Offers remote video session for clients.
Young Adults / College Students
Specialties & expertise
Internal Family Systems
Anxiety and depression
Recursive patterns of interaction between family members or significant others
Recovering loss in intimacy
Existential challenges & life transitions
Loss and grief
Starting college, changing role at work, marriage, graduation
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.
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
Whitney is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual sessions: $120/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $70 - $120 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
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."
Internal Family SystemsIFS is
a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them.
Zero BalancingZero Balancing is powerful touch therapy for body and mind. Deeply relaxing and energizing, ZB touches your core, at the level of bone, to promote wellness and balance. (learn more)
Jungian Therapy Jungian or analytical therapy, developed by Carl Jung, seeks to help people access their unconscious to develop greater self-realization and individuation. Jung, a psychoanalyst, sought to understand the psyche via dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. The Jungian therapist helps the patient find more meaning in their life, with respect for the mysterious nature of the soul. (learn more)
Education and work 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