I would be honored to hear your story and to support your steps towards feeling a sense of inner-calm and personal empowerment.
Counselor in Madison, WI
Supervised by Shannon Doherty, LMFT
My core beliefs of what it is to understand and connect with another individual is based on seeking to see the good, to understand their deepest desires, to empathize with their struggles, and to be with them. To have unconditional positive regard towards another human being is to accept without judgement, to identify with their struggles, and to value them as they are with no stipulations. I strive to understand and interact with my clients in this way.
As a systemic thinker, I believe that a family is a unit. When one individual in a family is struggling, it is important to view the client in the context of the family. Especially for young children, I will often work with the caregivers to strengthen relationships and to problem-solve as a team.
Emotion Focused Therapy takes place in the present moment; it focuses on how emotions drive our interactional patterns and it aims to strengthen human attachments by normalizing our most basic needs of belonging and acceptance.
The ability to understand an individual's placement within the context of their family of origin gives insight into the roles that they may or may not identify with in their current relationships. Focusing on the role of family relationships and history may help to identify relationship patterns that may or may not be healthy, and may give direction for the therapy process.
As a systemic thinker, I believe that a family is a unit. When one individual in a family is struggling, it is important to view the client in the context of the family. Especially for young children, I will often work with the caregivers to strengthen relationships and to problem-solve as a team. I strive to create an environment that feels safe and relevant to all ages, providing a range of tools and modalities.
The effects of trauma are vast, affecting every individual in their own unique way. For children and adults alike, it is helpful to take a close look at how the brain and body are affected by trauma, to learn together to notice when a trauma response takes over our actions and decisions, to practice coping skills that help regulate the mind and body, and to learn and integrate self-compassion into daily life.
Vulnerability leads to growth. Sharing moments of loss, shame, joy, disappointment, and sorrow can lead to stronger self-acceptance and connection with our loved ones. When I work with individuals and couples experiencing pain, I strive to remain in the present moment, to notice the emotions in the room, and to provide a space that feels supportive, individualized, and one that will lead to healing and growth.