My View of Therapy
Therapy is not meant only for those who have experienced a life-altering or traumatic experience. Anyone and everyone can benefit from identifying changes they want to make and working through the barriers that have prevented them from making those changes alone. We are not born knowing how to cope with every unique circumstance we may encounter throughout our life but we are able to learn how to overcome obstacles. As humans, we have the capacity for perpetual growth and healing. Simply having a therapist that you can trust can allow you to explore that growth and be the best version of yourself. Becoming more aware of what is making you feel anxious, sad, angry, or frustrated on a deeper level creates an opportunity to decide how to manage these feelings and/or act to alleviate them. We can take control of how powerful emotions like guilt and shame shape our lives.
I am a firm believer that YOU are the expert of your own experience. It is not my place to tell you what to do or make judgements about choices you make. My role is to guide you in finding your best path to achieve the goals that you identify. My goal in any therapeutic relationship is to be a source of support and someone that you can trust and confide in so that you feel comfortable with exploring aspects of your life that may be uncharted territory. Be prepared to be challenged. We grow when we are pushed outside of our comfort zones. Being vulnerable and exploring deeper within yourself when typically, we tend to avoid or distract, takes time and dedication.
Methods and Modalities
I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, Suicide Assessment and Treatment, Exposure Therapy, Post-traumatic Growth, Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Nightmare Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Moral Injury, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Military Sexual Trauma, and LGBTQ+ topics.
I am a General EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is an innovative therapy that uses eye movements to help process traumatic events, anxiety, and negative beliefs about yourself. Eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation seem to activate your problem solving process, something that happens during REM sleep when your eyes are darting back and forth. By focusing on a specific problem, and both its negative and positive emotions, sensations, and beliefs, then adding bilateral stimulation, your brain begins problem solving. Since you are focused on the specific problem, your brain is able to work through it more effectively than if it randomly comes up while you are sleeping.