Services Offered by Sherri:
Individual Integrative Psychotherapy
Couples Relationship Counseling
Corporate Performance Coaching
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Sherri Rainingbird is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in CT and NY. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and certification from the CT Center for Gestalt Therapy. She earned her BSBA at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.
Sherri is also certified in EMDR II, Gestalt, Hypnosis, Energy Medicine, and Sexual Assault Crisis Support. She is a Master Shamanic Reiki Practitioner.
Sherri offers a solid therapeutic environment of safety, skill, compassion, collaboration, artfulness, respect, humor and success for over 22 years in practice – and is excited to support you!
Sherri Rainingbird, LMFT creatively responds to the individual needs of each client and couple she supports. Sherri blends Eastern Philosophy, yogic wisdom, Western psychology, trauma release techniques, neuroplasticity and brain health, EMDR, Integrative Breath-work, Shamanic Reiki, Gestalt, meditation, manifestation techniques, solution-focused/heart-centered relationship coaching. Sherri was one of the first practitioners in CT to blend traditional western psychology and energy healing in a psychotherapeutic setting.
Sherri honors the individual’s innate ability to gain clarity, transform, heal and thrive when given the correct circumstances, motivation, support and guidance. She approaches the therapeutic relationship as a creative, collaborative, inspiring, and empowering journey unique to each individual and couple. The client’s journey is an inward exploration of honoring one’s experiences, clearing out, shifting perceptions, healing, making new choices, and creating life and wellness consciously.
Sometimes the initial goal is simply to gain relief from the chronic stress and grind of life. Physical symptoms, conflict, stagnation, or just a sense of “being tired of being overwhelmed” may be the catalyst to starting therapy. Sherri helps her client’s set realistic goals, dig-in. and enjoy success in a process that is structured AND organic; as both are essential to transformation, human nature and healthy relationship to self, others, and our communities.
Sherri’s post-graduate work focused on substance use disorder, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, addiction and family recovery, and chronic pain and illness. She also assisted families adopting internationally in assessment, adjustment, and cultural integration. She has worked in treatment facilities, clinics, primary and integrative medical practices and in private practice in CT, NY, NM, and FL.
In both her training and post-graduate work, Sherri saw the impact, cost, limitations, and health risks to individuals, couples, and families who suffer from unresolved trauma, substance abuse, limited communication tools, negative patterns and perceptions, over-extended lives, and poor coping skills. She also saw the ineffectiveness (at best) and reinforcement (at worst) of talk therapy or medication alone in treating trauma, engrained behaviors, and negative perception and fear.
To go deeper and seek solutions for her clients – she embarked on studies and experiences on mind/body/energy practices. Studying and integrating the teachings and practices of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Stanislov Grof, Joan Boryensenko, Brian Weiss, Daniel Amen, Ekhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, Alberto Villoldo, Caroline and Charles Muir and many others. She has participated in indigenous healing ceremony and facilitates transformational retreats and workshops. Sherri has offered EMDR for over a decade with her client’s experiencing long-lasting results.
Having co-facilitated Kripalu’s Inner Quest Intensive for 8 years , Sherri is forever grateful for how this continues to enrich her work with clients and their lives as they practice the tools : authentic communication, holding space, integrative breath work, radical self-compassion, surrender, allowing, opening, and full authentic passionate living.
Viewing PTSD from her knowledge and experience of the ancient and contemporary healing modalities, she intuitively knew the applications of these ways to healing trauma and combusting stagnation. She understands it is an ever-present stimulus activating an energy pattern within the body, firing synapses, fight or flight survival responses all of which accord negative interpretations and projections onto another person, situation, or environment, all of which limits the individual or couple to stay present, clear, open and balanced.
The therapeutic journey is one that can transform energies, combust stagnation and patterning held in the meridians of the body, energy body, and synapses within the brain. She seeks to propel her clients to enjoy long-term results and new possibilities in all areas of their lives.
Sherri had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with Dr. Ellen Lewis, N.D in 2007. The results her clients enjoyed in collaboration with Dr. Lewis were striking. Sherri is honored to join Dr. Lewis and her team – in the model she had found most effective and supportive to optimal wellness, and the model her client’s deserve.
When Sherri is not supporting clients, she can be found hiking, dancing, kayaking, acting, enjoying the arts, spending time with friends and family, building with cobb, traveling and volunteering.
- Couples Counseling: including LGBQT, conscious uncoupling, ethnically diverse open-nest, recovering couples, non-traditional relationships
- Trauma and PTSD
- Shamanic Energy Healing- individuals and couples
- Grief and Loss
- Empowering Women of All Ages