Stress greatly impacts mental health and often overwhelms one's ability to function in daily life. I utilize TEAM-CBT, a short-term structured approach to help clients navigate a specific upsetting event and provide them with tools and methods they can use to shift their mood and cultivate a joyous life.
Traumatic events, PTSD, grief and/or loss, childhood attachment and/or intergenerational trauma, abuse or neglect can hold us back in living our best life. My approach is deeply empathic and rooted in trauma-informed care. Through attunement, active listening and validating, I work to create the essential safety and trust that can facilitate healing.
Oftentimes when we do not grow up with healthy conflict resolution skills in our family of origin, we find conflicts challenging. I invite clients to explore relationship issues in a way that helps them gain insight into themselves and their needs. I resource my clients with adequate boundary setting and teach Five Secrets of Effective Communication to help them cultivate closeness.
To decide to build a life together is beautiful. Exploring their relationship in premarital counseling resources the couple with effective communication and conflict resolution skills to lay a deeper foundation necessary to withstand the rocky terrain of marriage. Greater vulnerability also enhances emotional and physical intimacy.
End of a relationship can be confusing, deeply painful, even heart wrenching. This pain can be more complex if there are children involved. Navigating end of a relationship oftentimes becomes an opportunity for incredible growth as we explore feelings of grief, uncover insights into unmet attachment needs, and develop strategies to begin letting go and moving forward.
Two happy homes are always better for children than a single unhappy one. Helping co-parents structure a parenting plan to ensure kids' best interests is vital. Children are also silently grieving the loss of what once was. Helping them thrive during their formative years such that parents' divorce doesn't become a trauma for them means kind and effective co-parenting counseling.
In my work with individuals, I utilize the structured approach from David Burns’ TEAM-CBT to help clients explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and the direct connection between them. T (Testing) E (Empathy) A (Agenda Setting) M (Method) - CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an evidence based short term therapy that effectively helps clients with mood issues (anxiety or depression), habits or relationship issues. The valuable insight gained in our individual work together helps clients become aware of the underlying core self-defeating beliefs and associated negative thoughts that contribute to anxiety and depression. In our work together we can begin to shift out of the negative, self-defeating thoughts into a fair and balanced space, replacing them with true, more helpful and self-affirming thoughts. The checks and balances in this structured approach assures that the new thoughts are something the client believes. This shift brings about not only a huge reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression but also has a positive impact on relationships.
I am eclectic in my approach with individuals as no size fits all. We are each unique. My stance is open, inviting, and curious. Attachment Theory, Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy inform my work with clients. I draw from Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Object Relationships Theory, while utilizing the healing properties of art and sand tray as well as somatic body sensations to deepen the expression of where words fall short. I strive to understand my clients, constantly gauging how they are responding to treatment. I solicit feedback regularly to ensure my clients feel seen, heard, and understood. Everything in session is in support of client's goals to ensure therapy continues to stay on track.
We live in a world that moves very fast. To keep up, we tend to tax our minds, hearts, spirits, and bodies harshly. We do not realize this until something breaks and someone tells us to call a therapist. I invite my clients into a non-judgmental and compassionate exploration of their inner world and the barriers they may have built inside of themselves. Process and / or Outcome resistance can be difficult to work in therapy as we are skilled at "yes but..." In order to be effective in meeting goals in therapy clients are advised that there is a homework component to our work together. Reading and writing are deeply powerful in helping us shift our narrative and rewiring our brains into health. Clients who engage in regular work meet their goals faster, reduce their stress and experience improved overall well-being.