Life is so hard when we’re stuck in our own heads; repeating the same scenarios, worries, and self-critical thoughts. Time for a change!
Clinical Social Worker in Fishers, IN
When learning about this theory of counseling in graduate school 12 years ago I found it incredibly empowering. I began studying and using this method. I fully subscribe to the viewpoint that the client has the answers within themselves. My job is to help clear the emotional clutter, ask questions and provide feedback as you go on the journey of self-discovery. Don't worry! This is still a collaborative process though - if you could do it all on your own - you would have by now, right?
All clients I've worked with in the past 10 years have had some form of anxiety. Also, since struggling with it myself since adolescence, I've focused my practice methods based on extensive training and education in this area. I'm highly skilled at connecting my clients with the tools to manage anxiety that work for their personality and lifestyle. There isn't just one method that works for everyone. Each person is highly unique with varying needs for managing worry, fear and guilt.
Through ten years of working with clients from all walks of life, it became obvious that a special population of people are highly sensitive. I began reading and learning about HSPs, which also lead me to learn about those with the "empath" gifts. While many people in this category have been given diagnoses for their sensitivity - I view these sensitivities as a gift and teach my clients to better understand and use sensitivity as a strength!
In my 10 years of experience, I've worked with numerous client populations regarding pre and post bariatric surgery. I've also worked in practices focused on medically supervised weight loss programs. Working with this special population, in addition to my 90 pound weight loss personally, has given me great experience with the physical, social and emotional difficulties weight gain and weight loss causes in a person's life.
With a background and concentration in mental health and addictions, along with experience working with weight management and pre/post bariatric surgery clients , motivational interviewing has been paramount in helping people achieve their goals and sustain long-term behavioral change.
Action-oriented, supportive goal setting and identifying barriers that keep people feeling "stuck" has been the foundation of my practice style for 10 years now. I emphasize and identify individual's strengths and help create a concrete plan of attack. We will visit the past, but only to better understand behavioral patterns through our process of making long-lasting mindset shifts and behavioral changes.