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Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC
Attachment theory comes into play with couples , family's, and parent-child relationships. I use this when there may be damage to a relationship. Whether it be a lack of trust or a traumatic event that altered the relationship we will determine the need and work with ways to re-establish the bond. I utilize childhood history to determine the amount of healthy attachments and work to heal those wounds.
While many therapist use CBT I typically incorporate this into looking at how your thoughts are impacting your behaviors. We examine if your thought patterns are focused on the negatives or if things always need to be "all or nothing". We then work on the thoughts that you rather have and pick through where in your life you were provided with the negative messages you currently tell yourself.
I have engaged individuals and family's in experiential treatment utilizing role plays, enactments, and in the moment interactive interventions to address the desired needs. For example rather than a couple explaining a conversation we role play the significant situation and then provide in the moment feedback based off of each person's statements. We will then attempt the new skills in therapy to practice.
In my work with family's and children I have utilized attachment theory and experiential treatment to address underlying issues. Most notable are unresolved conflict, unacknowledged trauma, history of abandonment, and communication barriers. I've worked with couples in addressing their ability to work together as a cohesive unit and running a functional household.
Family conflict can result in bitter and broken relationships. Through experiential treatment and strengths based interventions I work to establish the desired roles of the family members while accepting feedback and catering to all cultural considerations. Examples of interventions used are role plays, enactments , and interactive games that practice communication, roles, and responding to one another in a healthy manner.
Depression can be debilitating, I have worked with many individuals to practice mindfulness and meditation to increase awareness about their mind, body, and soul connection. In using cognitive behavioral therapy I work with my client's on looking at how their thoughts are impacting their behaviors and ability to see the good in their life. Through this work we determine skills specific to the person's needs and lifestyle to help manage their moods.