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Licensed Master of Social Work in Austin, TX
Supervised by Barbara Jefferson, LCSW-S
For some people, sitting for an hour and processing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, can be too difficult. Experiential therapy with me will utilize a person centered approach, in which we explore activities (including art, movement based, relational) that can help you feel regulated/safe. Once you can feel safe in the space we've created, we can move towards establishing and working on our therapeutic relationship. From there, we will organically get to more cognitive conversations.
CBT is a great technique that can shed light to experiences we may be having in our lives. A lot of times we will be left with questions like "Why did that happen?" or "Why did I say/do that?". CBT provides us with the tools to understand our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Obtaining and increasing our awareness can help identify the moments where we may be experiencing stress, so that we can feel more present and in "control".
Some memories are tougher than others. Some, linger despite time. For those memories that may be "stuck", EMDR is a great approach. It requires the client to focus on the trauma while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms by reducing the vividness and emotion associated with trauma memories.