I am experienced working with PTSD, complex PTSD, and sometimes related difficulties, such as chronic personality difficulties, dissociation, and chronic relationship difficulties. I believe trauma work is central to things such as so-called personality disorders and to understanding the fundamental process behind people who have received many mental health diagnoses over time. In my trauma work with people I strive to help them re-access their agency, dignity, and power.
I have helped individuals with various forms of depression throughout my career. In my experience, depression is not one simple thing. It varies from person to person and rarely is a permanent problem only treatable with medication but a sign pointing to other important things - for example, unacknowledged grief and loss, difficulty tolerating anxiety necessary to engage new and potentially fulfilling experiences, or a numbing state that prevents feelings of anger.
I have helped people with eating disorders and related concerns (sub-clinical eating issues, body image concerns) since 2016 and received specialty training during my doctoral internship for the outpatient treatment of eating disorders. Eating disorders are usually complex and elaborate coping mechanisms for other issues, can take time and patience, and any person attempting to work-through one has a brave and worthy task ahead of them. I take pride in joining patients on this journey.
I have worked with PTSD, complex PTSD, and often related concerns (chronic personality and relationship issues, dissociation, experiences of oppression and abuse) throughout my career. I view trauma-work as central to the above mentioned related concerns, to so-called personality disorders, and to understanding the core process behind people who have received several mental health diagnoses over-time. In my trauma-work I strive to help people re-access power, dignity, and confidence.
I have helped people with depression throughout my career. In my experience, depression varies across people, is often treatable (as opposed to untreatable or treatable only with medication) and often serves as a sign for something else - for example, unacknowledged grief and loss, avoidance of anxiety-provoking experiences that might lead to further growth, or a numbing state that prevents anger (a sometimes scary and powerful emotion that can be experienced productively).
Throughout my formal graduate and internship training I received extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, both in a long-term and short-term format. At my prior position as a staff psychologist at University of Iowa, I specialized in providing psychodynamically-oriented supervision to practicum students and psychology interns, as well as both brief and long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Psychoanalysis is the treatment methodology and theory that informs psychodynamic therapy. In addition to what I note in regards to psychodynamic therapy, I engage in ongoing education and the study of psychoanalysis via reading groups, continuing education, and professional organizations (Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychology of the APA). Essential to psychoanalytic study, I have personally been a patient in analysis since 2013.