I am a counselor in Tyler, TX who works with pre-teens to adults. I have a passion for working with eating disorders and trauma.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tyler, TX
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in your own skin? This is a topic often normalized in today's society by creating a "fix it" mentality. If we are experiencing something emotionally, sometimes our bodies are what are focused on. Maybe you have been told or have thought "If I could just fix my body, everything else would be okay." I am here to help validate your emotions and also provide a space for a different narrative to exist. I believe in leaning into this inner narrative with compassion
Often times we may experience something in childhood, growing up, within our family system, or as an adult that we are not truly able to process in a healthy and safe environment. Maybe you were never told that what happened wasn't okay. Maybe you have always been a caretaker of others and have never had a chance to stop and process your own emotions, thoughts, and experiences. I am here to sit with you in these moments of processing. I believe you and your story/stories.
I believe there are a lot of misconceptions about eating disorders in today's society. Have you ever struggled with thoughts about food, weight, your reflection, being around large groups of people of different body types, or been scrutinized or judged for how you look? I am here to help debunk today's diet culture mentality of "less is more." I work from a framework that all bodies are good bodies. I am interested in creating skills to help you support and love your body and mind as one unit.
In working with individuals, I am an avid believer that individuals are heavily influenced by their particular family units, whether that be communication styles, emotional identification, or relationships with particular family members. My goal as a counselor is to explore how past experiences in the family unit are currently influencing an individual and their level of functioning/processing.
In utilizing this therapeutic model, I focus on looking at how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are tied together. Within this model, I incorporate different activities to address one area at a time to help better understand how an individual may have developed certain patterns of thinking or behaving. I believe each individual's thought pattern is unique to their own core beliefs, experiences, and interactions with those around them.
By incorporating this model into therapy, I focus on a client's values. Sometimes the way we may be acting or thinking does not align with what we truly value. In using ACT skills, I try to help clients create a space for their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to be acknowledged without judgment and to lean into identifying how helpful they may be in adding to or unhelpful they may in taking away from value-based living.