What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives.
- Rupi Kaur
Caleigh Balsamo, LMSW
Supervised by Shelby Solomon LCSW-S
Currently based in Austin, Caleigh is originally a Virginia girl with a heart for New Orleans – the magical city that she previously called home. She graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelors in Social Work in 2017 and continued on to receive her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in 2018. She is currently supervised by Shelby Solomon, LCSW. Previously, Caleigh worked for a public health organization providing trauma-informed services to the New Orleans community – an invaluable experience deepening her passion for this field. Through a trauma-sensitive lens, Caleigh is most passionate about working with individuals experiencing grief and loss, anxiety and depression, trauma and PTSD, relational difficulties, and life transitions.
Outside of the therapy space, as a self-proclaimed foodie and curious explorer, Caleigh spends her free time trying new things and making her mark on the Austin food scene. To stay grounded, she enjoys practicing yoga, spending time in nature, and of course – attempting to create masterpieces in her own kitchen.
Have you been struggling to feel connected – both to yourself and others? Maybe the weight of your world has left you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or even numb. Navigating these challenges can seem daunting and you might not even really know where to start. The good news is… you’ve made it here and I would love to help. As someone who is constantly amazed and inspired by human capacity, I believe that with time, patience, and attention we are able to witness the healing of even our deepest wounds. So, let's be curious together because sometimes the most challenging pieces of our story simply need to be acknowledged before they can be understood.
How I Work
My primary goal as a therapist is to create an environment that welcomes safety, authenticity, and vulnerability. As we create a strong therapeutic relationship, you will always be met with warmth, humor, and an empathetic ear. Whether you are looking to process grief, overcome traumatic experiences, manage stress, or simply develop healthier habits, the therapeutic space will always be tailored to your specific needs. With the use of trauma-informed, mindfulness-based strategies, you will increase your capacity to manage difficult emotions, remain regulated through challenging circumstances, and feel more in control of your life.
With me, therapy is an adventure. As you take the lead, I will join as a confidant and partner, offering support as you face challenges with openness and curiosity. Through narrative, strength-based approaches, I will encourage you to see beauty in the parts of your story that have gone unexplored. You will find new ways to make meaning and understand yourself more deeply and compassionately. Like most adventures, while uncertainty can be scary, it often leads to wonderful discovery if you simply trust the process.
As someone who is constantly amazed and inspired by human capacity, I believe that with time, patience, and attention we are able to witness the healing of even our deepest wounds.
What made you decide to become a counselor?
Working with a counselor helped transform my life when I was younger, she helped me to recognize my strengths, hold my pain with compassion and grace, and to never give up on myself. Through this experience, I realized that I too wanted to be that for others and to continue to expose myself to the beautiful complexities of human existence.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
Patience – for the self and for others
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
Yes, I’ve learned that even the toughest heart needs a space to fall apart. That I can only be my best for others when I am actively showing up for myself.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
The body keeps the score – Bessel Van Der Kolk
What inspires you to help others?
Witnessing the courage it takes for individuals to acknowledge their deepest wounds and the privilege I experience being able to be a part of their healing journey.
Who is your ideal client?
Individuals dealing with grief and loss, anxiety and depression, and life transitions. I enjoy working with clients who are eager to show up for themselves, who see growth as possible, and are open to facing pain and discomfort with compassion.
How do you personally practice self-care?
Yoga and meditation, plenty of time outdoors, a good Netflix binge, and engaging in my own therapeutic journey
Your favorite quote
"What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives." - Rupi Kaur
If you’re hosting a dinner party. Who are the 3 people, living or dead, who you would invite and why?
Michelle Obama, Adele, and my mom who passed away when I was young. This table would be full of laughter, wisdom, and maybe even a performance or two.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? Give an example of how you incorporate it in your sessions.
As someone who often gets trapped in the future “to-do”s and the past “what-if’s”, I relate to mindfulness in that it helps to access the here and now, in any moment. Mindfulness creates space for appreciation, for the acknowledgment of one’s current experiences with compassion and curiosity. With clients, I often utilize mindfulness to ease stress, to calm the nervous system, and to help them gain a sense of clarity through connection with the self and their surroundings.