Making the decision to engage in psychotherapy is an important step in healing from traumatic life events that leave emotional wounds long into adulthood. My approach to working with individuals suffering from traumatic stress comes from an understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Often traditional talk therapy is ineffective until one learns how to calm the body’s heightened state of anxiety and therefore allowing the mind to focus on healing rather than survival.
My approach to substance use is based on my belief that it is often a maladaptive coping strategy in response to traumatic experiences. I work primarily on addressing the underlying mental health and trauma related symptoms that drive substance use and assist clients to develop alternate coping strategies for emotional distress and build capacity to tolerate distressful moments using somatic resources.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor with extensive knowledge and experience working with individuals who have early childhood experiences of complex trauma. In addition to using traditional psychotherapy techniques, I am trained in Attachment Focused EMDR , completing an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training through the Parnell Institute. I also utilize Sensory Motor Psychotherapy for treating the symptoms of PTSD and complex trauma, having completed Level 1 and Advanced Trauma Training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute . I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and promote the benefits of combining yoga practices (meditation, breathing, postures, etc) with psychotherapy.
I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become. ~Carl Jung