Licensed Professional Counselor
Substance Abuse Counseling - In Trainin
There is no such thing as normal or perfect. We live in a world that is messy, unpredictable, and complicated. Sometimes we are the thing that complicates life, and other times we are merely caught up in the chaos. All we can do is our best with what we have, at any given moment.
It is that belief, that we are all doing the best we can, that I try to lead with in my interactions with others. Whether we are looking at the past and choices that we have made, reflecting on the impact of choices others have made, or simply trying to navigate current situations and present choices. I believe that learning skills to manage the big emotions that we experience can help us slow down to look at the entire picture, and consider all possibilities before we react. That by slowing down and being curious about the emotions we are facing, can provide important information about ourselves and how we view our world. We can't change what we aren't taking time to notice.
My training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy has helped me understand that by learning and using skills, we can continuously develop ourselves and our abilities to manage our lives. I also take a cognitive behavioral approach by looking at the way we think, feel, and behave are interconnected, and by looking deeper at where those thoughts came from and by challenging them, we can come to a place of acceptance and change.
I work with clients from the age of 14 and up helping them manage anxiety, depression, substance use, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and trauma. My approach is unique to each client's needs and where they are in their journey towards healing. I use a variety of modalities that include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma informed care. I love to learn, and am constantly improving myself and my knowledge through courses and independent reading.