Welcome To Breathing Space Psychotherapy
Is your life going so fast that you don’t have time to breathe?
Have you gotten only so far with talking about it (whatever "it" is?)
Do you feel a niggling sense that there is more out there for you?
More joy? More contentment? More abundance? More peace?
Have you decided you are worth it?
Have you decided that now is the time to take full responsibility for your well-being?
If so, then you are in the right place and we are so glad you have found us!
We get it. We have been there. We at Breathing Space do not do it alone and you don't have to either!
We are here to offer support and guidance as you own your one true life.
We want to walk with you as you dip your toe into the swell of emotion or dive right into the depth of yourself.
We begin where you are and move toward balance through your conscious connection with all levels of yourself. We work with you to gain insight and understanding about your life and offer tools to help you seek balance.
Our aim is to help you get to the underlying belief structures that are causing disturbances in your life. We want you to sink in and listen to your body. To that voice that has been silenced. To the space where YOUR truth lies.
We believe that everyone can heal and thrive in their lives. That means YOU!
We welcome your struggles with body image, prenatal and postpartum issues, grief, anxiety, difficult transitions, mid-life challenges, and trauma.
In addition to insight-oriented talking therapy, we invite you to consider the use of art making, movement, role-playing, writing, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping), and other body-centered modalities in your process of healing.
The therapists at Breathing Space support your journey of self rediscovery and teach you to honor your inner wisdom. May our work together open your heart and ignite your spirit so that you can begin to live your best life!
Meg Tobin, MA, LMHC
Meg offers retreats, workshops, online classes and individual or group psychotherapy to encourage conscious connection on all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. As a trauma-informed therapist, her philosophy is heart-centered and spirit-filled and she provides a safe place for exploration of all feelings and experiences, whatever they may be. Meg begins where you are, with the truth that within each person lies a pure center. It is your whole, unchanging, perfect, divine, connected core just waiting to be remembered and honored. Meg supports your journey of self rediscovery and honors your inner wisdom.
Meg uses art, movement and drama to bring us to our deepest selves. she has worked in a variety of clinical and school settings with adults, adolescents and children around issues of trauma, body image, grief and family violence. She helped to write a dating violence prevention curriculum for juvenile justice involved youth and a bullying prevention program for middle school students.
Meg has presented to human service agencies and at conferences and been a trainer for group facilitators in the areas of eating disorders and grief. Meg has long been involved with theater for change where she co-directed a Syracuse performance of the national play Birth, by Karen Brody and wrote and directed the Reflections Project (educational theater about eating disorders) with a cast who performed throughout Boston, MA, Burlington, VT, New Haven, CT and Central New York.
Meg is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York, having earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In addition to her state license, she holds the following certifications:
- Certified EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique or tapping): International Metaphysical University
- Certified Level 1 in the Trauma Resiliency Model: Trauma Resiliency Institute
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional: International Association of Trauma Professionals
- Completed Sand Tray Play Therapy Training Parts One and Two
Karen Ristoff, MS, LPMHC
Karen has her B.A./Psychology from Columbia College, M.S./Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Oswego, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC. Working in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice and clinic work in downtown Syracuse, has exposed her to many different kinds of experiences within the sanctity of the counseling room. Her main focus is on creating a safe haven filled with unconditional acceptance, so that the client can experience a therapeutic relationship that fosters the process of deep healing, at a pace that is comfortable for them.
As a wellness-focused counseling professional, Karen combines mental health therapy with current wellness modalities as a way of supporting transformation. From there, Karen and the client can collaborate and create truly individualized wellness plans that may subsequently empower the client towards reaching mental health and wellness goals. This integrative approach can create an energy cascade that builds upon itself, supporting sustainable positive changes.
While her work lends itself to all populations, she has a strong focus on working with those struggling with chronic stress, difficult or mid-life transitions, fatigue, and self-care; as well as other mental health challenges, including anxiety, trauma, bereavement, and depression.
I am most passionate about being present with others in a way that allows them to feel safe, hopeful, and inspired, while empowering them to manage the struggles that are part of the fabric of their lives. It is my great honor to be doing this work with the brave souls who reach out for support, and I like to believe that I am a walking, talking example that it is never too late to reach for your life. ~Karen
Certifications in progress:
- Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP), PESI
- Certified EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping), International Metaphysical University
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals
- Karen holds a NYS Limited Permit and is working towards completion of her NYS Licensure hours under the supervision of Meg Tobin, LMHC. Her services are self-pay on a sliding scale.
Sunny Raymond, MA
MA School Counseling / Mental Health Counseling Intern
Sunny Raymond has held a Master's Degree in School Counseling from the Counseling Education program at Syracuse University since 2003. She is currently completing her licensing requirements in Mental Health Counseling as an Intern at The Counseling Collective at Breathing Space. Sunny will be offering groups and individual therapy under the supervision of Meg Tobin, LMHC.
Since earning her 1st Master's Degree 16 years ago, Sunny has worked in the K-12 public school setting primarily working with children between the ages of 11-18 and their families. In her role as a school counselor she has provided mental health support in areas of grief, anxiety/depression, social skills/friendship building, family/adult relationships, emotional regulation, body image/disordered eating, and racial/multicultural issues. Sunny has a wide range of experience working with a variety of young people around issues of Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, LBGTQ, ADHD/ADD, OCD, ODD, Selective Mutism, refugees, and culturally diverse. Because she studied in Mexico and Spain, and worked in Syracuse City Schools, Sunny is proficient in Spanish!
“My goal in working with young people is to help them fill their tool box with resources that will empower them to face life’s challenges with hope and integrity. Through the use of different modalities such as art, movement, talk, and literature my goal is to meet kids where they are and help guide them to where they want to be.” ~ Sunny
We are offering a sliding fee scale for Sunny's sessions as insurance will not reimburse for Interns.
Contact Meg Tobin at 315.288.3900 or email email@example.com to see if Sunny would be a good fit for your child!