I help victims & survivors of trauma feel like themselves again.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA
I have worked with various kinds of trauma throughout my career and have chosen to specialize in it. I always remain trauma-informed, client-centered while exploring the ways in which trauma has impacted a client's life; physically, mentally, spiritually, sexually, financially, etc.
Modern Psychodynamic Therapy gets a bad rep but I learned the importance and grace of this type of therapy from a past Supervisor. I use Psychodynamic tenets with clients often, specifically the strength of the therapeutic relationship and how reflection on the past can help us heal for the future.
I love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and use it with my clients often. I use it to help clients achieve more psychological flexibility, decrease their struggle with discomfort, and be more mindful in general.
I will do everything I can to make my clients feel safe when discussing these sensitive topics. Some clients like to discuss the actual event(s), and some like to focus on how it has impacted their relationships, their self-esteem, their attachment style, their relationship to sex, and more. I provide psychoeducation on the impacts of abuse and assault and offer various paths of healing. And sometimes you just need a safe place to cry, and I can provide that too.
DV/IPV can affect anyyone--regardless of sexuality, gender, age, religion, ability, nationality, neurodiversity. I validate clients' experiences, educate on dynamics of abuse within relationships, and work with you to remain safe, whether that means while in the relationship or not.
Not everyone who experiences trauma will develop PTSD. The actual diagnosis of "PTSD" is not important to me unless it is important to you. What is most important to focus on is how these symptoms (that are results of trauma) are impacting your life. I break down coping skills into easy and comprehensible chunks and teach clients how to use them in session, so you can use them at home to reduce the severity of these symptoms.