I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of clinical experience. I offer a free phone consultation to prospective clients.
Clinical Social Worker in The Woodlands, TX
I enjoy working with adolescents on many issues, especially anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, and perfectionism. Teenagers have so much to sort through on their path to adulthood; sometimes it is useful to have a nonjudgemental space to get our bearings. I see a lot of high achievers and teens struggling with feeling "not good enough" in spite of their many accomplishments. We work on nurturing our unique and inherent worth. Support and education for parents of teens also provided!
I am a committed ally. It is vital to me as a person and clinician to maintain a practice that is open, affirming and embracing of the LGBTQIA+ community. Sometimes sexual orientation and gender orientation are at the heart of the therapeutic work I do with clients, such as coming out support or transitioning work; other times queerness is not central to the "therapeutic issue". Either way I strive to create an environment that is open, curious, accepting and ever-evolving.
I have been treating eating disorders since 2016, a relatively new area for me, but one that has become a big part of my practice. I treat Anorexia and Bulimia mostly, and also Binge eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I also work with subclinical disordered eating patterns and body image distress. Typically, I work alongside dieticians to provide the wraparound support needed for healthy recovery. Acceptance and commitmentment therapy and EMDR are primary modalities.
ACT is a practical and useful modality for treating eating disorders, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression, and many other types of issues. Often in life we find ourselves reacting emotionally rather than acting mindfully. The focus of ACT is on clarifying and utilizing values to direct actions, while practicing flexibility and self compassion to accept all of our feelings and thoughts, even the distressing ones.
I am fully trained in EMDR and currently pursuing certification. EMDR is an evidence-based method for treating trauma, as well as other therapeutic issues such as anxiety, phobia and depression. I have used EMDR in my work with survivors of sexual trauma and as a component of eating disorder treatment. EMDR offers a kind of holistic treatment-- emotional, physical and cognitive healing.
Attachment theory focuses on the central importance of human connections. Connection is a basic human need. The extent to which that need is fulfilled in childhood and throughout the lifespan has lasting consequences on our relationships to self and others. The truth is we all have complicated attachment histories. Therapy is an opportunity to unpack and possibly repair our attachment wounds in a safe and nurturing environment.