Feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed and have racing thoughts? I help people overcome these feelings and make sense of their lives.
Counselor in Lone Tree, CO
I've worked with many individuals who are struggling in their relationships and have helped them negotiate their feelings and create boundaries that foster change in the relationship that they want to see and accomplish. Relationships make our lives whole and meaningful, with the right help we can create lasting, loving, respectful connections with others. From a relational standpoint, the strong bonds we have with each other benefits our own mental health.
I have a long history working with clients who have experienced different types of trauma. Being trained in EMDR, and using it for the last 5 years to help people, I have a strong knowledge of PTSD and how it effects our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. There are many types of situations that can cause PTSD from a car accident, to sexual assault, to life long verbal, sexual or physical abuse. I also worked serving victims of violent crime and almost all of my clients presented with PTSD.
Much of my passion lays in helping people who have experienced abuse reclaim their lives, feel fulfilled, and regain a positive outlook on the experiences that are yet to come. I have helped people who have suffered from incest, verbal, physical, mental, financial and sexual abuse process what they have been through and learn how to overcome the trauma that comes with abuse. I've also lead women's groups dealing specifically with abuse and seen how abuse can lead to substance use and addiction.
I have been trained to use EMDR for 5 years now, and enjoy using this modality as it fits hand in hand with trauma treatment that most clients come to see me for. EMDR is well researched and has positive outcomes for many different diagnosis. Clients report that they enjoy using the coping skills that are built into EMDR and that after they have done the protocol once, they know what to expect.
I am an expert in humanistic therapy because my experience has taught me that a therapist is never the expert on your problem or situation, you are. Humanistic therapy supports this and states that you and I together can work to come up with resources that you feel are going to be helpful for you and that you have the power to heal yourself and become whole. You are not your diagnosis- there is much more to you than that, and you are in charge of how you change.
Trauma therapy takes into account what a person has experienced and how that continues to shape the patterns of their behavior. Trauma therapy encompasses everything that I strive to be- inclusive, sensitive, honest, and while it is hard work it is very rewarding. Being mindful of triggers that are explicit or implicit is also important, as well as verbiage when speaking about trauma. Trauma is never a client's fault and the brain can heal and happiness can return to your life.