Emotion regulation specialist using interventions that address your unique needs and challenges to promote your growth and healing.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cottonwood Heights, UT
Self-harm can include different methods ranging from overexercising, scratching, cutting and more. There are various reasons someone may start and continue with self-harming. Using a non-judgmental approach, we explore when and why you started self-harming and your current triggers. A harm reduction approach is incorporated, meaning we identify less dangerous means of self-harm as you simultaneously learn alternative coping skills and improve your ability to manage emotional distress.
Often times, the term OCD is used so casually. "She's so OCD about having things be clean." People with OCD know it is anything but casual and can feel so overwhelmed. It's important to start out with identifying current coping mechanisms and to increase skills that reduce the frequency and severity of repetitive behaviors and intrusive thoughts. You will be supported through changing how you process and experience your fears by facing them intentionally in safe conditions.
Anxiety can look like not being able to sleep at night because you're so worried, avoiding situations, wanting to relax but not being able to, feeling like you're on edge and sometimes knowing why and other times, not knowing why and more. I get to know what your anxiety is like and how you experience it. Based on that information, I teach you tools that best support you in managing and reducing your anxiety.
EMDR is a highly effective treatment modality for treating emotional distress and trauma related symptoms. It allows for processing and healing without needing to talk about all the details, which can be re-traumatizing in some circumstances. I received my training from EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, an accredited organization that provides upmost EMDR training for therapists. I continue my training with ongoing consultation to ensure I provide high quality EMDR sessions.
DBT focuses on the following skills: how we communicate with others, managing difficult emotions, tolerating distress and living in the present. I have used DBT with clients with various back grounds (trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse) for the past five years. These clients have had success with reducing the severity and frequency of unwanted symptoms by using DBT consistently in our sessions and in real life. DBT skills are simple to use and yet have such a powerful impact.
ACT helps with transforming unhelpful thinking and behaviors to more helpful thinking and behaviors that supports you in living your values and achieving your goals. I'm passionate about using ACT with clients because it's engaging, action centered and promotes long term positive change for a range of issues: worrying, difficulty managing emotions, relationship conflict, low self-esteem and more.