I am currently accepting new clients ages 4-10 (in-person sessions only) and ages 18-26 (in-person or virtual sessions).
Clinical Social Worker in Salt Lake City, UT
Supervised by Rebecca Cohen, LCSW
We all experience anxiety from time to time; however, persistent and uncontrollable anxiety can be debilitating. I have multiple years of experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety of all kinds (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, health anxiety, etc.) and am confident in my ability to help these clients regain control of their anxiety. In addition to teaching clients effective coping skills, I assist clients in finding the root of their anxiety and addressing underlying issues.
Trauma and its lasting effects can feel paralyzing. I work closely with clients who have experienced trauma and struggle with functioning in daily life as a result. Whether you're having difficulties with relationships, managing emotions, finding your sense of self, etc., processing traumatic experiences in a safe space can be life changing. I have experience working with various forms of trauma, including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, religious trauma, child abuse, and medical trauma.
I have multiple years of experience working with children of all ages (infants to late teens) in a variety of settings. However, my primary focus is children ages 4-10. Research shows that kids in this age range really thrive when given a safe space to be open and authentic with a trustworthy adult and without fear of judgment or ridicule. Many children consider their parents to be safe adults; however, they don't always want to confide in their parents, which is normal and should be expected.
Our attachment style, which is developed in early childhood and influenced by our relationship with our primary caregiver(s), is highly influential in our ability to form and maintain meaningful relationships throughout life. It affects how we interact with others and how we perceive our own role in the lives of those around us. I utilize Attachment-Based Therapy frequently in treatment, as humans are social creatures and thus require meaningful relationships with others to be happy and healthy.
I utilize Play Therapy (and related therapies: Sandplay Therapy, Art Therapy, Theraplay, etc.) most frequently when working with children; however, research has also proven Play Therapy to be effective in the treatment of adults. Play is a vital part of the human experience and is necessary for the regulation and expression of emotions, especially in children. When stressors feel too overwhelming for the conscious mind to handle, the subconscious is able to process issues safely through play.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the earliest evidence-based approaches to mental health treatment, has been proven to be incredibly effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and more. I frequently utilize CBT in conjunction with other therapies to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their core beliefs, sense of self, and thought patterns so that they can make meaningful behavior changes that contribute to a healthier lifestyle.