Professional Athlete, Veteran, Romanian, Husband and Father: trained in Systemic therapy (we don't operate in a vacuum!), & Trauma-focused
Student Therapist in Phoenix, AZ
Supervised by Russell Yost, LPC, LMFT
Intrusive memories, nightmares, disassociation, panic, rage, numbing out with substances, and living in a fog. Working together we help our body to feel safe in the present rather than reliving past events, along with processing through the effects together. There are multiple trauma-focused models of therapy, and together we will figure out which method works the best for you: whether that is improving family-attachment, utilizing IFS, AEDP, or EMDR.
With over twenty-years as a professional athlete and training in Sports Psychology, I have an unique ability to recognize blocks and knowing how to overcome them. Outside of sports, this skill is prevalent in every area of life: in a career, moving to a new state, perfectionism and performance, struggling with low self-esteem or self-doubt, or difficulty committing to healthy habits.
Abuse takes on many faces outside of the physical violence many of us first think of. Regardless of the way it manifests, the outcomes are often very similar: low self-worth, fear and anxiety, lack of security, feelings of being stuck, and debilitating negative beliefs about ourselves ("I am not enough", "I can never trust anyone again", "I should have done something different", "I deserve it", "I am not lovable").
We do not operate in a vacuum -- our work, socioeconomic background, race and ethnicity, faith, and relationships all effect our mental and emotional well-being. In our work together, we may find the need to bring in important relationships into treatment as healthy relationships will inevitably effect our "individual" health.
This model of therapy helps us to overcome defenses (such as avoiding through escapism, perfectionism, shame, humor, or unwillingness to commit to a partner) in order to respond authentically to our past and present. This is an emotionally-focused approach to the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a host of other struggles.
The field of psychology has grown over the years to acknowledge the far-reaching effects of trauma on mental health. We now recognize that trauma has hundreds of faces, and very few make it through life without some form of traumatizing experience. Trauma sticks with us, with the intention of keeping us safe ("If I forget, it will happen again"). However, this belief interferes with our ability to see situations for what they are, rather than through the lens of the painful experience..
As a professional athlete for nearly twenty-years, and a counterterroism officer in the Romanian Intelligence Service, I have a long history in the field of Sports and Performance Psychology. Outside of sports, this applies to various areas of life: within your career, adjusting to a move, instilling positive habits that you've had a difficult time maintaining, or in areas of performance anxiety.