My Approach to Helping
I am a counselor at Fort Worth Counseling & Intervention focusing on clients with addiction, mood disorders and emotional regulation. Knowing from an early age that I wanted to connect with people, a career in counseling became a must. I was born and grew up in Belgium and moved to the states as a pre-teen, which was a tough transition at times. I quickly discovered my love for connecting with others was no different on the other side of the world. This strengthened my belief that cultural background, race, sex, age, etc does not make a difference in our suffering but that there is hope for each one of us. It is my belief that the difficulties that we face stem from our inner dialogue and extreme responses in acknowledgment to triggering situations. It is my goal to help the client explore such thoughts and reactions by developing coping skills and new ways of thinking in order for the client to feel more at ease and happier in life. I previously had the privilege of leading groups for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, as well as emotional disregulation issues, and have discovered an appreciation for walking through such a challenging time with the client. It is my hope to do the same for you.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have a passion for helping those struggling with emotional regulation. I have experience working with clients, with a variety of diagnoses, who have trouble understanding the reason for their emotional reactions or recognize that their reactions may not match the situation. Using my knowledge of DBT training and CBT and mindfulness techniques, it is my goal to help the client get to a more comfortable place.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I enjoy walking with clients through difficult experiences and aiding them to find inner peace and personal happiness in their goals. Starting therapy can be one of the most difficult things a human can experience, it is my goal to walk alongside the client and hold space for their pain, their joy, their failures and their achievements. I hope I have the privilege to do the same for you.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
So often we hear words like "shrink", "looney bin" and my least favorite "crazy". While most people use such words with the intent of being humorous, it stigmatizes going to therapy and recognizing areas that one may need to work on. Going to therapy does not mean you are weak or flawed, it actually means you are strong enough to recognize that there may be an issue and are willing to figure out what may need to be done.