AREA OF EXPERTISE
FEELING HEALTHY, EMPOWERED AND CONTENT IS POSSIBLE…
How it works...
Psychotherapy, for optimal growth and change, is an active process. As a clinician will meet you as far as you are willing to go. I recognize you are the expert in your life. You ultimately know how to proceed, and creating the right conditions, together, we can help you uncover and explore those profound insights, often long buried for a multitude of reasons.
In our sessions, I will not just sit back silently; my approach to therapy is warm, interactive, experiential, engaging, and respectful of personal values and lifestyles. I use interactive talk therapy and other appropriate techniques such as EMDR. The presenting problems are first alleviated. Profound change and personal growth are then able to take place through understanding and healing of the deeper underlying issues.
In my practice, I work with individuals facing a variety of life challenges and my specialties include:
Depression / Anxiety
Grief / Loss / Bereavement
Effects of Childhood Abuse / Trauma / PTSD
Social anxiety / Self-esteem / Shyness
Dealing with Separation ,Divorce / Co-parentig
Issues related to shame or fear
Challenges related to work including unemployment, and workplace stress
Defining and finding a meaningful livelihood
This is by no means a complete list of the issues I work within individual therapy. Feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions, or wish to make an initial appointment. If we can’t work together for any reason, I will do my best to provide appropriate therapist referrals.
I have days and evenings appointments. I also offer telephone consultation.
EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy treatment that enables individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress from traumatic or difficult life experiences. Numerous controlled studies have shown EMDR to be an effective form of psychotherapy with an increased rate in reduction of symptoms than traditional talk therapy alone. It recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs as an efficacious treatment for PTSD. I
Ifind EMDR to be a powerful, effective and often swift means of helping people overcome the lingering effects of traumatic memories and events. These events may range from a single incident, such as a car crash, to much longer-term trauma, such as childhood abuse.
I utilize EMDR for trauma both as a stand-alone treatment, as well as an adjunctive treatment with longer-term clients. In addition to its more standard form, I use EMDR as a way to help the people I work with calm anxious states, address long-standing negative beliefs, and better integrate their emotional experience.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
'Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.” Danielle Bernock
According to SAMHSA, “trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically and emotionally harmful or threatening, and that have lasting adverse effects on the individual’s physical, social, emotional or spiritual wellbeing.” Trauma is not always physical or sexual violence. Trauma can come from feeling a loss of safety, perceiving threats around you or having a history of one or more adverse childhood events.
Trauma hits people at the deepest level and leaves them trapped and stuck in the emotional re-triggering of the past, which blocks the ability to live fully in the present. It frequently changes the way people see themselves, others and the world.
Trauma-informed care is a collaborative therapeutic philosophy that acknowledges the impact of your life experiences and guides our interactions to promote connection, inspiration, strength and healing.
In my 10 plus year’s experience as a trauma-specialist, I’ve recognized that in order to treat trauma effectively, the emotional aspects of the trauma must be accessed and “activated” in the room and made sense of, which allows a true shifting to start freeing oneself from the past. I work hard to create a safe space where deep emotional processing of the trauma can unfold.
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” Proverb
At the core of our being, we all encounter thoughts that greatly influence our emotions and behaviors. When one experiences depression, the ability to recognize positive thought processes often becomes impaired by sadness and isolation. If you are experiencing feelings of depression and symptoms such as lack of motivation, decrease in energy and pleasurable life activities, anxiety, changes in sleep or appetite, or difficulty concentrating, you are not alone.
In my practice, i utilize a number of strength-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Behavioral Activation (BA) to help you identify triggers and replace maladaptive depressive cycles. I also draw from a variety of proven techniques to guide you towards self-compassion. With a mutual understanding of your goals and respect to the wisdom that you bring to therapy, we will work together to understand the root of depression and move forward.
Embrace Life’s Challenges
One in ten people struggles with high levels of anxiety leading to distress symptoms. Hectic lifestyles, family and relationship problems, health issues, hormonal imbalances, school or friend conflicts, and genetics are just a few of the things that can lead to the development of chronic anxiety.
In my practice, I assist clients to manage and gain mastery over their anxiety symptoms utilizing strength-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindful Practice to collaboratively explore how your thoughts may influence your feelings, which, in turn, influence behaviors. I will help to define tools to implement realistic thought patterns, extinguish harmful behaviors, and peacefully engage in activities that once brought you anxiety. Together, we will work towards developing a sense of awareness of the underlying causes of your worries. I also work with and clients relaxation techniques to self-soothe and reduce anxiety stressors at the moment.
“Smile, Breathe, and Go Slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Throughout psychotherapy sessions with my clients’, I often use mindfulness practices. Meditation or present moment awareness activities help shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life. They can create a sense of calm, acceptance of the moment and feelings that arise, and reduce symptoms.
Being mindful can..
Enhance your capacity to experience the joys of everyday life by becoming fully engaged in the present moment
Strengthen your resilience and capacity to deal with adverse events
Reduce your ruminations about worries of the future or regrets over the past
Decrease habitual and/or addictive responses
Help you to accept your experiences rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance
Improve your ability to slow racing thoughts that lead you to engage in limiting or self-sabotaging thinking and behaviors
Enhance your ability to feel more integrated and act with integrity
“Even the smallest shift in perspective can bring about the greatest healing.” –Joshua Kai