My Approach to Helping
I help survivors of both complex and single-incident trauma. Depending on our interpretation of experienced traumatic events, we are likely to feel ashamed, powerless, misunderstood, broken, and isolated. We try to numb our pain with substances, eating disorders, self-harm, or super-achieving. I rely on my strong background in mindfulness meditation, EMDR Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Attachment-Based Therapy to treat symptoms of PTSD and the effects of trauma and to help clients reconnect with themselves and their loved ones.
More Info About My Practice
I work with individuals and couples who want to:
-Work to gain a better understanding of their behavior
-Learn to manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors more effectively
-Treat addiction (substances, eating disorders, sex) and other self-harm behaviors
-Obtain tools for managing and treating anxiety and depression
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Most of us have a hard time asking for help. We live in a culture that encourages us to measure our worth (and others') by how busy and stressed out we are. One of our strongest cultural values as North Americans is "taking care of business on our own," a "do it yourself" mentality. In fact, research shows that one of the top five barriers to seeking treatment is social stigma. (We have so much trouble asking for help that researchers are conducting multiple studies on it!)
Going to therapy doesn't make you weak or flawed. It makes you committed to change for the better. (And actually, it makes you a rebel since asking for help is so against the grain!) It makes you unwilling to be a victim of whatever's troubling you. It keeps you from being someone to whom "life just happens."
If you are looking around these sites, it probably means you're tired of living the way you've been living and are ready to make a change. That shows hope, courage, and resilience. Allowing ourselves to ask for and receive help is a trait associated with a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset are more adept at managing life's challenges and hardships. When you're better at managing challenge and hardships, you don't have to play it so safe, make your work small, and contract into or against the discomfort. You can take risks and try new things because you know you're ok whether you succeed or fail.
You've made it this far. Find out how much better life can get for you with some new skills.