My Approach to Helping
I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor who has worked in the field for the past 15 years. My social work experience has enabled me to treat clients from a variety of social and economic backgrounds with mental health challenges. I have sharpened my skills in clinical settings that include residential substance abuse programs, family service agencies, crisis clinics, and legal justice settings. My hope is to use my experiences and skills to help individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse issues find new coping skills to improve the quality of their lives. My approach is a combination of both behavioral and psychodynamic techniques. I combine elements of short-term behavioral therapies (DBT and CBT) to address problematic behaviors. The first goal is to help the client identify a specific set of coping skills to empower them to make desired changes. Once a new behavior pattern is learned and internalized, we turn our attention to finding an explanation for why old behavior patterns developed and how they served the individual. I believe behavioral changes must be coupled with deeper psychodynamic understanding for an individual to achieve lasting change.