Many people who have experienced trauma do not develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however, they often still benefit from working with a highly trained therapist to work through the complicated symptoms that often follow a traumatic incident. Research shows that obtaining therapy quickly after a trauma can often prevent the development of PTSD symptoms. If PTSD has developed, either from a single incident trauma or multiple traumas, it can be successfully treated and recovery is possible.
Trauma can change the way you think about yourself and how you interact with the world. You may believe you are to blame for what happened. After a trauma or upsetting life events, people often have trouble making sense of what happened to them and struggle to return to their “normal” life. Trauma therapies can help your body and mind to heal providing you a sense of peace, safety, and the ability to resume fully living your life.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method. Each modality has a different approach which allows us to decide together what best fits your needs, your personality and will give us the tools needed to address the trauma(s) deeper than traditional talk therapy can while allowing the body and mind to heal.
Many clients are hesitant to begin therapy because they often struggle to put into words what exactly is bothering them or they simply just don’t know where to begin. Through the use of sand-tray therapy children, teens, and even adults can effectively express and process their inner thoughts, struggles, concerns, and emotions.
Sandplay is hands-on psychological work. It is a powerful therapeutic technique that opens up your minds natural capacity for healing. The client chooses from a large collection of minatures to build a small world reflecting what is going on in their lives. Sandplay can give both children and adults the opportunity to portray, rather than verbalize, emotions and experiences that are difficult to express in words which often leads to insights and powerful internal healing.
Play is not just for children! Many teens, adults and senior clients also find playing games, drawing, putting together puzzles, etc. to be an invaluable way to relax and keep the hands busy while doing the work of therapy.
Families face all kinds of challenges and struggles. In our family of origin, we learn how to love, interact, habits, customs, rituals, and our views of the world. If we are born into a healthy family, we learn to create and maintain healthy relationships. If we are born into a less than healthy family we may struggle to connect with others in a healthy way. Family therapy can help you create a healthy environment where you and your family can learn to express and accept love, interact in an effective manner, create your own habits, customs, and rituals, and face the world together.
One of my specialties is helping parents learn to communicate more effectively with each other and their children, create effective discipline that works within your shared values, and create a strong foundation for building the family you want and deserve.
Family therapy is often challenging but I am skilled in helping you walk through the difficulties so you can join together and become stronger than ever. Family therapy can involve parent coaching, experiential activities with the whole family, practicing communication skills, and more. We will work together to find the right mix of activities to help your family grow stronger.
The adolescent and young adult years are difficult under the best of circumstances. Many teens and young adults today struggle with adjusting to middle school, high school or college, peer relationships, anxiety, depression, bullying, alcohol or drug use, sexuality, gender, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts. Many teens and young adults benefit from a non-judgmental, supportive, and encouraging counselor to assist them in finding their true selves, their voice, and their place in the world.
One of my passions is helping teens and young adults discover their own values, their own truths, and how to be their own best person while functioning effectively within their family, school, and community. In my office, teens and young adults can find acceptance, feel understood and comfortable as they navigate through these extremely challenging years.
As needed or desired, parents, or other loved ones, can be brought into sessions in order to facilitate communication and relationship building.