Naomi Wiens, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

What does emotional wellness mean to me;
Emotional wellness means caring for my soul. It also means caring for my relationships, striving for openness and authenticity. I feel emotionally healthy when I have taken time to do things that I love with those that I love. This is what gives me life.

My emotional wellness self-care practice is:
I have recently started painting. While I am not an artist by any means, I find that the process of blending color on paper is life giving to me. I also love to spend time outdoors, exploring Kings Canyon specifically, traveling and trying new foods, adventuring with good friends, and getting off the beaten path. These are just a few ways that I find enjoyment, wellness, and relaxation.

My treatment approach focuses largely on Family Systems and culturally informed therapy, honoring interdependence and connectedness between people. These therapeutic practices stem from the idea that while we are individuals, our ways of relating and being are dependent upon the community we are a part of. I also believe strongly that community can be an incredible force in our individual healing and growth.

“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown

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