“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
Attachment Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
To get to the root cause of long-held patterns and beliefs, we must dig deep. My training in depth-work and psychodynamic approaches helps me understand how the impacts of childhood relationships, early attachments and experiences shape my clients’ reality and current relationship concerns. Psychotherapy is not a quick-fix and requires long-term commitment to untying the knots of our beliefs, defenses, and attachment patterns.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT can help us become more aware of our faulty thoughts (cognitive distortions), emotions, and behaviors so that we can live more openly and adaptively. I use it to help my clients create a more intentional relationship between what they desire and what they do. CBT is most commonly used with depression, anxiety disorders, panic and obsessive thoughts. CBT is the cornerstone of my group work.
Recently I completed training at Indiana University in Cognitive Processing (CP), which uses the socratic method to process traumatic events and “stuck thinking” patterns.
EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.
Hakomi and Somatic Therapy
To complement my work in EMDR and mindfulness, I have attended 50+ hours of training in Hakomi and somatic experiencing. What does somatic therapy look like? It is a practice of noticing subtle cues/sensations in the body and connecting it with the mind, so the two work in tandem to bring full awareness to our experience. Trauma processing can happen in the mind as well as the body, allowing clients to fully integrate past experiences.
Holistic Counseling to Diverse Faiths and Cultures
My interest, education and personal involvement with a variety of faiths and cultures has led to my culturally sensitive work. I honor my clients’ beliefs as we collaborate to heal the mind, body, and spirit.
I strongly believe in the benefits of feeling heard, understood and supported by a group. That’s why I offer group therapy in addition to individual therapy. Although a group setting may sound intimidating at first, I go to great lengths to create a safe/ non-judgmental environment for sharing to occur.
The next 10-week program is starting soon! Tame Your Thoughts is a program designed to reduce your worry, anxiety and depression by understanding and managing your thoughts. Check out the flyer below and contact me today.