Trauma. Anxiety. Depression. Low Self-Esteem. Addiction. These are some of the topics I specialize in during individual therapy, using a variety of modalities to work toward identified goals for therapy. I approach individual therapy with openness and a desire to help you identify goals and objectives meaningful in your life. With a background in addiction treatment, I approach therapy from a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness approach, where challenging negative thoughts/beliefs is key to developing a healthier sense of self. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help individuals who have suffered a traumatic event or events in their life.
Trauma is defined as "an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent; a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury; an emotional upset the personal trauma of an executive who is not living up to his own expectations" ~ Merriam Webster
Unprocessed event(s) of trauma in life can bring up physiological symptoms in the present moment, symptoms such as increased anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, sleep difficulties, and increased reactivity. EMDR can help individuals process through current physiological symptoms, which may be linked to trauma from the past, and develop healthier coping skills for the present and future.
No matter what brings you into therapy, I am here to help you identify elements in your life that may have "gotten off track" and guide you in selecting reasonable goals/objectives to make healthy changes in your life. Because I meet you where you are at (emotionally speaking), you are in charge of what changes to make and how quickly you wish to implement any changes into your life. Together, my goal is to help you improve your life and believe you have many of the answers needed to move forward in life. Let's take this journey together!