My Approach to Helping
Do you ever feel like there's an instruction book to life that everyone got but you? Does it seem like everyone else "has it all together" and you're just trying to fake your way through life? Not a good feeling, is it?
Believe it or not, you're not alone, and you're not as bad as you think. You've learned ways to think and feel about yourself that made sense in the past, but they aren't working so well now.
I specialize in helping my clients identify their unhelpful ways of thinking and feeling so they can choose to think and feel differently about themselves and improve their self-esteem. I also help clients to process traumatic experiences, both "big T" traumas (like combat, sexual and physical assaults, and car accidents), and "little T" traumas (like negative interactions that lead to a poor self-image).
Contact me today so I can help you to understand why you shouldn't believe everything you think!
More Info About My Practice
In addition to individual therapy, I lead a counseling group for adults who grew up in families in which the emphasis was upon meeting the parents' needs rather than the children's needs. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help clients to process traumas and other emotional difficulties. I also offer an ear acupuncture treatment that supports recovery from alcoholism and other chemical addictions. Visit Amazon dot com or BarnesandNoble dot com to buy a copy of my book, "Me Time: Finding the Balance Between Taking Care of Others and Taking Care of Yourself," available in print, Kindle, Nook, and all other major e-book formats.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am particularly skilled at helping clients identify and change their negative self-talk so that they can develop a more balanced and realistic picture of themselves. Many of my clients are their own worst critics. Their negative self-talk started a long time ago, and now it's automatic. This doesn't mean, though, that it can't be changed; research has shown that over time we can "re-wire" our brains so that we think more positively. Imagine how different your life could be if you were kinder to yourself! I also help them to reprocess traumatic memories to remove their negative emotional charge.
I am a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), which means I have special training in helping clients to overcome addictions to alcohol and other drugs. If you're struggling with addiction, I can help you to find the motivation and the means to break the cycle. I am also an Auricular Detoxification Specialist (ADS), which means that I offer my alcoholic and chemically addicted clients an ear acupuncture treatment that helps to lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It also helps with depression and anxiety and is very relaxing. And I am an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) trained EMDR therapist.