Rebecca Layton, LLMSW
License # 6851117036
My focus is on working with women, non-binary and LGBTQ+ individuals, especially those in the helping professions and educational fields, with special emphasis on Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Life Transitions, Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues and Infertility.
In my work with teens and young adults, I have a background and focus in ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and School Issues. I have extensive experience in working with creating and implementing IEP/504 plans as well as helping create supports for daily life. I also offer in person and online sessions for students who are attending college in Michigan. As a heavily transitional time, having support through this time can make the experience into a more positive and safe experience.
Additionally, I enjoy working with couples to improve communication, build trust, create better balance in the mental load and work to build a more solid foundation.
In working with others, I use a mix of Mindfulness, Trauma Informed, Feminist and CBT with a heavy emphasis on Strengths Based Therapy. I’m LGBT Allied, body positivity focused and emphasize empowerment of the individual.
My journey towards working with others has been winding. I graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in psychology and sociology but without a clear next step. A few years later, I went back to get my degrees in secondary education and history. For the past almost two decades, I taught both in Maryland and Michigan. This has granted me an inside look at the compassion fatigue that many of those in the caring professions carry with them. Teaching has also provided years of experience creating relationships and helping teens negotiate paths to becoming a healthier version of themselves.
Similarly to many of you, the pandemic created an opportunity for me to re-evaluate my choices and while teaching gave me great joy, I knew it was time to step out of that comfort zone and move towards something new. Exploring new paths can be intimidating but it is also exciting as I am seeing my own growth and progression towards my goals, some even unexpected, along the way. This is what I hope to provide for each of my clients as we work together: a place where it is safe to be both vulnerable and brave as you work towards healing and towards your own goals. My professional mission is to help each person determine their goals and needs, then build on their strengths to reach them. This is never a linear process but it is a process by which I can provide an open, safe, authentic and judgment free environment for us to work together.