Therapist providing insight-oriented psychotherapy in individual and group settings to address your experiences and needs.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Richardson, TX
I have experience in inpatient and outpatient settings working with broad Dissociative Disorders. Most of my experience is with Dissociative Identity Disorder helping either newly diagnosed clients or clients that have been diagnosed for a longer time. I also have experience working with Depersonalization/Derealization and helping clients reconnect with their bodies and emotions.
I am experienced working with PTSD, Complex PTSD, and the effects it has on interpersonal relationships and one's personality. I find that trauma is at the root of many diagnoses and sheds light on ways in which one can re-conceptualize the struggles they go through. I work to increase one's ability to find more agency and strength in their self to handle the symptoms that arise.
One of the areas of speciality is working with men whom have had difficulty reconciling their views of masculinity with the weight of emotional problems. In this, we work to help the client express emotions more freely to release pain while also discussing what this does to their definition of masculinity.
Through my readings I began utilizing Internal Family Systems in my work with trauma clients. The theory speaks of externalizing symptoms, ways of thinking, patterns of behaving into particular modes or states. Central to each individual is the concept of Self-a wise, calm state of being that is able to think and see clearly. In assessing Self and these different modes, I help clients to see the context of each of their symptoms and to not be flooded by any particular emotion.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is at the root of psychodynamic therapy. Looking to help clients bring the unconscious into conscious awareness, it appreciates the impact one's history has on their present symptoms and development as an individual. Psychoanalytic therapy is often longer-term version of psychodynamic therapy that utilizes the nuances of the relationship to inform one's treatment.
Through my training I have received supervision and guidance in psychodynamic therapy, often times a briefer version of psychoanalytic therapy. Similarly to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, I participate in ongoing continuing education and case consultation to learn more about working with clients through this framework.
Using the science of attachment research as the bedrock, I seek to learn more about the ways in which we have inevitably come to respond to others and the world due to the ways we related to caregivers while young. From there, I work with the patient to come to a secure attachment within themselves and with others.