Clinical social worker specializing in gender, sexuality, trauma, eating disorders, & substance use.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT
As a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, my education was rooted in psychodynamic therapy. First and foremost, this means that the relationship between therapist and client is of significant importance This means that instead of focusing on behaviors themselves in therapy (as in a CBT or DBT model), focus is shifted to understanding our patterns of behavior, including greater understanding of the role & function of those behaviors in our lives.
I have completed training in several different types of trauma treatment, including Trauma Resiliency Model (levels 1 & 2), EMDR basic training, Internal Family Systems, and significant education in Polyvagal Theory. Using tri-phasic trauma therapy (Herman), I focus with clients on phase 1: Safety - stabilization through development of coping skills ; phase 2: Trauma Memory Processing - re-processing & developing a deeper understanding of trauma; phase 3: Re-Engage with Life / Re-connection
I completed level 1 training for Internal Family Systems in 2016, and can utilize this modality to inform treatment, or by providing treatment in accordance with the IFS model. This method of therapy names strong emotions & memories as parts. Treatment involves getting all of the parts to talk with each other, without judgment of a part as 'good' or 'bad'.