with one particular issue, and also to the client who understands that issues in our lives overlap and multiple themes may need addressing.
— RISD alum, '07 (2016)
I was having troubles in my relationship and also wanted someone to talk to about things that happened in my childhood that I never processed correctly.

Whitney was the first therapist I ever went to. I never actually believed or felt like therapy was necessary. My first session with her, I was incredibly nervous but she made me feel really comfortable. She was extremely easy to talk to and she listened very intently and always gave me a positive and healthy way of thinking/processing what I was feeling. She has a very wonderful aura about her.
— Retail Department Manager. Beauty school dropout. Artist. Introvert. (2016)
[What did you see Whitney for?] Depression symptoms, maintenance therapy, sexuality and family relations. I saw this therapist at 16 for about 6 months and for maintenance periods through high school and college.

I would 100% recommend her. I feel like she not only had a deep understanding of her therapy techniques but also allowed for exploration and self development. She alway made me feel like she was on my side.
— RIC '14, Social Work student, homeowner, dancer, Christian (2016)
[What did you see Whitney for?] Anxiety. PTSD. Family relationships. Body relationship.

Whitney is supportive and thoughtful. She can tune into where I’m at and guides me in unpacking and going through difficult things when I need to. She is like a good tour guide for your internal parts, too. Helping me learn to act more with compassion and support to my whole system, because I become more familiar with my guts reactions and understand them better, in a safe and supportive environment.

It all kind of helps you tune in better to your own [balanced] frequency. And there’s a lot of listening to your body signals, to work in better partnership with it when posed with triggers especially. And that’s been helping lessen anxieties and fears that manifest physically and make me feel paralyzed and weak. It all helped me personally notice how I held/ hold past trauma in my body as much as I do in my brain and memory. Which helps the process of processing it and moving beyond it.

Also I want to add she’s not just a very nice person. She also is understanding of peoples different experiences and struggles that they deal with in our society [racism, sexism, trauma in family history]. These conditions shape your everyday life and can further keep us disconnected and dis-empowered. She understands individual personal transformation and healing, and is aware and supportive of larger social transformations needed for us to move forward as a whole... for everyone’s well beings.

To sum up she helps you unpack difficult things when you need to. Helps you be more resilient. And gives guidance how to take better care of your well being. And she knows whats up with our community and society, both local and planetary.
— Feminist and Artist (2016)