I specialize in working with adults who are held back by anxiety. By understanding the neuroscience behind anxiety, I work with clients to develop an understanding of their own fear reactions and develop ways to manage those reactions, rather than trying to force them away. This approach has been very effective with clients who no longer fear their fears.
I spent 18 months at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center working with military servicemembers, veterans, and their families. I've learned the unique aspects of military culture and how the culture impacts veterans - even those who don't have PTSD. I'm able to work with high-achievers to be able to maintain their skills set while development mindfulness and coping mechanisms for civilian life.
I am EMDR trained and have advanced training in complex trauma treatment. With clients who have PTSD or have experienced trauma, I help them understand the neurobiological mechanisms of their trauma symptoms. Trauma symptoms are a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. By understanding how their brain is a normal, functioning brain, clients are able to work with their own thought patterns to manage and overcome their symptoms and be who they were meant to be.
ACT is a simple concept: accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can. It's an extraordinary tool to help clients reframe their choices and behaviors and learn to redirect energy away from fighting with themselves to living their true values and purpose. It can be lifechanging for clients, and it's a great, useful tool to manage day-to-day life.
EMDR is an evidence-based practice, and one of only two that are accepted by the Veterans Administration for the treatment of PTSD. EMDR helps your brain go through the natural process of healing from traumatic memories in a relatively short amount of time. For some, EMDR is life-changing.
Mindfulness-based therapy is a technique that uses focus, grounding, and present-moment awareness to calm anxiety, increase concentration, and allow you to develop skills to manage distress, anxiety, boredom, irritability, and other irritating emotions. Mindfulness doesn't just mean meditation. I use several techniques to help find the mindfulness skills that work best for you.