Hello! I am excited at the possibility of working with you. I recognize reaching out to a therapist can be both exciting and nerve wracking.
Clinical Social Worker in Leesburg, VA
Depending on your comfort, changing chairs from the therapist chair to the client chair may not be so easy. I strive to help you feel comfortable with tending to your own needs when it may come more natural for you to care for others. When we tend to what we need, we are more capable of helping others effectively. Speaking to the choir, I know! You know this already. Why not take time for you? As you know, there's never the perfect time to start, so why not now?
Parenting is one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding responsibility we take on in life. Because of this, we can sometimes lose sight of the positives when our children experience different milestones and stages of development. I find it helpful to help you define your values to best guide our work together. Together, we can figure out what you may benefit from the most-whether it's learning strategies, emotion regulation tips, or building insight into yourself or co-parenting.
Do you worry more than you find helpful? Does it negatively impact your life? Building insight into yourself can help navigate your way through the struggles. Often times our mind is not very helpful when it comes to anxiety and it can play tricks on us. Let's sort out what is helpful for you and what may not be. With my many treatment modalities and your self-expertise, we are surely equipped to get a handle on this to help in this journey of life.
I am trained in EMDR and am working towards certification. EMDR is a series of simple eye movements, coupled with specific questions to help you desensitize and re-process a past trauma/loss you've experienced. The process can help you process memories that perhaps were too difficult to do so before all while helping your brain attach a more positive belief to the memory. I am continuously amazed by the growth this model allows people to make.
CBT is one of the more commonly known about models. I enjoy using CBT because often times it is a natural fit for many. It works with our thoughts in a manner that sometimes can feel more natural to many. You can learn about unhealthy thinking patterns all while changing your patterns to be more helpful for you. Often times, when I engage in this model with clients, there's a level of insight people discover that can often create the "ah ha" moments that are amazing to witness as well.
The ACT model is great for those who feel "stuck" somehow. This may include stuck in a job, unable to make a move; stuck in a relationship, not knowing what to do; stuck in one's head with racing or ruminating thoughts; and more. This model is full of great metaphors and relaxation exercises consistent with mindfulness. It helps you define your values and live a life based on what's important to you, rather than be led by your emotions that often times can negatively influence our decisions.