I trained in EMDR in 2015. I began utilizing this approach first and loved how it is a bottom-up approach, bringing the body into the room. I have gone on to learn and train in Brainspotting, which came from EMDR, and find that both have its place.
I trained in ACT in 2019. Ever since then, I use this as my first top-down approach. The psychological flexibility, mindfulness, and compassion incorporated in ACT fit with my other training and knowledge. I find ACT has simple practices to incorporate into your everyday life.
I began training in Brainspotting in 2019. This approach felt like home to me, and I find that my clients feel more integrated and calm after sessions. Clients feel like they move through deep wounds and past trauma, anxieties, and other beliefs that are holding them back. Many clients report long-standing patterns and behaviors changing for the better. I am working towards certification and will be certified in October 2020. I receive monthly group and individual consultation.
Working with trauma and substance use disorders, I have been able to work with individuals in their toughest times. I have witnessed that many things lead back to grief and loss. This could show up as a loss of self, loss of love and friendship, or despair of the life that was taken. I help clients hold the space to understand and feel the emotions of grief and loss.
In 2008, I began working in prevention with at-risk youth. Since then, I have worked on the entire continuum from prevention to detox services in a hospital. I believe that individuals can heal. I utilize Brainspotting, Self-Compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help individuals learn about their brain, change patterns, and behaviors that are holding them back and help them move towards the life and actions they do want.
I have spent many years studying trauma, and the impact trauma has on the brain, body, and self. I am trained in EMDR and Brainspotting and work with individuals to release trauma and move forward. I help individuals work through the psychological impact of trauma and the social effects and help them integrate into the life they want to be living.