I believe that behaviors that feel out of control are related to feelings that are often unidentified and then turned into actions. I believe that the affect of shame is highly related to many out-of-control behaviors. Shame can be conscious and/or unconscious. I help my clients to develop an awareness of their shame, as well as other feelings, in order for them to use the feeling states in the service of directing their actions consciously and purposefully.
Growing up in a family with addiction increased my interest in trauma-based issues. This began as extensive work in child abuse intervention and prevention. I taught professionals how to identify when children were being harmed and neglected. It became clear in my clinical work that trauma and addiction are deeply interconnected. Trauma disconnects us from parts of ourselves. Our journey in therapy is to reconnect you with those areas, opening your life up to more satisfying love, work, & play.
I hold a doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania where I studied the connection between out-of-control sexual behavior and insecure attachment. We call our practice The Sexuality, Attachment, and Trauma Project because your past impacts the present-day compulsive behaviors bringing you to therapy.