I have been a nurse since 2009 and I completed counselor training so that I can help with the unique challenges of healthcare professionals.
Counselor in Columbia, MO
Supervised by Ric Doubet, LPC
Traumatic stress can be inflicted on an individual through a single event, or several events over time, but a hallmark of trauma is the recurrence of the traumatic stress in the present moment. The natural response to trauma is to manage this recurrent stress any way you can, but often the first coping mechanism we choose carries it's own challenges that we eventually want to overcome. Trauma therapy exists to provide you with new options for coping with your trauma.
I integrate the use of IFS in therapy when there is a developmental task that has not been completed or which needs to be revisited in the present moment. IFS provides a way of understanding ourselves through a compassionate lens that allows for all our complex inner workings without the need to commit to any single thought or feeling that we experience.
ACT is a theory that uses the concept of workability as the primary guide for therapy, meaning that what works for you, the client, is the primary outcome measure that we will aspire to. ACT involves learning tools, such as mindfulness and identifying your personal values, which support a perspective of psychological flexibility that helps us move away from rigid, unworkable ways of thinking and behaving.