I'm currently providing in-person office visits, and online therapy in NC and Maine for adults, families, and teens ages 14 and up.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marion, NC
I took a strong interest in existential philosophy as an undergraduate and it has definitely influenced my approach as a counselor. I am prepared to work along with you to explore your experiences, perspectives, values, ideals, and assumptions. One of the goals of existential therapy is to embrace the anxieties of life as well as the freedoms we have, while taking full responsibility for doing so. Some common goals my clients have is to find their own meaning, and live in the present.
I identify as a person-centered therapist because I strongly hold that you are the expert on you. We may borrow tools from many kinds of therapy, but your preferences and goals will take first priority in our work and you'll have a say in which modalities or activities we explore (or don't!). I belive in the power of active listening and let you decide what's right or wrong for you. This means I don't give you the "right" answer, because my "right" may be different from yours - and that's okay!
I am trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as of March 2020 via EMDR Consulting. Since then I have been utilizing learned strategies and techniques based in neurobiology to support clients to recover from traumatic experiences, as well as resolving persistent negative self-beliefs. I continue to have positive outcomes supporting clients with this modality. Online clients may either provide their own bilateral stimulation or make use of electronic resources.
I have experience supporting folx in both inpatient and outpatient settings with Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, and Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). I provide compassionate and body-acceptance -based support using interventions tailored individually for you.
I have experience treating PTSD in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Every intervention I use is trauma-informed as well as based in neurobiology. EMDR is presently the most widely-recognized evidence-based treatment for PTSD and I enjoy using it in my practice. I also utilize body-based interventions such as Community Resiliency Model, self-compassion, and cognitive interweaves such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
I have extensive experience supporting folx with anxiety spectrum disorders, excessive worry, or fears including Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Illness Anxiety. Some interventions we may use are ACT, ERP/exposure, mindfulness, EMDR, and self-compassion to finally release those fears for good!
EMDR is the most-recommended treatment for those with PTSD. I have extensive practice and knowledge in how trauma affects our nervous system, and can provide you with tools to manage symptoms the very first session.
I've worked with adolescents for all of my therapy career. High school is an important time for exploration - in personality, preferences, identity, and boundaries, and I find this work enjoyable and rewarding. Something unique about my practice is that I require families to be involved in treatment for individuals under 18. Let's talk about how I may be able to help your teen manage their feelings in healthy ways.
EMDR is the most-recommended and evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I'm excited to share this modality with you, and to offer lots of education on how traumatic experiences affect the brain and body. I can also offer tools to help address symptoms in our very first session.
As a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-Associate, I have specialized training in supporting folx with concerns about drug and alcohol use. I support harm-reductionist approaches, de-stigmatizing substance use, and can provide reliable information about risks, effects, and ways to support a loved one.