Life does not have to be this hard, and I want to help.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pleasant Grove, UT
Your anxiety wants to keep you safe, but it ends up keeping you hostage. Your anxiety might say "you shouldn't have said that, be careful, you're way too much, what if something bad happens, your partner is rethinking the relationship!" While we need some anxiety in order to survive, I use CBT among other modalities to help give you the tools to take back your life from the bully that anxiety can be.
Even though the threat is gone, we may be left with lingering symptoms. Cognitive dissonance is when you "know" something, but don't "feel" it. For example, "I know I have value just like everyone else, but I don't feel like I do." Trauma is the message you take from an experience. EMDR has an 80% success with PTSD and helps change the message you take from that experience to something more adaptive. If you want to heal past experience and change unhealthy patterns of behavior, I can help!
Relationship issues are the worst! It can be hard when one of your greatest sources of happiness is also one of the most painful. I use attachment-based therapy to help you better understand the way you and your partner form relationships. When communication falters, so does your connection. Learning about yourselves and about what makes relationships healthy and strong can help you and your partner cultivate the relationship you so desperately want!
We live in a society that is constantly normalizing us to what we are "supposed to be" and what we are "supposed to feel". Much of the distress someone feels is their interpretation of an experience and labeling it as good or bad. When we do this, we go into fight, flight, or freeze. Acceptance and Commitment therapy can help you accept the good, the bad, and the ugly, lean into anxiety, and commit to living a life in line with your values.
EMDR has an 80% success rate with PTSD. Trauma can be big moments or small painful moments that have occurred over and over again. Both are painful and both leave lasting effects on a person. Trauma is the message a person takes from an experience such as "I am not safe" or "I am not worthy of love". EMDR helps reprocess painful experiences so that the message is one that is more adaptive for that person.
Our perception is reality. The way we perceive a situation, FEELS completely real and we will respond based on that perception. However, not all of our perceptions our helpful or accurate. CBT can help a person distinguish the difference between helpful and unhelpful thoughts so that they don't need to suffer unnecessarily.