Hi! I am here to support you on your journey to living your best life. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. Remember, anything is possible!
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL
Alcohol is one of the most destructive drugs to individuals, couples, families and society. Whether you are looking to cut down or completely stop drinking I am here to support you. No matter how much you drink or how often you drink, I am here to support your goals...without judgment. With a personal and family history, I am aware of the life sucking results it can have on your life. There is no time like the present to take that first step!
I offer a DBT informed approach (not strictly DBT as I pull from other modalities when appropriate) as to me it is the most all encompassing therapy I have come across. It helps teach life skills such as mindfulness practice, radical acceptance, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation. All such skills can help with most mental health challenges and addictive tendencies.
With a passion for helping those with addictions, I continually stay up to date with the best practices in addiction counseling. Oftentimes there is a reason for people's addiction, and so I not only work on helping clients change their current behaviors, but also on the underlying reasons and past trauma. As with other mental health challenges, I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, helping clients to offer themselves compassion and acceptance that is needed for persistent change
With years of personal practice, I have first had experience of the variety of mental and physical benefits of mindfulness practice. Additionally, I have completed Jon Kabat-Zins 8 week training program, Search Inside Yourself mindfulness and leadership course together with various mindful schools trainings including mindful communication & mindfulness of emotions. I currently have a daily meditation practice and am excited to be completing my first 10 day silent meditation retreat in July.
Navigating the world of sexual & gender identity, and sexual orientation can be challenging, especially in a society where there is a strong binary representation & over simplification of sex, gender & orientation. I offer a safe non-judgmental space for you to explore all aspects of your sexual, gender identity & orientation. There are unique challenges that arise being in the LGBTQIA+ community and no matter where you are in your own process, I am here to offer you compassionate guidance.
Unlike other "addictions," I believe it is in many ways harder with food or eating issues, as you have to eat to survive. I offer an intuitive eating approach to give you tools to listen to your body, while at the same time we address the underlying trauma or reasons for the emotional eating. In addition, we will work together to build your repertoire of stress reduction skills. With self-compassion, self-love, persistence and a little support, you can be free from emotional eating for good!
I offer a compassionate yet practical approach to reducing or eliminating your alcohol use. I believe alcohol is one of the most damaging drugs around & if you want to stop or reduce your intake, then you are one of the smart ones! It is crazy to me that oftentimes people are judged as "having a problem" or being "abnormal" if they don't drink. If you are ready to stop or reduce alcohol, you are in the right place and I look forward to helping you finally become free of the chains of alcohol.