I am an experienced therapist specializing in anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. My style is warm, laid-back, and straight-forward.
Therapist in Richmond Heights, MO
Some things are classic for a reason. CBT is consistently recognized as one of the most effective forms of treatment for anxiety, depression, negative self-talk, and many other issues. The goal of CBT is to increase your awareness of how you think, how that affects how you feel and act, and how to challenge those old thought patterns and replace them with something that works better for you.
I have over a decade of experience using motivational interviewing effectively. MI recognizes that you, the client, are the expert on yourself and your lived experience. My role is to partner with you to explore your reasons to change, as well as your reasons to not change, to respect where you are in the process, and to elicit motivation to make those changes that will transform your life for the better.
I go to every mindfulness based training I can get my hands on for 2 reasons: 1-it's SUPER relaxing to take a day off work and go to a mindfulness training. 2-More importantly, mindfulness is really effective for almost every issue I have ever treated. It is at the very top of evidenced based treatments for my specialties-ADHD, anxiety, and trauma. If we are able to pair a relaxed mind and body and acceptance of the present moment with any of these issues, we are going to see progress.
I find people with ADHD to be an absolute joy to work with. I am constantly engaging in additional training, reading, and other educational opportunities to learn everything I can about how adults with ADHD can improve their lives and make the most of their unique brains. This first involves assessing executive functioning and how it impacts you and making a plan for better living that complements how your mind works. Secondly, we will work on healing how ADHD has made you feel about yourself.
The people I work with tend to be very hard on themselves. They often have a history of being treated carelessly by a parent, a partner, or someone else they trusted. Others are working to overcome the messages they received from the world around them due to growing up with ADHD, often without the benefit of a diagnosis to help them understand why they felt this way. Regardless of the reason, building self-compassion in therapy can be a beautiful practice that affects all areas of your life.