My Approach to Helping
Counseling is an opportunity to explore concerns in your life in a safe and accepting environment. Sometimes internal struggles can weigh us down and interfere with enjoying life as we should.
My passion to help people comes not only from my education and work experience, but also my life experiences.
Having an alliance with your therapist has been shown to improve outcomes in numerous studies throughout the years. This is something I believe in and I have been able to make a natural connection with most clients who enter treatment.
Through a collaborative relationship, we can explore the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This will provide insight into how negative thought patterns play a role in your current problems and help us develop the best strategies to combat them.
The mind is a powerful thing, and through a process of developing and understanding yourself, you can learn to control it.
More Info About My Practice
TR Counseling & Wellness is a private practice conveniently located off the Merritt Parkway in a private location in Woodbridge CT. TR Counseling & Wellness currently staffs two masters level licensed therapists with experience treating adolescents, young adults, and adults presenting with a variety of problems ranging from drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, impulsive behavior, defiance, self-harm, trauma, and family problems. Taking the first step is sometimes the hardest, but the therapists at TR Counseling & Wellness understand that and will provide an non-judgmental atmosphere, taking the time to understand your issues as you see them. If you're ready, so are we, and our goal is to help you overcome your problems and improve your quality of life.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Most problems people present with were brought on as a result of multiple risk factors that made them more susceptible to acquiring the issue.
Addiction: Biological, environmental, and social risk factors play a significant role in leading a person to addiction. Once the addiction "highjacks" the brain it becomes nearly impossible for the person to stop, in spite of the negative consequences. Counseling will help the brain heal, replacing trigger thoughts and the desire to use with more realistic thoughts and healthy behaviors. The key is to stop using, and then underlying issues, if any, will emerge and can be dealt with.
Trauma: There are big traumas and little traumas, and most of us have experienced one kind or another. The problem with trauma is the brain can not process it at the time of the event, so it stays stuck there with the same thoughts, feelings and images. This can drastically change the way we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. I use a combination of EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy to help desensitize the events and reprocess the events so they are more tolerable. This, in turn, helps to decrease your current symptoms.
Couples/marital problems: Sometimes couples let things get too far before they realize they are stuck in a place where arguing and bickering is all that seems to happen. Couples counseling teaches the couple how to let go of resentments, learn better communication patterns, and resolve issues on their own.