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Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Denver, CO
Experiencing anxiety can feel all-consuming at times and addressing the symptoms can take a great deal of focus away from where you want it to be. Creating space for yourself in therapy to address the symptoms and explore the causes can not only expand your ability to cope with life stressors but can also transform your relationship to your life.
With all of life’s stressors, it is no surprise that we often look externally to deal with uncomfortable emotions. Exploring how substance use or abuse plays a role in your life can be challenging but also rewarding. In therapy, the goal is to empower you to reflect on its impact in your life, to make changes you want and need to, and to live a life more closely aligned with your goals.
There is no doubt that intimate relationships can be some of the most rewarding, and also the most challenging, of the relationships we engage in. When facing challenges with your partner(s), therapy can be a space to develop better communication skills, discuss deeper needs and desires that we sometimes struggle to recognize, and to improve the experience of the relationship for all partners.
With specialized training in addiction counseling, I can offer clients a space to explore how substances play a role in their life. I have found that though each client is different in how they address the changes they want to make in their substance use, exploring the most meaningful relationships, goals, and hopes with clients has been transformational for them. Meeting clients where they are at and embracing what works for each client is of utmost importance in the services I provide.
Based in attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy (EFT) allows for clients to get to the root of the most challenging issues often faced in relationships and marriages. With training in EFT in general and specific topics applied to EFT (including cultural awareness and healing after a breach of trust or infidelity), I am able to help clients utilize the tools of EFT to create healthy change in the distance-creating aspects of themselves and their relationships.
Whether we are aware of it or not, our relationships with others impact how we view ourselves and the decisions we make. In order to make changes in the areas of our lives that we want to, it often takes a great deal of reflection to understand these systems and influences. With relational therapy, we can explore the influence relationships have on your life and decision-making, as well as how you can utilize those experiences to help create meaningful and desired change.