My Approach to Helping
In my counseling approach I use an eclectic approach, tailored to the individual and to address the holistic needs of the individual. My approaches can draw from Gestalt therapy, Mindfulness, CBT, Systems theory, Psychoanalytic therapy, Existential therapy, trauma informed theories, in addition to strength based approaches and motivational interviewing. I’m also known to use bits of humor as well. My training largely comes from a medical model via Palliative care (not to be confused with Hospice care), which is a medical specialty that looks to put chronic illness and treatment in the lens of considering the whole patient. Palliative care teams are comprised of both medical physicians as well as social workers, counselors and chaplains (of the client’s faith) to focus on the holistic care of a patient- physical, mental and spiritual. It is from this training and approach that I have modeled my clinical approach, considering the holistic person.
More Info About My Practice
My research and training center around bioethics, palliative care and clinical mental health with complex and terminal pediatric, neonatal patients, families, couples, and clinicians. I am also a certified bereavement doula through Stillbirthday and a certified hospice companion from Reiki Awakening Academy.
I have presented research and given a number of talks in bioethics, patient advocacy and clinical mental health including: Innovating Digital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Medical CenterUniversity of Cincinnati, June, 2020, Don't be afraid of Dr. Google and my friend on Facebook, Born a Hero- Rare Disease Talks, Seattle, WA Seattle Children’s Hospital, January, 2018, What faces Gastroschisis Survivors; Myth vs Fact North Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference Durham, NC, February, 2017, Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder- Fact or Fiction? A review of the literature. Because We Care Workshop, Brenners Children’s Hospital, Winston Salem, NC, September, 2015, The Art of Mindfulness and Self Care, Fourth Annual Conference on Religion and Medicine , Cambridge, MA, March 2015, Miracle Language in the NICU, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities San Diego, CA. October 2014, Pediatric Surgical Innovations, and, Complicating Features of Organ Donation in Pediatrics and Neonatology.