My Approach to Helping
All of us are wired for connection. We are also wired to heal. Sometimes the hard things of the past and even the present can cause us to feel stuck, shut-down, anxious, alone... and the list can go on. One of my primary goals as your therapist is to tap into the resilience you possess and to walk alongside you thru the hard things. I am passionate about providing a safe and secure space for my clients, free of judgment and agendas so that they can begin to experience connection and joy.
More Info About My Practice
While I work with a number of presenting issues, my areas of clinical focus are trauma (which can include physical, emotional, sexual abuse, witnessing accidents, surviving violent crime or witnessing violent crime, natural disasters, etc.); Substance Use Disorders and Attachment-related issues. I offer both in-office therapy and also offer equine-assisted therapy at a ranch in Franklin. For individuals who have experienced trauma, I have found that being outside, in the presence of horses, can help to regulate the nervous system and make it easier to stay in the present moment. The violating nature of trauma can cause us to feel detached from our bodies, find others as untrustworthy and feel that the original danger isn't over. I am skilled at incorporating treatment modalities that can decrease current distress and allow individuals to process traumatic incidents or experiences.
My Role as a Therapist
Research shows that the most important factor in an individual making improvements during therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. We all have a deep desire to be known and seen. Clients and colleagues have described me as authentic, approachable and compassionate. I value your input throughout the therapeutic process and work with my clients to develop a plan of healing that is individualized to you.