Trauma is any experience that overwhelms our ability to cope. Bessel Van Der Kolk states "trauma is not the story of something that happened back then...it's the current imprint of that pain, horror, and fear living inside of people." Trauma can change the wiring of our brains and hijack our nervous systems. Trauma therapy, like EMDR, helps us to separate the past from the present and regulate our nervous systems so we can function in the world with a felt sense of safety.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear – it's an normal reaction to change or a stressful event. For some, anxiety can move from occasional worry to panic attacks, phobias, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Anxiety can show up in our physical body as fatigue, muscle tension, shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations, or sleep disturbances just to name a few. Therapy can assist in reducing your symptoms by helping you identify triggers and implement new coping skills through the use of mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Depression can cause feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and emptiness. There can be many different causes of depression including life experiences, genetics, brain chemistry, hormonal imbalances, drug and alcohol misuse or medical conditions. Depression can present itself as fatigue, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in activities, overeating or loss of appetite. Through cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, and/or mindfulness techniques we can explore together the factors contributing to your depression and begin to walk towards hope and healing.
Grief & Loss
Grief is not a mental health disorder, it's a normal response to a loss. Grief is typically associated with the death of a loved one, however, grief can also occur as a result of a divorce/breakup, job loss, retirement, miscarriage, infertility, health diagnosis, loss of friendship, relocation, or death of a pet. Loss can bring on intense emotions like sadness, anger, disbelief, guilt, fear, numbness, and loneliness. Grief counseling will help you process these emotions as you begin to adjust to a new normal.
I work collaboratively with clients by using a strengths based, trauma informed approach. I believe in using integrative modalities that is individualized to each client. A few evidenced based practices I incorporate include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness - Based Interventions.
While I have been trained in various techniques, I am not the expert on your life. I honor each individual's unique lived experience and intersecting identities. I approach this work with curiosity while honoring what each client brings in the room. The therapeutic relationship is a sacred space where insight, growth, and change happen. I believe that we all have the innate ability to heal through safe, supportive relationships.