Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a focus in social justice and advocacy in counseling.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Redlands, CA
Codependency is a systemic issue that takes hold families and can hold you and loved ones back from success. People often find themselves alone or hopping from relationship to relationship trying to please others ; spending money, time, energy and exerting ourselves and resources to keep a person in our lives. However, there are ways to help create new patterns of healthy functioning relationships.
Alcohol and most any abuse or dependence is a family addiction that often takes place in ways that we often don't identify until too late. I have years of experience working in the recovery field and love working with families that have been affected by substance use and abuse.
As a naturally anxious person I can understand the feeling of wanting to crawl out of your skin, crying, and having anxiety attacks. It can be embarrassing, energy zapping, and can hold you back from living the life you want. I believe anxiety is often driven by irrational beliefs that our brain runs with. This can often be worked on by identifying triggers, identifying the core beliefs, and challenging the cognitive distortions
I have been using DBT elements for several years now and find it to be an effective way to treat depression. I often recommend for my clients that have struggled with depression for many years to try this approach. I recommend a workbook so that clients can track and see their own positive change while using the interventions.
I believe that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective and easy to learn and implement approach that can bring about tremendous change for the client. I have seen that CBT paired with compassion and person centered approaches can be effective for self esteem, codependency, depression and anxiety.
I at the core we all have strengths that we all have strengths that have helped us face life's challenges. I use humanistic approaches such as person centered therapy focusing on unconditional positive regard and empathy. I use this approach as an overarching style that is constantly integrated into sessions. I believe that using this approach is effective, warm and kind, and provides a safe space for change.