My Approach to Helping
When overwhelmed, many reach for ways to cope with distress. Sadly, that seemingly helpful behavior may become an addiction causing even more distress than ever before. Overcoming an addiction to substances, technology, or the like, doesn’t have to be done alone. For many, after the addiction is managed, the distress of the original problem remains, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental health symptoms. I believe that the journey to recovery doesn’t stop when addictive behaviors cease, but rather in a holistic approach that addresses the issues that led to the consequences of addiction.
I completed my residency training at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, receiving unparalleled experience in assessment and treatment of addiction and other mental health diagnoses. I utilize a blend of therapy approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), humanistic, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solution focused, and motivational interviewing to tailor therapy to the unique needs of the individual.
As with any illness, clearly identifying the problem is paramount for treatment success. As a psychologist, I am trained in both assessing and treating mental health diagnoses. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health issues, there is hope for recovery. Please schedule an initial appointment to take the next step towards pinnacle mental health.
More Info About My Practice
As a credentialed psychologist by the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PsyPact), I am able to provide virtual therapy to individuals in 26 states (with several other states being added soon). This has been helpful for many such as college students, those who travel frequently, individuals who live in areas with long waitlists for therapists, military members, and those who live in the Southwest during the winter-spring months. Please visit https:psypact.site-ym.compagepsypactmap to see if you live in a participating state.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I approach addictive and compulsive behaviors from a holistically perspective. The consequences caused by these behaviors cause pain in many areas of life such as relationship distress, family conflict, occupational and financial struggles, legal problems, physical health concerns, low self-esteem, guilt, and many other unwanted consequences. Throughout my career as a psychologist, I have seen many people struggle in early recovery from addiction, as treatment was too narrowly focused on "just being sober," without addressing the wreckage of the past. My treatment approach is to support the person I am working beside in all the areas that are causing distress, which I believe leads to the best outcome in therapy- being happy, joyous, and free.
My Role as a Therapist
My philosophy as a therapist is that the patient is always behind the wheel, controlling where we go and how fast we get there. My job is to keep us safely on the journey, checking for blind spots along the way.
When I meet with a patient I truly believe there are two experts in the session. The person coming in for treatment is the world renowned expert on themselves, while I provide expertise in the assessment and treatment of the problems the person is presenting. I trust that the person I?m working beside will guide treatment in a way that is best for them. I use a values based approach with each patient, first seeking to understand their own individual, cultural, and spiritual values, and then collaborate with them on specific goals that both honor their values and help lead them to their pinnacle mental health.