Hi, I’m Dakota. I’m passionate about helping adults and adolescents heal from the pain of their past and grow into lives that bring them joy
Counselor in Brentwood, TN
Supervised by Joy Samules LPC-MHSP
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an extensively researched and effective method for working with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR engages your brain's natural healing process by resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain.
ACT is a values-based form of psychotherapy that aims to help you accept the difficulties that abound in life while still fully engaging in the activities and relationships that give life meaning. ACT works with mindfulness and cognition to assist you in overcoming negative thoughts and feelings by reducing avoiding coping styles. ACT focuses on 3 areas: 1) Accept difficulties and be present in the moment, 2) Choose a valued direction, and 3) Take action in that chosen direction
CBT is a therapeutic modality that aims to help you learn to identify and change unhelpful or destructive thought patterns that in turn lead to unpleasant emotional states and negative/unhelpful behaviors. Don’t believe everything you think! This framework also utilizes a wide variety of other strategies such as relaxation techniques, journaling, and behavioral rehearsal in session to help develop these new skills into habits.
Anxiety can seep into so many aspects of our lives! I utilize and integrative, body-based approach to treating anxiety and depression that identifies the underlying causes and gets you back on track towards living a meaningful life in line with your values. I pull from CBT/MBCT, ACT, DBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to devise an approach that works best for you.
Trauma by it's nature is overwhelming and can throw much of our life into chaos. I utilize an integrative approach to trauma that draws from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, CBT, and mindfulness. I also offer Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), which has a mountain of empirical evidence supporting it's effectiveness in treating PTSD and trauma in general.
Chronic Pain and Illness can bring our lives to a crashing halt. So often those dealing with chronic pain or illness are not seen or believed, but it doesn't make the pain any less real! I specialize in working with chronic pain utilizing top-down psychotherapy approaches, mindfulness, hypnosis, and EMDR.