Gentle, compassionate counseling for those wanting to further explore their story and live the life they want to live.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA
Spirituality can be a very healthy tool to use in life, but at times the religious experiences that one has can cause harm. In these cases, I believe that it is important to explore what one's spiritual development has been in order to address harms and reclaim what is helpful to them.
Spirituality can be a very healthy tool to use in life, but at times the religious experiences that one has can cause harm. I believe that it is important to explore what one's spiritual development has been in order to address harms and reclaim what is helpful to them.
Anxiety can be caused by biological as well as environment factors. I believe that by offering practical tools for managing the anxiety as well as exploring the root causes can lead to living a life with less interference of anxiety.
Most people have experienced trauma to some degree in their life, but for those who develop PTSD as a result, life can be severely impacted. It is in those cases that I work with people to challenge harmful beliefs regarding themselves, the safety of the world and their trauma experience. To do this I often use EMDR treatment as well as offer practical skills to manage the triggers in a healthy and effective way.
Having worked in the community mental health setting for 5 years, I have received many trainings in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This modality is most effective to help at the onset of treatment to decrease the severity of symptoms such as depression and anxiety.
I was trained by Dr. Roy Barsness at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology on Relational Psychodynamic Therapy. This modality is based on the belief that we are relational beings and so often times the reason we come to therapy is because of harm caused in relationship to someone else. Since this is true, it is also true that we can heal from harm within a therapeutic, healing relationship like that of a therapist and client.
I completed my basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from an EMDRIA approved consultant, Dr. Philip Manfield. In my experience with offering this treatment, I've seen my clients move past "stuck" areas in their life as a result of trauma or relational harm.