There are conscious and subconscious processes involved in improving mental health; I work to address both types effectively.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Raleigh, NC
Supervised by Amanda Allen, LCMHCS #S10517
I have been actively involved in the addiction recovery community for over ten years and have a wealth of experience in all types of addiction. I fully support harm reduction measures, but I subscribe to the abstinence approach when dealing with addiction.
Having spent 21 years in the military, I have both personal and professional experience with this disorder and this is my primary specialty. I work through a trauma-informed perspective and am trained in several trauma-specific treatments.
I recently retired from the U.S. Army and have extensive knowledge of the military world and its specific challenges (combat trauma, vicarious trauma, military sexual trauma, identity issues, interpersonal difficulties, medical disabilities, etc.). I can relate to and communicate well with my fellow servicemembers and veterans.
I am trained in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Brainspotting. I consult and practice with my fellow Brainspotting therapists on a regular basis and am continually learning techniques as this field expands to treat more and more mental health issues. This is primarily a subconscious process, where we allow the brain to process in the way it wants to, rather than in the way it is being led to.
I am "in EMDR training," meaning that I have taken the training and am authorized to provide EMDR, but I am still under a certified EMDR consultant's supervision. EMDR is a practice that is similar to Brainspotting in some ways. I chose to learn this technique because it combines conscious work (thoughts and beliefs, or cognitive processing) with subconscious work (body-based, subcortical processing).
The bulk of my training and experience is in CBT; this is primarily a mindful, conscious approach. This is where I can help you identify harmful patterns and create healthy patterns in your thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Not all trauma can be logically figured out and processed; this is why I am also trained in techniques like Brainspotting and EMDR, which can assist with the subconscious stuff.