My Approach to Helping
I provide online wellbeing and resilience services for people in caregiver roles through skills training or mental health therapy. My services are meant for a range of paid or unpaid caregivers. I specialize in caregivers supporting children or grown ups who have developmental disabilities. Following your needs, I provide you with a combination of restorative support and skill development, so that you can be more resilient as a professional or loved one.
I am a mindfulness and self-compassion oriented mental health therapist. My primary background areas of training, work, and expertise are in mental health, developmental disabilities, mindfulness, and compassion.
I am also a caregiver and have worked for many years in various caregiver roles. I know firsthand the caregiver experience, how significant the work is, and the mental health struggles that come with it. I have lived and practiced mindfulness and self-compassion, to bring the best quality of care that I can to supporting people as a caregiver.
These are some of my main sources that influence how I practice and what I have a lot of experience helping others use to fulfill their therapy goals and develop their wellbeing and resilience skills:
-Mindfulness (based on my decade of teaching mindfulness, and the caregiver’s individual interests and needs)
“Mindfulness is a natural part of being human, can be easily accessed, and can greatly improve one’s quality of life. Mindfulness can be key to resilience, especially in the face of personally challenging work, like caregiving.”https:mykindnesstherapy.commindfulness
-Self-Compassion (based on the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook)
“Research shows that self-compassion is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to create health and happiness. Self-compassion motivates us to achieve our goals, cope with adversity, take responsibility for our actions, and care for others in a sustainable way.” https:self-compassion.org
-Emotion Regulation (based on an adaptation of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy designed for people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers)
“The Skills System is a user-friendly set of emotion regulation skills, designed to help people of various ages and abilities, manage emotions. Learning how to regulate emotions enables us to be present in the moment and be more effective–even in stressful situations.” https:skillssystem.com
-Character Strengths (training based on the VIA Institute Character Strengths assessment and resources)
“If we are conscious of our own strengths, we are more likely to recognize strengths in others, leading to more harmonious relationships which are especially needed during these challenging times.” https:www.viacharacter.org