From me to You
I am a therapist who values research based therapy. We should be doing work together that has support for its effectiveness. I am also a realist- I know that the number one indicator for YOU getting better is that you feel comfortable with and actually like ME. This is why having a little contact on the phone, via email or even just through text can help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
I began in this field about 20 years ago in the Air Force, which lead me to clinical social work. Through out my style has remained unchanged. I like humor. I like reminding my clients of the basics (breathe, challenge that thought, don't text back). Most of all, I have held firm to the idea that you can get better- however, you HAVE to take therapy out of the session. The real work is what you do with what we have processed, what skills we have practiced, all those new insights and perspectives need to be brought out into your everyday life.
Past Focused Therapy
Past trauma can affect us in many different ways; from nightmares & hyper-vigilance to isolating and intense fear of everyday life. Therapy focused on the past can help change the emotional connection you have to what has happened.
Past focused work should be done with intention and proper preparation. We will need to be sure you are safe and secure at home and have skills to calm yourself before ever dipping our toes into the past. Mindfulness and learning skills to regulate the nervous system are an important part of this work.
Present Focused Therapy
Feeling anxious in social situations, about your health, finances..family? Are you struggling to make it through the day with a lack of energy or motivation? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the gold standard for working through anxiety and depression. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is another option that can assist if you are experiencing intense emotional swings. The first step? Learning there is a cognitive component to our emotional experiences and we can change that inner narrative with consistency.
Unsure about your career, family planning or how to stay on track after engaging in past or present focused work? To work on the future we must first look at any natural cycles you might go through. There is a lot to be gained from understanding your own personal ups and down with energy and motivation. We would also explore how certain behaviors and actions affect you and determine whether to let them go or increase them if they improve your mood. This can help us uncover helpful and not so help associations. After making a plan to jump over barriers and work through set backs you will be well on your way to changing the way to operate in your daily life.
Important Considerations: Video based therapy is not for everyone
Please contact the nearest emergency room, 911 or 988 if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self harm.