Healing is more than just fixing what's not working; it's about living an engaged life that feels meaningful and purposeful for you.
Psychologist in Gainesville, FL
I have received formal training and supervision in ACT, and have been practicing using ACT throughout my career. Additionally, I have a strong background in mindfulness, both personally and professionally. I have had a personal practice for over a decade, including formal trainings and retreats. I have integrated ACT and mindfulness into individual and group therapy, conducted trainings on ACT, and have also conducted research around the use of mindfulness and compassion in therapy.
I completed levels 1 and 2 EMDR trainings through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program and completed all of the required instructional and consultation hours to become a qualified EMDR therapist. I have been integrating EMDR into my work with clients for the past 5 years.
Prior to my career as a counselor, I practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida for 7 years. With that background
Prior to my career as a counselor, I practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida for 7 years. Since beginning my career in counseling I have received training and supervision in a range of somatic-based therapies and have consistently brought awareness of the body into my work with clients.
I draw from cognitive, somatic, and positive psychological approaches when working with anxiety. We will focus first on strategies to help you feel more in control of your present symptoms and struggles. We can then turn to working with underlying concerns to help you feel confident that real change is happening.
When working with trauma I pull from EMDR, somatic approaches, and parts work. A primary goal of the work is to reduce shame and self-judgments, and for you to feel like you can understand and provide compassion to yourself. Through those processes, trauma can be transformed and your experience of yourself and those around you naturally reshaped.
I want to be happy; I want to feel better; I want to feel good about myself. Many people come in with these goals but feel hopeless about finding a path toward them. I hold a specialization in positive psychology, and a focus on esteem, worth, and meaning is deeply embedded in all of my work. I work with many people who are struggling to feel good about themselves or their lives and hoping for better.