My Approach to Helping
My approach to counseling includes a client-centered approach establishing a strong working relationship. There are no "one-size-fits-all approaches" to address all problems with all individuals. As a result, I use a variety of approaches working with clients to meet their goals. I seek to understand the impact of a client's life-experiences, family history, personality, values, etc. on their development and relationships with others. I can work with individuals who have ambivalence about making changes & gain insight into problematic behaviors.
Depression; anxiety; grief; relationship strengthening & resolution of challenges; life-transitions; sexuality & gender-identity expression (LGBT) exploration & development; careervocational counseling; family-of-origin issues; trauma & the impact of trauma on current functioning; women's issues; spirituality; self-esteem; training & supervision; Animal-Assisted Therapy; Emotion-Focused Couples therapy; & EMDR.
Although my beloved therapy dog passed away last year, the use of dogs in therapy has been a unique aspect of my clinical work. It is well-known that animals help lower blood pressure, regulate heart-rate, and reduce stress in general. All of these factors are helpful in the therapy process.
More Info About My Practice
Whether it is individual therapy, couples therapy or group therapy, Dr. Clark works collaboratively with clients to identify meaningful therapeutic goals. Using a variety of theories to help inform her approach, Dr. Clark can help clients examine their lives to better understand how they fit within their environment and how they got where they are presently.
Dr. Clark is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of clinical experience. Prior to relocating to Arizona, she was a Staff Psychologist and an Associate DirectorDirector of Training for the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. These experiences helped her develop into a generalist with a multitude of clinical interests and specialty areas. She greatly enjoyed working with people to help develop their life goals, learn adaptable coping skills, explore their strengths and growth edges.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Trauma, anxiety, relational issues, developmental issues LGBTQ and a wide variety of unexpected life events
I am EMDR Certified through EMDRIA
I am presently involved in intensive training in Internal Family Systems (IFS)
I have had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples through AZEFT and International Center of Excellence for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
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