I am a clinical social worker and therapist. I provide both in-person, including equine-assisted psychotherapy, and telehealth services
Therapist in Lake zurich, IL
EAP is an experiential, or hands-on, approach. It moves past, or in conjunction with, traditional talk therapy. It is effective in treating a variety of difficulties from anxiety and mood disorders to interpersonal and relationship conflicts. It is not therapeutic riding and is done completely or mostly from the ground. It involves building relationships with horses and completing various tasks with them in order to achieve your goals. This can be used with children and adults.
CBT aims to look at problematic thought patterns and how they impact our behaviors and emotions/moods. After grasping the impact of our thinking, we can work to re-frame our thoughts into more healthy and adaptive patterns. CBT also involves developing and implementing new coping strategies to promote healthier behavioral patterns as well as to help manage uncomfortable emotions. Weekly activity schedules, behavior activation, mindfulness and other relaxation strategies are commonly explored.
I have an interest in promoting women's wellness, especially those experiencing perinatal difficulties. This includes pre- and post-natal anxiety and depression as well as fertility issues. More generally, women respond to stressors in different ways then men. I understand the significance of integrating physical and mental health which consists of chronic illness, trauma, navigation of multiple roles within the family, and life transitions.
Adolescents today face an array of difficult topics and stressors not necessarily present in previous generations. I enjoy helping teens and young adults overcome many of these obstacles including peer relationship difficulties, family conflict, stress management, adjustment issues, anxiety, self esteem, depression and mood disorders, self injury, and suicidal thoughts. I provide teens with an unbiased and non-judgemental resource to help them explore the stresses typical of adolescence.
Sometimes our worries can get the best of us. I address anxiety by using a combination of top-down and bottom-up approach. This means we will look at your troublesome thoughts that are causing anxious feelings and unhelpful behaviors and develop more adaptive thought patterns. We will also practice new strategies to help regulate emotions using somatic strategies. Overall, we can reshape those worry-producing patterns in your mind and you body.