I assist clients with identifying tools to navigate life's challenges within a safe, accepting, and affirming, environment.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Huntsville, AL
It's not always possible to remove stressors from your life, but managing stress is as important as managing a serious chronic illness. In fact, stress often either brings on or exacerbates disease. I specialize in teaching both short-term and long-term stress management techniques that include, but are not limited to mindful meditation, physical exercise, diet, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. These can also be useful for lowering high blood pressure- which often accompanies chronic stress.
I have assessed and counseled individuals with substance abuse disorders for many years and believe in a holistic approach that addresses a person's mental and physical health, living environment, employment situation, and family support. Fighting addiction is a long-term commitment and each situation is unique. In addition to being a nationally certified licensed professional counselor, I have earned an advanced alcohol and drug counseling certification that is recognized internationally.
After receiving a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, I completed the requirements to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). I love to work with clients of all ages who want to identify career interests and pursue career goals whether they are just leaving high school and considering a college (or training) path, or a retiree looking for a second career.
People aren't perfect and relapse is not failure. I've learned through my experience with clients who misuse substances that living and working conditions are not always optimal for promoting abstinence. In these cases, harm reduction is very useful but not always offered or tolerated in treatment programs. As a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, I embrace and utilize any proven therapies that are beneficial to my clients.
Thank goodness there is a therapeutic style to fit every client. For clients who are very goal-directed and seek a shorter process that focuses on solutions rather than the presenting problem, solution-focused brief therapy is an awesome choice. In my experience, this style works best for relationship problems, anxiety disorder, depression, and substance use disorder.
I have the most experience with using CBT to treat self-esteem issues, depression, relationship problems, and substance abuse disorder. I have found it to be especially effective when working with women's issues. Although it is a relatively short-term treatment, CBT is highly effective and its principles can be practiced by the client indefinitely after therapy has ended.