Anya Polito, MA, LMHCA (she/her)
Deciding to seek therapy is often a difficult decision, and I am passionate about making that important decision easier. I always strive to make therapy as welcoming and as comfortable as I can for the people I work with. Often, people have negative views of themselves and their struggles, and I strive to help people see themselves and their concerns from different perspectives so that we can be more compassionate towards ourselves. I am dedicated to working at the right pace to support the changes people want to see in their lives and themselves, without it feeling overwhelming. I value a collaborate approach to therapy, where we work together to set goals and find ways to reach those goals.
I have experience working with people who struggle with diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and OCD, and broader concerns such as interpersonal struggles and coping with a history of feeling invalidated by others. I understand that everyone’s story is unique, and am dedicated to being flexible in my therapy approach so that each therapy session is tailored to your specific situation. I have been trained in exposure and response prevention (ERP) for treating OCD, which is considered the first-line treatment for OCD. Additionally, I incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and feminist therapy to support my clients. I also welcome clients from the LGBTQIA+ community, and am LGBTQIA+ affirming.
I graduated from Ball State University in 2023, where I completed my Master of Arts degree in Counseling. I completed my undergraduate work at Hanover College, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and philosophy. Outside of therapy, I enjoy sewing, painting, sculpting, and doing just about any other art project I can get my hands on! I also love reading novels, especially fantasy and historical fiction. When I’m not working on an art project, I’m often found caring for the many (many!) houseplants that I have been collecting over the years.