Every detail of my approach to treatment is trauma informed. I don't offer quick fixes, as these are not conducive to the meaningful treatment of trauma. I understand and treat trauma in unique ways, and I am mindful of the fluctuating needs in my patients' lives. If life is hard right now, we left off the accelerator in therapy. If life is relatively smooth, we press on the accelerator. In most trauma treatments, patients vote with their feet (i.e., dropout), but dropout is rare in our clinic.
My primary framework is psychodynamic therapy, which I value for its emphasis on relationships and how our childhoods shape us. I value to the depth in and insight of psychodynamic approaches, as they facilitate long term improvements by targeting the root problems (instead of the symptoms thereof). Psychodynamic approaches enable my patients to see themselves and others with greater clarity and mastery, which helps them independently and effectively navigate their worlds.
I conduct fitness for duty evaluations for both current employees and prospective employees. These evaluations are typically conducted to assess the suitability and reliability of individuals in high stakes occupations (e.g., medicine, aviation, law enforcement). My experience in conducting fitness for duty evaluations dates back to the beginning of my military service and continues to date.
I served active duty in the USAF. I co-founded a clinic that specializes in treating military members, veterans, and their loved ones. I strive daily to provide value-added treatment for PTSD, to advocate for the needs of the veteran community, and to train civilian mental health professional to provide culturally competent care to our veteran population. I provide monthly trainings to the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope and am a certified war trauma expert.
I began my profession emphasis on trauma in my first year of clinical practice in graduate school. I have presented on PTSD at numerous academic conferences, studied PTSD for my dissertation, given talks on PTSD to divergent audiences, and have amassed more clinical experience with PTSD than any other clinical phenomenon. My track record demonstrates my passion for and unwavering dedication to serving individuals living with PTSD.
Intergenerational trauma represents a nuanced developmental experience deserving of its own clinical attention, and childhood trauma shapes our self-concept, beliefs about others/the world, and subconscious habits of responding to life. Good complex trauma treatment should do a deep dive on each of these factors, and it should offer ways to effectively shift intergenerational trauma trends.