Working with those involved with the criminal justice system is my calling. Working with those who self-harm is one of my many skills.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL
CBT is what I call "the life problem solver". It's amazing how much can change when we start being able to identify and change our cognitive distortions. I generally utilize CBT when treating depression, adjustment issues and anxiety. I even use it for individuals experiencing psychotic disorders.
I have specific training on implementing various components of DBT. I am trained in skills training. While I cannot offer "pure" DBT, the services I am able to provide encompass the philosophy behind DBT as well as the skills interventions. DBT is the go to intervention for tough to treat problems related to personality disorders.
Sometimes we have a problems in life that we need to figure out how to address quickly. Solution Focused Brief Therapy is the answer. We identify a problem, figure out potential solutions and put those solutions into practice.
I have experience and success in teaching people how to manage the negative behaviors associated with Antisocial and Borderline personality disorders so they can live a fuller life that also helps them reduce their harm to others. I keep up with the latest research and treatment for both disorders and utilize evidenced based approaches for treatment. It is an absolute myth that both disorders can't be treated. It takes more work but it is possible.
One reason I am leaving my work in the prison system is the lack of people providing mental health services specific to those releasing back into our communities. Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world.
While some providers may run away from this problem, I run towards treating it! One of the best things I get to experience as a professional is when I get to teach someone how to reduce self-harming behaviors and get their needs met in a healthier way. I have years of experience treating this behavior with successful resolution of self-harming behaviors. There is a reason for self-harming and when we can discover why, we can discover what to do instead.