Value driven life is so important for living with purpose and ease. ACT uses a psychological flexibility model which can be beneficial for everyone including those struggling with substance misuse, dysfunctional eating, overwhelming anxiety, depression, and more. Starting with mindfulness practice to narrative repair work, ACT can be used in different intensities. I use components of ACT with individuals, families and groups.
Dynamic maturational model of attachment (Dr. Patricia Crittenden). Understanding the individual's protective attachment strategy reduces pathology and blame, instead helping make sense out of the way they have been connecting with others. Together we can expand your attachment strategy so you can increase the rewards of interacting with others.
Emotionally focused therapy has attachment theory at it's core. Dr Sue Johnson has integrated attachment strategies with couples therapy to help partner's understand why they respond and react in helpful and destructive ways. Rather than giving couples advice I prefer to help partners understand their responses so they can make adjustments internally. I want to help individuals make healthy satisfying connections with others.
Symptoms of anxiety are a signal that our body is trying to protect us. In most cases the warning is helpful and can be beneficial to activate us to make changes. When the anxious feelings are overwhelming and interfering with our lives it may be time to seek professional help. My goal is not to numb you or mask the symptoms but to provide a safe and validating place to help you understand what is going on, be more mindful, learn and practice making adjustment so you can live with more ease. Anxiety symptoms may be confused with or overlap with ADHD, trauma, anger, fear, value-life incongruence, anxious attachment strategies, substance misuse, experiencing abuse (work, emotional, physical, sexual) sleep disorders, unhealthy boundaries. Assessing and matching techniques can help you manage, not mask, your anxious feelings and thoughts and experience a value driven life.
I am a Certified Eating Disorder Professional (IAEDP). My volunteer advocacy work includes Secretary for The Alliance for Eating Disorders in Miami, Education Chair for IAEDP Miami and on the Board for National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. Eating disorders may include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and dysfunctional eating and body image issues such as emotional and compulsive eating, orthorexia, compulsive exercise and body shame for females and males. Helping with co-occurring struggles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, SUD, trauma, emotional dysregulation and over control are also part of recovery. In most cases I will help the client customize a treatment team including medical doctor, ED trained dietitian and possibly a psychiatrist. Help transition to and from higher levels of care is also available making the client's physical safety a priority of treatment. Family therapy is also provided and encouraged.
Certified Addiction Professional since 1980's Master Addiction Counselor 1996. Instructor for adults seeking Certification as Addiction Counselors in 12 states. Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, along with Emotionally Focused Therapy, CBT & informed DBT may be used depending on client's needs and openness. I work with persons who have Substance Use Disorder diagnosis, as well as, those who may be misusing substances to cope with stress, or gotten into bad habits. Addictive behaviors are not limited to substances, but also include gambling and gaming. As a national clinical outreach professional for many years I am familiar with many different treatment centers around the US and can help with placement recommendations. Family members often need support and a place to sort out their struggles when a loved one is on a dangerous path to addiction. I know what happens on the treatment side, good & bad, and can help guide family and partners through the process.