My Approach to Helping
Are you experiencing anger, anxiety, fear, shame, or sadness? Do you feel shut down, numb, reactive, or overwhelmed? Often, current problems in living such as anxiety, depression, behavioral or relational struggles have unperceived roots in the past that effect how you relate to yourself and others now. My name is Cynthia Morris and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I like to cultivate a safe relational space in order to facilitate and work for healing and hope in the lives of people who have or are experiencing difficulties in living, trauma, or harm. I have had the privilege of working with a culturally diverse group of people and like working with individuals, teens, families, and groups.
I specifically like to engage in the stories of your life. In order to further prepare for engaging you in your stories, I have trained in Trauma Focused Narrative Therapy. This kind of work is experiential and backed by neuroscience research in its effectiveness. It works in the "now" along with "awareness" of current body experiences. The process of bringing mind and body together produces increased freedom and wholeness for living.
More Info About My Practice
Additionally, many people I see, through no fault of their own, have not learned healthy emotional or relational skills since it was never modeled to them or because trauma or harm has impacted them. Because of this, I like to integrate and work in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). DBT Skills Training is psychoeducational in that it teaches effective interpersonal relationship skills, emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance skills and mindfulness skills. When these skills are practiced and applied to your life, you experience increased competence, confidence, respect, and hope for your life and future.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
You may feel therapy is a sign of weakness, that you're flawed or maybe you don't want to feel unplesant emotions and thoughts. Imagine this though, whatever you avoid is still impacting your life whether you know it or not. In addition, many come from homes where the underlying messages were don't talk or feel. For these reasons, it can take a great deal of courage to take that first step. Research has shown that those who seek therapy enjoy greater mental health. I can testify in my own life that therapy gave me a whole new way of thinking and being that I would not trade. Therapy is a new begining for everyone!