I've worked for several years within an Intensive Outpatient (IOP)/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); here I have worked closely with both passive, chronic suicidality, as well as acutely active risk. Suicidal thoughts/ideation (SI) are a unique challenge, but do offer opportunities to further explore one's experiences and the meaning s/he makes out of them. It is a particular joy to see someone emerge from such darkness to rejoin and enjoy an abundant life.
While some clinicians tend to believe in the fixed nature of personality disorders, and are limited by their negative views of working with these clients, my clinical experience directly contradicts this. I have had the honor of working with some of the loveliest individuals suffering with disorders such as BPD. I have also found that CPTSD underlies many common diagnoses, and thus attention is paid to trauma and insecure attachment histories when treating those symptoms.
My work with clients with PTSD, Complex-PTSD, and Developmental trauma is rooted in creating a sense of safety within a nurturing relationship. Trauma can disrupt every aspect of an individual's life, including mind, body and spirit; I work closely with clients to support trauma integration, somatic healing, and exploration of existential values. I utilize a psychodynamic/relational orientation while employing interventions such as Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing.
As one of the most common presenting issues I see in practice, a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder is assigned when a person's ability to cope with a new stressor overwhelms their resources. Distinct from "big-T" trauma, AD can result from even positive stressors (e.g. a new baby, new job, etc). Together we will build resiliency and coping skills to return you to healthy functioning.