Due to licensing rules, I can only work with New York State clients! I offer both video counseling & in-person sessions.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Buffalo, NY
I have experience with both facilitating an Anger Management Group at my clinic & also have treated people with Anger Issues on an individual basis. When it comes to anger, I think it's important for a therapist to be able to remain calm, to understand that anger many times comes from past trauma and to be able to work on Distress Tolerance & Deep Breathing/Grounding Work with clients.
I identify as a "Wounded Healer." I was diagnosed with Bipolar One Disorder in my teenage years. My experiences within the mental health field led me to choose to become a counselor. I have a tremendous amount of empathy and compassion for those who have mood disorders. I understand the importance of regularly checking in with a therapist when managing one's ups and downs. I utilize Social and Interpersonal Rhythms, Strength-Based and Solution Focused techniques when treating bipolar disorder.
Domestic Violence is unfortunately very common. It has its own psychological effects and patterns. If you are a Survivor of DV, it's crucial that your therapist not blame you for the abuse. It's imperative that your counselor be able to Safety Plan with you and to support you in your choices. As someone who specializes in treating victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence, I honor my clients' narratives and respect that they know their situation better than anyone else does.
CBT can be very helpful for examining anxious/depressive thoughts and seeing if the way one is viewing the situation is causing one to feel worse than need be. Many folks express cognitive distortions in their speech. It's my job to be able to gently point out where one's thinking might not be aligned with other realities/perspectives. CBT has been backed up by numerous scientific studies. I would argue that it is the most popular counseling modality of today and with good reason.
I love utilizing Solution Focused techniques because the basic premise is that YOU as the client already HAVE the solution. Together we will explore what has worked for you in the past, what has not worked, we'll brainstorm new ideas and we'll get results.
Being able to work through anger with clients requires an understanding of trauma. I find that anger is usually just the "tip of the iceberg." There is usually a lot of other pain (sadness, fear, rejection, not having had one's needs met) underneath the anger outbursts/anger turned inside in the form of depression. I am willing to listen & to offer compassion. I'm also willing to help clients learn how to do the body work- Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Grounding, Deep Breath Work...