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About Me & My Services

As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC # 12680) *, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Certified Life Coach, I help you make the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral changes you seek. By implementing a collaborative, active, direct, integrative, and holistic approach, my goal is to help you establish greater control over your life while enhancing your ability to build meaningful and effective relationships.
 
Together we will uncover your self-defeating beliefs, removing negative or stressful judgments and allowing you to experience a more positive sense of well-being. You will gain the ability to deal with emotional stressors reflectively instead of reflexively, by learning how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, and learn how to regulate your emotions. We will uncover and address patterns in your relationships and take steps to create more secure bonds, developing more trust to move your relationships toward a healthier, more positive direction. To find the internal motivation you need to change your behavior, we will address any ambivalent feelings and insecurities you may be experiencing. We will focus on addressing the root causes of your presenting challenges, rather than just surface symptoms, building on your internal strengths and resourcefulness, and helping you achieve clarity on what matters to you. You will gain the ability to make decisions based on what aligns with your identity and core values, allowing you to get in touch with your true authentic self to lead your most fulfilling life.
 
Trauma is an Integrative Experience that Requires Integrative Healing
 
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), I specialize in treating acute, chronic, and complex trauma. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won't go away. It can leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Trauma can also cause your brain to remain in a state of hypervigilance, suppressing your memory and impulse control. It also traps you in a constant state of strong emotional reactivity.
 
Everyone experiences and processes trauma differently. Traumatic experiences become “imprinted” in the emotional, physical, energetic bodies, and conscious and subconscious minds. Trauma affects us holistically and as such, trauma must be treated through an integrative holistic approach beyond talk-centered therapies. In general, recovery from trauma is the ability to live in the present without being overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings of the past. Central to the experience of trauma are helplessness, isolation, and the loss of power and control. The guiding principles of trauma recovery are the restoration of safety and empowerment. Trauma-informed therapy is not about a specific intervention but rather tailoring interventions in the context of your trauma history, triggers, and specific needs. Furthermore, considers the impact of trauma on emotions, regulation, and behavior.

As someone who has a history of complex trauma personally, I have a good understanding of how scary and difficult the healing journey can be, and how important it is that we go at your pace. As a trauma-informed therapist, I emphasize creating a physically and emotionally safe environment, establishing trust and boundaries, supporting autonomy and choice, creating collaborative relationships and participation opportunities, and using strength and empowerment-focused perspectives to promote resilience while reducing the risk of re-traumatization.

I believe that there’s more to addiction than simply cravings or dependence

I have extensive experience working in the recovery field in various settings. As someone who has a history of addiction, I have a clear and realistic understanding of the struggles one often faces during this journey. I provide alternative approaches to the 12-step model of recovery. There are many paths to recovery, and while the 12 Step Model has worked for many people, others might find success with additional tools. Just because I don’t teach “the steps” in my practice, I never discourage anyone from using any techniques that can help with sobriety. My treatment plans are custom-tailored, consisting of techniques and approaches from a wide range of treatment modalities that specifically suit each person’s needs and goals. I believe that no two people are alike and that everyone has their own unique experience with addiction. It can be difficult to determine for some people, which came first – addiction or mental health issues. One of the main goals of dual diagnosis treatment is to find the root cause of BOTH issues and treat the root causes while eliminating the symptoms. If you refuse to believe that you’re powerless against addiction—and that the common 12-step phrase, “Once an addict, always an addict,” does not hold true for you - a non-12-step approach might be a great fit for you.

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