Hi there! I’m Holly I am a cycle breaking millennial therapist who understands the power of relationships.
Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA
My professional career has centered around trauma treatment. I have volunteered as a sexual assault advocate, worked along side law enforcement responding to community members in crises, and I have provided therapy to children and adults struggling with symptoms of PTSD. The breadth of my experience has equipped me with the ability to fully be present for those I work with in a way that honors the profound impact of their suffering.
Many of the individuals I worked with who were diagnosed with PTSD often struggled with symptoms of depression and anxiety as well. Through this experience I have had the opportunity to learn techniques from various treatment models to improve symptoms. Above all, I strive to tailor my approach to the unique needs of the individuals I work with. Everyone experiences symptoms of depression differently.
As someone who struggles with anxiety and as a professional trained in how to manage symptoms, I am very equipped to support others who also suffer from symptoms of anxiety. As a professional, my personal experience makes me more conscious of how I show up as a therapist to avoid triggering the anxiety of individuals I work with. I work to incorporate compassion and nonjudgement into my approach. The last thing I want is for those I serve to walk away feeling more anxious.
I incorporate Somatic Therapy techniques in my approach by working with individuals in learning how to connect with their internal experiences to get to the root of the driving source of their symptoms. Developing body awareness can be incredibly useful when choosing effective coping strategies.
My clinical program and many of the mental health agencies I have worked for provided me with extensive training in CBT. The training I have received has focused on using CBT to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I find the most useful concept in CBT is the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are all connected. CBT techniques can be used to restructure thought patterns, change habits, or manage feelings of overwhelm.
My practice is primarily centered around concepts from Psychodynamic Therapy. Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on how one relates to their world along with the experiences that informed the relationship. That is why I spend quite a bit of time exploring early childhood experiences, internal and behavioral responses to experiences, and the impact of experiences on core beliefs.