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Associate Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ
Supervised by D. Seth Jenkin, LPC, LISAC
Trauma therapy can look many different ways, but the way I always start is to help clients feel safe and supported. I use several different modalities to achieve this, but the key for me is to never push my clients too hard. I know that recovery from trauma takes time and consistency and it needs to be done when the client feels comfortable.
I often use REBT (the grandparent of CBT) to help clients deconstruct their belief system and understand how this affects their emotional experiences. It is an amazing way to develop insight into the thinking patterns that may not be serving you anymore.
I help support new moms/parents because I know how challenging that can be. When I had my son, I had postpartum depression and anxiety and felt so isolated and hopeless. It can be a dark and daunting place to be - especially with the new level of responsibility that you now have (not to mention the lack of sleep). I also help those who have lost pregnancies, as it can also be a very difficult and emotional time.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a modality that uses bi-lateral stimulation to help clients reprocess significant events/feelings/sensations in order to make those experiences less distressing. In other words, it can really help clients reduce the emotional impact of certain memories. Bi-lateral stimulation has proven to be a valuable tool to help regulate the nervous system, and can also help with anxiety and panic issues.
I use a combination of CBT and REBT to help clients identify their beliefs/thoughts and learn to understand how these affect their feelings. REBT/CBT can help clients to be more aware and mindful of their "automatic" reactions and learn to be able to pause and make different choices that can drastically reduce their amount of distress. One of the goals is to help clients learn to challenge their thought distortions and bring themselves back to a more rational thought process.
While completing this training, I am slowly introducing these methods into my practice. Utilizing IFS, I can help clients identify their "parts" and learn to help understand their different roles. IFS can help clients identify their different needs and learn to love and accept their true selves, and all of their "parts".
In this area, I try to help clients explore and understand their substance use. I help them connect why they use to the feelings that trigger their cravings. I walk clients through the different aspects of their substance use from their family dynamic to the story they tell themselves. I help them discover their areas of need and provide them resources to remain sober and find true recovery.
In this area I can help clients work on boundaries and their importance, self-esteem and self-acceptance, shame and guilt, goal setting, motivation and exploration of self. I utilize many cognitive-based therapies and some "parts work" to help clients get reconnected with themselves and rediscover who they are and define what they want from life.
As a sufferer of anxiety for many, many years - I know first-hand how debilitating anxiety can be. I help clients identify their anxiety and teach them methods to move through the uncomfortable feelings that come with it. I help clients understand their anxiety and develop coping skills that can help reduce and manage the unpleasant sensations when they arise. But it takes work! Anxiety cannot be "cured", but it can be managed and dealt with.