I help clients develop a willingness to accept painful thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations so they can live fulfilling lives.
Counselor in Tennessee
As a certified clinical trauma professional level one and two, it is clear that so many more of us experience trauma in our lives than one would imagine. I frequently work with individuals who experience many types of trauma to develop a willingness to accept traumatic thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations so that they can move forward and live a values-guided life.
Often, anxiety shows up when our values do not align with our behaviors. When working collaboratively with you to treat anxiety, we can first implement coping skills to reduce tension and improve relaxation. Then, we can explore your experiences to figure out where the stress is coming from and what we can do to ensure your behaviors demonstrate what is most important to you.
Personally, anger is my favorite emotion, which leaves me with many cross-eyed looks. However, I enjoy working with anger because it is an honest and genuine emotion. We can work together to uncover your source(s) of anger and learn what to do with it so that it does not get in your way any longer.
Psychodynamic Therapy helps uncover feelings that nag us from outside of our awareness. Then, via an exploration of your experience, we can name the emotion to tame the issue.
In my view, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy sits at the center of the counseling continuum. This form of therapy pulls from psychodynamic and humanistic traditions. It essentially helps us to be more willing to accept painful thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without trying to avoid or protect against them. From there, we can figure out what is most important to us and align our behaviors to our values in an experience to find fulfillment.
Humanistic Therapy is often centered on what is most important to you and focuses on achieving that. In other words, when we know where we want to go, we have to figure out how to get there. Therapy can help you achieve just that.
I take a biodyne view of OCD to help you uncover the often unconscious motivations fueling OCD personality dynamics.