How I Can Help
I believe the most important element of effective psychotherapy is the genuine connection between the client and therapist.
My approach to therapy is interactive, supportive and empathic. I see psychotherapy as a creative process, and you and I would be co-partners in this process of exploration and discovery.
We can work together to explore your feelings of depression, anxiety, or shame which are often the result from a trauma, or a series of traumas. I have found that the most effective therapy has an individualized focus and is a collaboration between you and me.
My specialty is in integrating cognitive behavioral and insight-oriented techniques to best address your area of growth. Psychotherapy helps people by exploring possible alternative ways of thinking and behaving – the building blocks for the change process.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety can be overwhelming. It drains your energy, mutes color from the world, and leaves you feeling helpless and hopeless. You can remember happiness, pleasure and meaning, but those feelings are distant, and there is the fear that you’ll never be yourself again. That is not having the blues, which comes and goes for all of us.
When the dark cloud of depression and anxiety descends it can be a struggle to get out of bed, show up for work or school, or simply be around others. As you isolate from those that you love, your thoughts grow darker and the circle tightens.
Counseling can help by exploring new ways of thinking, feeling, and doing. You and I will uncover the underlying thoughts and beliefs that are trapping you with fear, anger, poor self-esteem, which may be the results from trauma. Once you understand these underlying beliefs through our sessions, you create healthier choices for living. My goal is for us to work together so you can identify where you are stuck, and from that insight, you tailor your own best-fit treatment plan. You will relearn how to trust your inner-healer, your intuition.
Do you find yourself burdened with a sense of being flawed or defective? An undercurrent of worry that you’re a failure, so therefore why even try for your dreams? Shame may be at the root of such a secretive emotion. When we’re feeling stuck we tend to procrastinate tasks that could help us to get unstuck and move forward.
Therefore in avoiding the pain of doing the work, which feels like a relief in the moment, we become overwhelmed in the long haul. Or we can be perfectionist and get lost in the details until the task becomes a burden, and the goal scrapped into the I’ll-do-it-tomorrow file. Except we don’t get around to it. Sound familiar?
With the help of counseling you can take a more objective look at your inner dialogue that keeps you “safe”, thus stuck. You can learn to take concrete actions to what you really want, rather than what you’ve settled for. You’ll learn how to tolerate the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings while taking small, doable steps in order to develop the most important tool of all - discipline.
Sneaky, hidden shame sabotages us from going after that degree, interviewing for that job, or going after the creative project that dims with time. Yet successful people know that the only way to grow is to make mistakes, lots of them! If we don’t even try, then we don’t really fail. Please don’t do that to yourself.
If something traumatic has happened to you, your mind may continue to hold on to the original picture, feelings, sensations, sounds, and thoughts. When these painful experiences are triggered, your nervous system may go from shock, numb, or frozen, to activated with anxiety, rage, or terror.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It’s research-based therapy with over 20 years of scientific validation. EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of your body. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1990s in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images; the therapist then directs the patient in one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping.
EMDR has been proven to be effective in clearing trauma that is stuck in your nervous system because it stimulates the same benefits created in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Even after only a few treatment sessions, the bilateral stimulation of EMDR may help free you from the suffering, negative beliefs, and triggers caused by the original trauma.