I'm an experienced, compassionate therapist working in the west loop, with 25 years of experience helping people resolve roadblocks in life.
Therapist in Chicago, IL
I have completed the three year, 216-hour, training in Somatic Experiencing.
I have been participating in therapist training to help clients with trauma throughout my career. I worked for 13 years in a group practice that specialized in working with clients who had been sexually abused.
I am currently in the process of obtaining additional training in IFS, and use many of the principals of Janina Fisher's book, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors in my current work.
I have been certified in DBT and led DBT groups for 6 years. I continue to use diary cards and work books with clients who are interested in learning and practicing DBT skills.
I have completed the three year training to become a Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapist, and belong to a consultation group which meets to continue our training.
My entire career has involved working with people who have experienced abuse and neglect (trauma). I have actively sought out training and education throughout this time, including certification in DBT, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. Given how complex this issue can be, I work carefully with my clients to pick and choose the approaches which will best work for them.
I use a combo approach--getting clear on the negative and often distorted thoughts we have which trigger and maintain our anxiety, and using mindfulness (especially the breath) and somatic experiencing to learn to move from sympathetic arousal to parasympathetic resting.
Many of my clients are immensely relieved just to learn their sensitivity and expressiveness are in fact parts of a temperament--something we are born with, but which is Not admired in our society. Some people benefit from reading the book (The Highly Sensitive Person) or using the accompanying workbook. In therapy, we learn ways to validate our spontaneous reactions and also to manage strong emotions.