“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” – Cheryl Richardson
Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
My experience working at the Eating Recovery Center and seeing individual clients in an outpatient counseling center has provided me skills to treat individuals struggling with: disordered eating patterns, excessive exercising, obsessive and compulsive thoughts, low self-esteem, negative body image, self-harming, suicidal thoughts, and perfectionism. I look to collaboratively work with dietitians and medical providers to ensure wraparound care if needed/desired.
My background working in a family homeless shelter, the crisis hotline, and outpatient counseling center has provided me experiences treating various life transitions. Included but not limited to: new relationships, loss of relationships, beginning and ending jobs, housing issues, graduating high school and entering college, fitting in to new social situations, marital stressors, and divorce.
I have experience treating individuals struggling with recovering from childhood abuse, abuse from their family of origin, abusive relationships, and sexual trauma. My background working in a family homeless shelter with a domestic violence unit, as well as the crisis hotline, has provided me a strong trauma-informed and focused approach and conceptualization of symptoms.
I believe that the body keeps the score, meaning your experienced daily stressors, past and prolonged exposure to trauma impacts your body. I believe that recognizing how our mind and bodies are connected is one of the key parts of recovering from trauma and feeling in control and empowered over our negative symptoms. Some of my recommended interventions engage your physical senses to assist in distress tolerance and stress reduction.
Did you know your brain experiences over 80,000 thoughts a day? Now imagine the power our thoughts have if we were able to better direct and reframe our unhelpful thoughts into more neutral and helpful ones. In order to do this, I use thought-reframing and challenging techniques in sessions, as well as identifying how our feelings and thoughts influence our behaviors and patterns to help make desired changes.
My experiences in the counseling field has shown me how much we fight against thoughts that we deem negative, when in reality, we may be avoiding normal emotions, such as sadness or anger. I utilize ACT techniques to help clients accept their feelings and reactions so that we stop judging ourselves for our emotions but instead, work together with our emotions to acknowledge our unmet needs and better address them.