I am here to provide professional, non-judgmental support for those I work with. It is my belief that we all possess and inner wisdom that can guide us to what is true and right for ourselves and I'm passionate about helping the people I work with access this inner knowing and manifest their fullest potential.
To do this, I utilize a variety of frameworks including:
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
I currently work with people experiencing grief due to significant loss, depression, and anxiety. I have received extensive training in grief counseling, trauma informed counseling and I am a trained DBT facilitator.
Grief and Mourning Support
When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end? –Ghalib
Grief is the heart’s very natural response to loss. Although grief is universal, the experience of grief is very personal and your experience may be very different from anyone else’s. Each person experiences grief in their own way which may leave you feeling that the vulnerability, hopelessness, and emptiness you are experiencing cannot be understood by another. Creating a safe place for grief requires a willingness to let go of any expectations of the grief process and other’s beliefs about how and how long you should grieve. This loss is yours. This pain is yours. The healing journey is also yours. Although these are all true, please know that you don’t need to navigate this difficult path on your own. Oftentimes well-meaning and supportive loved ones will try to “fix” your pain, which although well-intentioned, can leave us feeling even more alone and misunderstood. It is important that the people you count on for support allow you to authentically express your feelings of loss and hurt.
It takes courage and grace to grieve the loss of someone or something important to you and your willingness to mourn with someone who can support you in a healthy and helpful way will slowly allow you to acknowledge, integrate, and accept the truth of your loss. This process takes time but it will eventually lead you to a place where your tender heart can open and allow more space for life, joy, and peace.
I support those experiencing grief as a result of the following:
· The death of a loved one
· Child-loss, miscarriage, stillbirth
· Suicide survivors
· Terminal illness diagnosis
· Chronic illness diagnosis
Anxiety and Depression Counseling
We all feel unhappy at times. Feeling sad, is a natural part of life and isn’t necessarily a sign that you should call a therapist. When these feelings are severe or prolonged, and you feel they are interfering with your daily life, your relationships, and sense of well-being, it’s likely time to reach out for help. Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing include:
A loss of interest in everyday activities
Feelings of hopelessness
Changes in appetite, sleep, or sexual desire
Problems with concentration and memory
Like sadness, some anxiety is natural and even helpful. Anxiety warns you when a potential danger or threat is near by. Chronic anxiety can be debilitating and prevent you from living the life you want when the fear becomes so generalized you no longer know what it is you're afraid of. Together we will explore the origins of your anxiety and learn healthy ways of coping with stress. Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing include:
Stomach and digestion issues
Trauma is our response to an event in which we feel we have no control. It can be experienced through the loss of a loved one, being involved in a car accident, being a victim of assault, witnessing a violent act, experiencing childhood abuse or neglect, and through catastrophic events such as fire, tornado, earthquakes, or war.
People affected by trauma often struggle with establishing feelings of safety both in their bodies and in their relationship with others. Working with a trauma-informed therapist can help you re-establish safety and begin healing. Pacing and timing is crucial when working with trauma as remembering and mourning your loss requires space to express feelings and emotions. Through effective trauma counseling, you can hope for meaningful integration of your story and an opportunity to heal and grow.
Chronic Illness and Caregiver Support
The diagnosis of a chronic illness for yourself or a loved one is often a difficult event to process. Feelings of uncertainty, confusion, anger, denial, and grief are just a few of the emotions you may be experiencing. Living with symptoms of a chronic illness can impact your life in many ways and talking with a therapist can help.
If you are caring for an individual who has an illness or disability, you know that it can be demanding and stressful at times. Talking with a therapist can allow you to express your fears and concerns and allow space for you to care for yourself.
Life Transitions Counseling
Change is difficult even when we are adjusting to something that feels positive like marriage, birth of a child, or a new job. Although positive change is something we typically look forward to, it is often accompanied by stress. Other changes such as career change, job loss, a move to a new home, or facing an empty nest can feel beyond our control and be difficult to cope with. It may be time to speak with me if the tranisition you are facing is causing:
Trouble with sleep
Feelings of depression or anxiety
Changes in your eating habits
Drug or alcohol abuse