Hi! I'm Rennie. I specialize in adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety and have difficulty feeling fulfilled in their lives.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Conshohocken, PA
I treat individuals suffering from mild to extreme OCD: Contamination, Harm, Symmetry/Order, and Purely Obsessional. I utilize evidence based treatments such as exposure and response prevention and cognitive behavioral therapy. These techniques I have found to be most helpful in the immediate and long term of a client's treatment. My approach is evidence-based, compassionate, relatable, and nonjudgemental.
I have extensive training in treating Trichotillomania (Hair pulling disorder) and Excoriation Disorder (compulsive skin picking) in children, adolescents, and adults. I utilize a combination of evidence-based behavioral therapies and recognize that every BFRB is unique to the individual. I provide a gentle, encouraging approach to treatment. We explore not only the pulling/picking/biting behavior but the underlying feelings behind the behaviors.
I work often with individuals who have experienced traumatic events such as: rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, war, emotional abuse, domestic violence, religious trauma, and many other experiences. I often tell clients that trauma memories are like carrying around a big boulder on our shoulders. We can't erase memories, but we can make them feel more like a pebble in our pocket. We work to identify current symptoms and reprocess in a way that makes life more fulfilling.
Many of my clients report symptoms of anxiety including: hypervigilance, difficulty sleeping, trouble relaxing, worry or rumination, nausea, nightmares and shortness of breath. Oftentimes anxiety symptoms play on an anxiety/depression loop, where we might experience anxiety for many days followed by a low energy depression. I help clients navigate these symptoms and learn in-real-time strategies for coping. We also work to get a sense of where the anxiety is coming from.