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Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD
Anxiety has shown up in my personal history and is the most common issue I treat in my therapy practice. I've been treating folks with anxiety for the past four years. I help folks who are experiencing anxiety by taking a deeper dive into how we relate to ourselves and our emotions. Often, learning skills for navigating big emotions is a part of healing an anxious brain. We'll also look at thought patterns and behaviors that may be keeping you anxious and aim to heal the roots of those.
I've completed over 50 hours of training in trauma-informed care and treating trauma. I'm also trained in EMDR to treat trauma. Trauma often underlies the anxiety and depression I see in my practice. I help folks who have experienced trauma to re-establish a sense of safety in their lives and bodies. We'll work with difficult memories, self-beliefs, or sensations in your body and grow your capacity to handle the tough emotions that show up.
I trained in EMDR in January 2019 and have used it to help folks who are experiencing PTSD and anxiety. We will select specific key memories that have impacted you and process them using bi-lateral stimulation, which is the same thing your brain does during REM sleep. EMDR helps to change your relationship to the memory and allows space for integration and healing.
I have been developing my own mindfulness practice since 2014 and have trained in yoga instruction and mindfulness-based therapies. I use mindfulness in session to help slow down and do deeper noticing of thoughts, emotions, body-sensations and images. We notice what happens when we make space for all of this. Mindfulness is also a useful tool for helping us cope with anxiety and other intense emotions.
I value the relationship I build with my clients. Research shows this to be one of the most important factors in therapy. I believe that our hurts happen in relationships, but so does our healing. Therapy with me is a non-judgemental, unconditionally compassionate, and curious space. With these qualities, we build trust and a safer space where you can explore deeply without fear of shame or re-traumatization.
Adjustment Disorder means having difficulty adjusting to a life change or transition. It's shown up in my personal history and is present for many of my clients. I help folks who are experiencing adjustment disorder by validating their internal experience around the changes they're experiencing, helping to look at the root causes of where your distress is coming from, challenging thought and behavior patterns that aren't serving you, and teaching or supporting you in learning new skills.