I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive support to make positive changes in their lives.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indian Trail, NC
While I use a family systems approach to explore a larger view of experiences, I use CBT principles to assist people in changing patterns of current behaviors, especially as related to reducing anxiety and racing thoughts. I have attended numerous trainings over the years related to the use of CBT with various populations in mental health including survivors of trauma, the LGBTQIA population, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In 2006 I started using a now-nationally recognized evidenced based treatment model called Family Centered Treatment, which uses principles from Eco Structural Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy practices. I became certified, first as a provider of Family Centered Treatment, then later as a Trainer, Supervisor, and Master Trainer within the model. I no longer specifically deliver the evidence-based model, my therapeutic approach continues to be rooted in this theoretical framework.
In 2017-2018 I completed approximately 9 months of trauma-focused CBT training through the Duke Collaborative (note: I did not complete TF-CBT certification). I have worked with survivors of trauma, specifically within family systems, since starting in community mental health in 2006. I have presented at 3 national conferences on Trauma and the Brain, as well as provided local trainings to therapists and schools on various areas within trauma-specific treatment.
I started my education into the impact trauma has on all types of functioning when I started my career in community mental health in 2006. Most of my experience with trauma survivors is related to familial trauma, generational abuse, and helping people "break the cycles" that have often been present for so long. I have presented on Trauma in the Brain at 3 national conferences and completed about 9 months of training in trauma-focused CBT (did not complete certification).
In addition to the information cited in my experience working with gender identity needs, I have experience working with individuals across the LGBTQIA spectrum. This includes dealing with self-esteem, anxiety, and self-confidence issues related to exploring one's identity, as well as any traumatic experiences related to identity and being "out". I also welcome those who are in “nontraditional” relationship configurations and subcultures (such as poly, non-monogamous, and kink).
I have been a member of the Charlotte Transgender Health Care Group since 2018. In September 2019, I attended the USPATH 2019 Conference in Washington D.C. I have worked with numerous individuals who identify as trans, gender queer, non-binary, etc. This includes experience providing necessary documentation for individuals desiring to start medical transition through hormone or surgical interventions.