My approach to wellness incorporates modern clinical methods as well as natural and traditional concepts of personal and spiritual growth and healing. I don't believe there is any one right way to heal and grow as a person. I believe that each individual has their own unique set of beliefs that can be incorporated into the course of treatment rather than brushed aside solely for evidence-based practices. While I utilize clinical methods on a daily basis with all clients, I strongly believe that each person's unique spiritualism, holistic practices, beliefs, and personal culture can be brought to life in the treatment room in conjunction with clinical tools to create optimal progress and healing.
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More Info About My Practice
I specialize in helping individuals navigate the difficult transitions we all find ourselves in throughout our lives - whether it is relationships, social stress, education or career changes, or personal matters. I specialize in working with LGBTQQIA+ people who may not feel they are getting the ideal support they need to fully feel safe and understood in their own personal journey. I work to support the client in their process as well as helping the families to understand what it means for their child to be gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, ace/aro/gray/, non-binary, etc. and to support them in creating a safe home environment focused on love and celebration.
I also have extensive experience working with individuals who struggle with anxiety and worry and who are experiencing panic attacks, anxiety attacks, or who may be dealing with a pre-existing anxiety disorder. I utilize mindfulness approaches, CBT tools, as well as other evidence based techniques to help each individual identify their triggers, implement tools to manage the experience of being triggered, and come up with future methods to manage the anxiety. My goal is to support clients in regaining control of their lives and mastering their personal relationship with stress and anxiety. Master's degrees in psychology and social work put me in a unique position to be able to help clients identify both emotional and social triggers that may be impacting their ability to manage and cope with unpleasant feelings.
In addition, I work closely with survivors of trauma and abuse to process their experiences and regain mastery of their lives and bodies. I utilize EMDR to help those experiencing PTSD reprocess their histories and regain a sense of peace they may have long lost. EMDR, or eye movement desensitization reprocessing, works to encourage the brain's reprocessing of a traumatic event or experience in a way that allows the client to access that history in a far less distressing and paralyzing way. I have extensive experience in treating trauma in adults, adolescents, and young children. I work closely with the survivor and their non-offending family members to help rebuild control, confidence, support, and a healthy sense of self. I am trained in a modality called CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy) which focuses on rebuilding healthy attachment between parent and child - elements of this modality are essential when helping a young child process their trauma and re-establish a safe connection with a loving caregiver.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I don't believe in disorders as a general rule or the idea of diagnosing for the sake of diagnosing. Life is full of challenges, road bumps, and experiences that may knock us off our horse for a little while and that does not mean that you are disordered, broken, or flawed. I feel that diagnoses, diagnostic codes and criteria are more of a way to categorize the experiences and symptoms that may manifest for someone during a certain life transition, illness, or series of events. Are some people struggling with true challenges that may fall into a category? Absolutely, but that does not have to define you or your treatment. I look at diagnoses or "disorders" as information on how you feel and what is manifesting for you. From there we come up with a plan to help you feel happy, healthy, and whole.
Were you diagnosed with PTSD? OCD? Okay. That's fine. My next question is what does that mean to you and how are you experiencing that label? Are you having panic attacks? Yes? Okay, let's work on managing those with some breathing techniques and reality testing. Are you finding yourself caught in a loop of rituals? Yes? Okay, lets work on identifying and challenging some of the thoughts that may be leading to those rituals. Are you experiencing flashbacks and reliving trauma? Yes? Okay, let's focus on re-establishing a sense of safety and bring you back to the here and now.
A disorder or a diagnosis is just some words next to a number that is telling me how you feel day to day. While they do have their place in the mental health community, I don't believe in their over use at the risk of losing the person to the code. You are a living, breathing person and deserve to be treated like more than a code or a label.