Providing compassionate counseling to bring peace and stability, while managing strong emotions and living wholeheartedly.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) emphasizes balancing the dialectics, or opposites, of acceptance and change at the same time. DBT is effective for suicidal ideation, self-injury, Borderline Personality Disorder, those experiencing intense emotions, mood disorders and addictions. I balance treatment strategies of validation and problem solving, while facilitating behavior change through skills classes, phone coaching and participation in weekly team consultation meetings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches us about the connection between our thoughts, feelings and actions. I teach clients to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and think about stressful situations in a more constructive manner, which can result in less intense emotions. We also learn behavioral strategies to modify unhelpful behavior patterns. While this can be a foundation to use, it is interwoven with other techniques
In addressing trauma symptoms, I use both a somatic (body-based) approach to address the effects of trauma remaining in the body; and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to address unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma experience.
Substance use can destroy families and lives. There is no one right way to make change and I am here for the journey. I have experience working in a substance use treatment program and bring with me principles of harm-reduction, safe use, overdose education and alternative recovery models. Most importantly is exploring motivation for and confidence in your ability to change, as well as rebuilding your sense of identity and finding fun while sober.
Suicidal thoughts and intense emotions arise for a variety of reasons and are a warning sign to intervene immediately. I have extensive training in crisis intervention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and safety planning to evaluate the level of risk. My intention is to build relationships and work with clients to keep them OUT of the hospital and build skills to have a life worth living. I collaborate with family, other community providers and encourage additional treatment when needed.
Low mood, feelings of hopelessness and stress are all symptoms of depression, which can be managed by counseling, medication and other coping interventions. I use cognitive and mindfulness interventions to treat mood disorders, including teaching about the neurobiological basis of depression; the connection between thoughts and feelings; and empowering clients to manage intense emotions. I also gained experience while working in the inpatient psychiatric setting and collaborate with physicians