When seeking to better your mental and emotional well-being, you should find someone with professional knowledge, yet can personally relate.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Domestic violence and/or IPV is an issue that is dear to my heart as I'm a product of an abusive household. I have served survivors for 6 years. I have provided individual and group counseling services around this issue. Prevention is key, therefore I will continue to be an advocate for this issue. Additionally, I will continue empowering women to foster healthy relationships using practical strategies as well as evidenced based strategies.
Working with survivors of IPV as well as substance abuse, I've been able to strengthen my skills related to self-esteem. I've facilitated numerous self-esteem support groups to assist clients in challenging irrational thoughts that impact the way one thinks and feels about themselves using cognitive behavioral therapy and other practical strategies. With dedication to the process of change and an increase in self-awareness, I'm confident in my ability to help one to increase their self-esteem.
Anxiety and depression are common issues amongst the population I serve. My career experience has provided me an opportunity to work with various issues, despite the primary issue (s) one may initially present in counseling. Therefore, I have been privileged to assist clients in gaining an understanding of their feelings related to anxiety/depression, identify triggers and enhance skills to self-regulate in a healthy manner for both anxiety and depression.
CBT is a form of therapy that requires you to be intentional in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. In my opinion, self-awareness is a key component in this form of therapy as an individual must be able to be mindfully aware of their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors to assist others in this process. My ability to practice core skills of CBT personally and professionally influence my expertise.
Understanding the difference between healthy and unhealthy communication coupled with an understanding of domestic violence influences my expertise in this area. I've worked with clients individually as well as in a group setting to teach skills pertaining to good vs bad communication, conflict resolution, communication styles, boundaries and a host of other topics that influence the exchange of communication.
Understanding the needs of the client is what is most important and that he/she is the expert on his/her life is what influences my confidence in person centered therapy. Additionally, my ability to acknowledge and demonstrate unconditional positive regard while each client is sitting in the chair and/or couch with various life experiences guiding their thoughts, feelings and behaviors.