You are the expert on your experience, and I would be honored to support you. I offered goal-focused, client-centered, trauma-informed care
Clinical Social Worker in Stamford, CT
I have spent the last 5 years serving kids, adolescents, and adults who have suffered trauma, and am trained in TF-CBT to assist kids and adolescents, and EMDR. I am passionate about serving individuals with PTSD, and have tools to help such clients regain control over the feelings and body so they can start trusting what their brain is telling them again, to help them sleep better, and to help take the heat off of blocked thoughts and traumatic memories, so that clients can be in control.
Adolescents find themselves in the difficult and conflicted stage of development where their brain is pulling them in opposite directions: - find out who you truly are, as top priority - be 100% true to who you are, as top priority - find a group of friends who accept you, as top priority It's impossible to pursue three different "top priorities" and not get frustrated. I enjoy supporting clients in this stage. Not only do I have experience working with adolescents, I used to BE ONE!
I pursued a career as a therapist specifically to work with children and adults who had suffered trauma. My first area of interest was serving those who had suffered trauma of a sexual nature. This kind of abuse is about power: the power of the perpetrator taking away or suppressing the power of the victim. I am proud to empower survivors to rediscover their power, and their voice, both in my practice, and in my day job as Director of Counseling for a sexual assault crisis resource agency.
I believe that one size does not fit all when it comes to therapy. I will tailor my approach to your specific strengths and needs. I can promise that every approach will be trauma-informed, centered around the idea that you are the expert in your experience, and designed to help get you to your stated goals. Beyond that, I will strive to be effective, regardless of what one might call the way we go about it.
I have devoted my studies and my career to this point to the study of trauma and the varied ways it impacts our lives. At a certain point, all of my clients who have suffered trauma have expressed a common struggle: I'm not always sure I can trust my brain; sometimes it tells me I'm in danger when I'm not, or that I'm being attacked when I'm not, and it's exhausting. My goal is to give you the tools to soothe the trauma impulse response, so that you may be able to trust your brain again.
I am trained in EMDR, and am able to provide it remotely through teletherapy. In EMDR, the belief is that it is the client's own brain that is reprocessing memories that are stored in ways that are not helpful to who you are now. It speaks to the power within all of us, which is something I believe in wholeheartedly. Our brain remembers things that keep us alive, and defaults to those methods when we feel threatened again. EMDR helps to shed the methods that we don't need anymore.