I help people with trauma and anxiety find relief from overwhelming emotions and learn practical tools to feel better.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO
Grief is layered and uncomfortable. Grief comes from many places - death, relationship loss or divorce, moving or career change, empty-nesting, and more. I help clients get through the discomfort and understand how to pay attention, honor, and recover from loss. I worked with a counselor closely to cope with death, divorce, and loss of a business. I have been eternally grateful for the space my counselor offered to honor and acknowledge my loss and make new meaning for new circumstances.
Trauma can hijack the brain and cause a person to feel irritable, jumpy, nervous, anxious, unsettled, feel as if they are reliving the event, cause nightmares, and more. Sometimes a person might not understand the source of their agitation and feeling as if there world is crumbling around them. I have worked directly with clients after severe traumatic experiences regain control of their emotions and their lives. I love teaching clients why these tools work and watch them learn.
Ever feel a looming sense of dread, as if something bad is about to happen? Do your thoughts go down the rabbit hole with "what if..." and the what ifs are all the ways things can go wrong? Do you find that new situations cause you to feel shaky and nervous? I teach clients how they can overcome anxiety by teaching clients practical ways calm and soothe their nervous system. DBT and EMDR have specific interventions that have proven to be highly effective.
The main goals of psychodynamic therapy are to enhance the client’s self-awareness and improve understanding of the client’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in relation to their past experiences, especially his or her experiences as a child. Psychodynamic therapists attempt to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self.
Anyone can learn these easy to learn tools that help reduce anxiety, worry, and so much more. I started teaching these skills in 2009 and in the last 12 years have been privileged to observe people’s relief and even delight that these simple tricks work. People regain control over emotions, improve communication, teach practical skills, and help people see new possibilities.
I was a skeptic when my own counselor suggested EMDR many years ago. I spent years resisting and kept doing my on again off again approach to therapy. I certainly understood how I got in my own way after completing counseling program and working in the field. When I finally stopped avoiding this approach that kept being brought up, I use my DBT skills to be nonjudgmental of myself or have critical thoughts like “what took you so long. That was amazing.” And the science of it fits!