I think it’s very important that I bring my genuine, honest self to this work, and I appreciate the opportunity to try and connect with you.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vancouver, WA
My clinical background is in trauma treatment so I tend to view therapy through the lens of trauma versus that of a specific mental health "disorder". I've come to believe that a good majority of diagnoses are actually someone trying to navigate traumatic experiences, and we will work on finding ways to better navigate traumatic experiences, and eventually, create an opportunity for the individual to reframe their own trauma narrative in a way focused on growth and evolution.
While acknowledging the biological components of depression, I believe that depression is often contextual, as well. As such, I tend to work with folks to try and identify the things/people in their lives that are contributing to behaviors/thoughts typically associated with depression. It is my belief that our goal is to identify the things that make/can make an individual an asset to their community, and then identify supports who promote the individual's growth in those areas.
I have battled anxiety for as long as I can remember and it has been helpful for me to recognize that the goal is not to get rid of my anxiety, but to change my relationship with it. While anxiety does not define me, it is an ongoing challenge I face every day, and I love connecting with other people who face similar challenges. The goal is to consistently figure out ways to make myself bigger, while subsequently making my anxiety smaller; assisting others in doing the same is a great gift.