My Approach to Helping
Everyone experiences times in life when issues seem overwhelming. I believe people can do this kind of processing in an environment where they feel complete acceptance and understanding. Many people have felt minimized or ridiculed for their feelings. I provide a safe space to explore all feelings. My ability to put myself in someone else’s shoes allows me to gain a deep affinity with what the individual may be feeling in the moment. Therefore, clients are able to experience a genuine connection in which their feelings are valued.
I understand that the real person is vastly different from what they are when actively addicted. I am able to see the client's strengths at a time when they have little belief in themselves. I can support a client in seeing their potential and how to work toward that.
I also understand the dynamics of co-occurring disorders in addiction. Often, people resort to addictive substances because there are other issues they are trying to medicate, like anxiety, depression, and other issues.
Co-occurring disorders Often, people resort to addictive substances because there are other issues they are trying to medicate, like anxiety, depression, and other issues.
Additionally, there are times when we all need to dig down to some underlying thoughts, feelings, and issues that may be playing a part in your distress. Through gentle inquiry, I am able to assist you in bringing those issues to light.
Education and licensing
I graduated from the Texas State University Masters of Social Work Program. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), which means I have met the requirements for working independently with mental and behavioral health and addictions.
My varied work experience in my career has given me the opportunity to work in several different environments and hone my skills with adults, adolescents, and families. My background includes EAP, therapeutic school, and an in-patient addiction facility.
I work with adults, teens, and families. Those in addiction, family members of those in addiction, and adult children of alcoholics.
I help clients learn to manage depression, anxiety, grief and loss, bipolar and addictions, and much more.
What is my approach?
While I utilize an inclusive approach to treatment, some modalities I draw heavily from are acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, person-centered, post-modern, family systems, and behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapy. While I utilize an inclusive approach to treatment, some modalities maybe I tailor my approach to therapy based on my understanding of what you need.