Everyone deserves to have a safe space to express themselves, make sense of life experiences, and have opportunities for personal growth.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD
The mind-body connection is undeniable. Our actions are directly related to our perceptions. Using cognitive-behavioral techniques, it's possible to build an awareness of how we react to situations and to develop healthier skills to cope with life stressors. Gaining a greater understanding of ourselves also allows us to manage our emotions better and to communicate our wants and needs more effectively. These are things that can be practiced in our sessions.
I am Person-Centered at the heart of everything I do. I believe each person's perspective is their truth and that this guides their life experiences. This means that it's essential for me to listen clearly and actively to be able to appreciate and understand what a person has lived and is sharing with me. This also means that I value personal dignity and incorporate empowerment into therapy sessions through psych-education and the celebration of accomplishments.
Most of my career has focused on the research, development, management, teaching, and the application of trauma-informed models of intervention. I utilize traditional techniques as outlined by Bessell van der Kolk and incorporate newer approaches such as the one developed by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw. Regardless of the approach, I take great care in partnering with each person to meet their unique needs.
I've worked with survivors of traumatic stress and traumatic life events. I have extensive experience helping survivors of child abuse, rape, dating violence, domestic violence, community/school violence, and witnesses of violence while incarcerated. My experience also extends to working with professionals who are dealing with secondary trauma, vicarious trauma and/or compassion fatigue. My approach provides a safe, non-judgmental, empowering space for personal development, healing and growth.
As a clinical social worker, I inherently believe in the equality of all human beings and am dedicated to promoting social equality for all. For nearly 25 years, I've worked with individuals who've been impacted by prejudice, racism, sexism, classism, poverty & other types of discrimination/oppression. The result often erodes self-esteem/self-confidence, influences identity, increases anxiety/depression & decreases a future orientation. I bring concrete tools to help address these problems.
The core of my practice is working with individuals who have experienced multiple losses, broken relationships, violent life events, unstable home lives, and/or survived some form of victimization. Examples include the impact of family abuse, intimate partner violence, foster-care, incarceration, assault, bullying, poverty, substance dependence, pre-mature deaths, unnatural death, or community despair. I bring supportive, practical, cognitive-behavioral techniques to address related issues.