We often allow our stories to define who we are. You can find the strength and resilience within your story to take back the narrative.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
I often think of unresolved trauma as the hitch-hiking ghosts on the haunted mansion ride at disney land. Though you may have hidden your trauma away, it can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Trauma can be triggered by smells, colors, and sounds around you. I want to help you explore past trauma to minimize the power it holds. In working with trauma, I create a safe space to hold your story. Trauma work can be scary, no matter the size of the trauma. I help you navigate the trauma at your own pace so symptoms are minimized rather than escalated. Trauma symptoms show in many ways, yours may look like anxiety, depression, nightmares, rage, self harm, suicidal ideation, or other symptoms. In healing trauma, I use exploration and help you develop resources to minimize symptoms. I am also trained in advanced techniques including EMDR and Somatic Experiencing (Beginning I) to treat trauma.
Becoming a parent is one of the biggest changes you can go through. From fluctuating hormones, to body changes, to having another human completely depend upon you. While many expect this time to be joyous, the pregnancy and postpartum time period can also bring about mixed up feelings. It's okay to not feel okay during this time. I help new parents navigate all that comes with the pregnancy and postpartum time period. I was trained by the Seleni Institute in Maternal Mental Health in order to best serve new parents--especially those who may be dealing with a perinatal mood disorder, infertility, or pregnancy loss. I want to honor your story of parenthood--however it looks to you--and help you to find joy within it. Despite all the hardships of being a new parent, there IS joy to be found.
As we grow up, we often forget the difficulties childhood can present. Whether your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, unresolved trauma, grief and loss, stress, or struggling to adjust to a new stage of life--I can help. For children who may be struggling, it is helpful to have a resource outside of school and family life. It is helpful to have a non-judgemental space where the child can feel special and empowered. I use creative approaches in my work with children including directive and non-directive play therapy. I also implement art therapy, writing, and sandtray therapy when fitting. For children who have experienced significant trauma, I am a trained EMDR child specialist and can help your child move past trauma so your child does not have to continue to carry the weight of the trauma.