Hi, my name is Garrett. I'm glad you're here. My goal is to foster a safe environment and for you to create space in your life.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lincolnwood, IL
I love this approach for people of all ages. The idea that our thoughts impacts how we feel, which impacts how we behave. There are countless, direct, interventions that can be practices in session, and outside of session. I've found this approach to be very helpful for people with negative self-talk and to change their relationship with anxious thoughts.
My relationship with Somatic Therapy has come slowly to me over the years. It started with learning how to work with people who have experienced trauma, and how to bring to the 'here and now.' Through this, I've integrated yoga into my practice. Utilizing and honoring all tenets of yoga to bring people back to their body. Finally, I've trained in the Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), which allows one to use their bodies to regulate their energy flows.
I align with the Rogerian approach mainly because it was the easiest for me to identify with. Being warm, genuine, and authentic are characteristics I was born with, which helps me in creating his "unconditional positive regard." I also strongly believe of the importance of 'being seen' and heard. There is so much power in that and I feel honored whenever people trust the space to do so.
One of the most debilitating experiences someone can have is symptoms of anxiety & panic. It can be terrifying and you're not alone. My approach to working with anxiety is panic, is not unlike other clinicians. However, I spend a lot of time providing education on what is happening to your brain and body, while working with you to develop techniques to "float" with your anxiety and not “resist” it. Essentially, changing your relationship to it.
Depression can be mild, persistent, and debilitating; sometimes all at once. I truly have so much respect for individuals who live through depressive symptoms, as I know how much more effort one has to put towards life in order to just survive. We work together to help process depressive symptoms and to develop coping mechanisms to help you succeed with depression management.
Many people experience suicidal thoughts, but remember you are not your thoughts. Though, I do know they can be terrifying. Maybe you’ve had more than thoughts - perhaps a plan, or even an attempt. You’re not alone. I provide a nonjudgemental, safe, space process your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to help guide you to a safer way of living; a new normal. This may seem like an impossibility, but with a lot of work and vulnerability, we can work together to get you through this.