My Approach to Helping
I have over 27 years of experience in the field. I am a Supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC), who specializes in treating mental health and chemical dependency issues. While I consider myself a generalist, in that I work with a variety of mental health and addiction issues, I also have clinical areas of specialization in grief, trauma, and the treatment of PTSD. In 2002, I completed the level II training for EMDR, a specific therapeutic technique used to assist clients in resolving traumatic experiences. I place importance on helping clients gain an understanding of the impact traumatic events have on clients' present day functioning without continuing to allow these experiences to define our personhoodlife legacy with a large focus on celebrating one's resilience. Other foci of my work with clients includes examining different kinds of dysfunctional attachments with others with the hopes of adjusting interactions toward healthier ways of relating to others, and skill development of sensory modulationgrounding techniques to decrease emotional dysregulation. For the last 21 years, I worked at Compdrug as a counselor providing individual and group therapy services to clients on Medicated Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence. I also served as a clinical supervisor for professionals seeking their independent counselor license.