Hi! I’m Bekah Yates. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. I am an LGBTQIAP+ kink-affirming trauma therapist located in Orlando.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Orlando, FL
Supervised by Zachary W. Dodson, M.A., LMHC
Anxiety is our body's way of trying to tell us something. It can be confusing trying to figure out what it might be trying to tell us. I help my clients work through anxiety by helping them to identify and understand what their anxiety might be telling them, where their anxiety is coming from, what it is rooted in, and how to go about working through, coping with, and managing it.
Codependency usually involves neglecting ourselves and our needs in order to prioritize those of others. This provides us with a way to avoid or escape our own thoughts, feelings, and problems while hyper-focusing on those of others. I help my clients work through codependency by assisting them in identifying codependent traits, behaviors, and ways of thinking while also helping clients develop a deeper understanding of how this affects their everyday lives.
I believe that trauma takes place and is healed within a relational context. Our work together will involve developing a deeper understanding of how you relate to others, how you function in relationships with others, and how trauma has impacted this. We will identify and develop healthier ways of relating to others and functioning within relationships while processing and healing from relational trauma.
I utilize Person or Client-Centered therapy in session which means I hold unconditional positive regard for my clients. There will not be any judgement. You are the expert on your life and you know what works best for you. I hold a safe and supportive space for you to process thoughts, feelings, and emotions while using open-ended questions, reflective listening and tentative interpretations to help you develop self-understanding, acceptance and actualization.
I have received specialized training in trauma-focused hypnotherapy. When we experience trauma, the area of our brain that processes language shuts down. This is why it’s often hard to talk about trauma and why it can be difficult to work through trauma with talk therapy. Hypnosis is an effective way of processing trauma without talking because it doesn’t involve using language in the way we typically use it.
Trauma work involves formulating a firm foundation of stabilization skills. This involves developing a process of checking in with yourself, tuning into feelings and messages your body is sending you, and regulating emotional, psychological, and physiological responses to stress. Many people refer to this as developing grounding skills. Trauma work also involves identifying triggers and patterns, which includes developing healthier ways of connecting with ourselves and relating to others.