ADDISON ODUM

MAT, MSW Intern

There are an infinite number of variables that shape our experiences, how we interact with those around us, and ultimately who we are and how we behave in the present moment. Given that life is both joy and suffering, no problem is too trivial, nor too big, to be addressed.


Do you find yourself ruminating on the past or future? Do you struggle to find motivation for things you used to, or long to enjoy? Are you blanketed with anxiety, have a hard time maintaining healthy relationships, or feel unhappy in your body? Perhaps you know or have a feeling that a stressful or traumatic event is keeping you from moving forward. Within the context of our history, society, biology, and thought patterns, we can learn ways to cultivate joy and navigate our suffering. 


Whether you are looking to therapy as a way to maintain your wellbeing, or whether you are seeking counseling to find a better way of being, we can work together to develop the tools and support that will help you along your way. Using a collaborative, if at times eccentric, approach to therapy, I will do my best to establish a safe and trusting space in our work together.

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MORE ABOUT ADDISON

Pronouns: she/her/hers

TREATMENT APPROACH

Through a strengths-based lens and an embodied approach, we will work together to develop and meet your goals. Drawing upon your inner wisdom, known or unknown, we will work to create meaningful connections to self, others, and the natural environment while you walk an individualized path toward healing and thriving. The landscape of our lives shapes us; this includes intergenerational history, childhood, family dynamics, hopes, growing edges, physical environments, societal forces, and how we make meaning out of our lives. It is through a holistic, person-centered approach that we will address your concerns and struggles.

SPECIALITIES

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger management 

  • Trauma

  • Interpersonal relationships

  • Failure to launch

  • Self-esteem/Self-worth

  • Life transitions

  • Overall wellness

AGE OF SPECIALTY

  • Teenagers (16-19)

  • Young Adults

  • Adults

  • Elders (65+)

TYPES OF THERAPY

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) 

  • Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT) 

  • Motivational Interviewing 

  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) / Mindfulness 

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) 

  • Trauma Focused 

  • Strengths Based Perspective

 
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“Solace is what we must look for when the mind cannot bear the pain, the loss or the suffering that eventually touches every life and every endeavor; when longing does not come to fruition in a form we can recognize, when people we know and love disappear, when hope must take a different form than the one we have shaped for it.”

David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

 

KNOW YOUR THERAPIST

WHAT DID YOU GET YOUR DEGREE(S) IN AND WHERE FROM?

I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Art in Teaching from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. Currently, I am finishing the final year of a Masters in Social Work from Utah State University.

SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My career began as an elementary school visual art teacher in Memphis, TN. Since then, I have worked outdoors with a focus on conservation ecology, wilderness therapy, and crisis intervention with adolescents, teens, and young adults. I have also worked as an interning therapist with adjudicated youth and their families, helping them build stronger relationships with each other and the greater community. From helping others develop life skills, better manage anxiety and depression, address oppositional defiance or self-harm, to working with challenging interpersonal relationships, and healing from trauma, I have worked with a wide range of the human condition over the course of fifteen years.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A THERAPIST?

A meandering path led me to the office of an incredible and unconventional therapist who instilled in me the importance of trying. She showed me how to integrate my experiences, while nurturing all the soft, tender, hurt parts of myself.

WHATS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?

Through a strengths-based lens and an embodied approach, we will work together to develop and meet your goals. Drawing upon your inner wisdom, known or unknown, we will work to create meaningful connections to self, others, and the natural environment while you walk an individualized path toward healing and thriving. The landscape of our lives shapes us; this includes intergenerational history, childhood, family dynamics, hopes, growing edges, physical environments, societal forces, and how we make meaning out of our lives. It is through a holistic, person-centered approach that we will address your concerns and struggles.

WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK OR ASSIGNMENTS DO YOU GIVE CLIENTS?

Assignments are tailored to each client and are provided, not as busy work, but as experiential learning to gain deeper insight into your own thought processes and way of being. Examples of homework can be as simple as pausing for three breaths once a day, listening to a specific podcast, or completing a more prescribed written assignment. Whatever the chosen means, we will work together to ensure it meets your needs.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST SESSION WITH YOU?

No preparation needed. You might feel guarded, skeptical, anxious, or worried. Know that if you feel your therapist is not a good fit, we can find someone you resonate with more easily. Remember, this is a collaborative process, and it is your process.