Hello! I'm Adriana, and I'm so glad you're here. You are welcome to read about how I do therapy and contact me with any questions. Be well.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Frisco, TX
Supervised by Amera Sergie, MA, LPC-S, CHST
Talk therapy is great. But sometimes, there are things underneath the surface that we may not even be aware of yet. Engaging in art by drawing, coloring, collaging, journaling, or writing can bring to surface thoughts or feelings we've been avoiding or not understanding. It can feel weird at first - a grown person with crayons and construction paper in hand - but it can also feel completely freeing if you give it a chance.
I operate out of the existential framework, which means I believe that all humans are born to live out their potential and create their authentic selves. You have purpose and there is meaning to your life - it's all up to you. You have this amazing responsibility to yourself to be good and loving and kind. I can help you get there by helping you identify your values, goals, strengths, as well as your barriers and challenges. You get to decide what it means to be alive.
When overwhelming, scary, or incredibly stressful events occur in your life, your brain cannot always process it smoothly like any ordinary event. The event becomes a "stuck" memory where you have triggers such as uncomfortable body sensations, disturbing mental images, or negative beliefs about yourself or the world. EMDR can help you process those memories to smooth them out and reduce or eliminate all of the yucky stuff attached to them. EMDR can be intense yet worthwhile for your healing.
We go through transitions at pivotal times in our life. Transitions occur when you graduate high school, when you start your career, when you get engaged/married, when you lose a loved one. These transitions can bring up unexpected anxiety, feelings of overwhelm and confusion, you may feel pressure to succeed or be perfect, and even experience isolation. I am here to help you walk through these transitions with grace, self-love, and confidence.
Trauma is something we all carry - whether it's big T or little T, it sucks. But you don't have to be alone and it doesn't have to be that heavy anymore. Through gentle yet challenging perspective shifts, focusing on your strengths, and reprocessing unhealed memories, you can live a safer and healthier life.
You deserve healthy and fulfilling relationships with people who truly care for you and respect you. Sadly, that's not always what you have. In therapy, you can explore the unhealthy and even abusive behaviors that have occurred in your life. We can process codependency and trauma bonds. You can learn what healthy love looks like and feels like, and grow those loving relationships.