My Approach to Helping
Trauma is not just the big, obvious events that happen to us. It is also the small, but pervasive, experiences that teach us about who we are, where we belong, and what we deserve. The way that we coped with these experiences in the past may be wreaking havoc in the present.
I utilize EMDR, IFS parts work, and other techniques to allow clients to gain an awareness of their past experiences and what they are still carrying with them into the present. This often involves going back to their childhood and family of origin. My hope is to get to the root of my client’s issues and strengthen their empathy for self. I find that it becomes easier for clients to make behavioral and relational changes and build the life they want once they feel that they are worthy and deserving.
I understand that just the thought of coming to therapy can be daunting, which is why I aim to move at a pace that makes my clients feel safe and supported. I also see value in doing positive work that focuses on strengthening what’s good and celebrating what has improved.
Before becoming a therapist, I spent five years working with children on an inpatient psychiatric unit. It was there that I was able to experience the healing power of connection, and begin seeing the world through a trauma-informed lens. I completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Arizona University and worked as an intern therapist at Psychological Counseling Services.