I was forced to enter the basement of my soul and look directly at what was hidden there, and to choose, in the face of it all, not death but life. -Henri Nouwen I am a client centered therapist extensively trained in the full spectrum of trauma disorders, grief, and eating disorders. I also work with executives and individuals in the workforce who need coaching on stress management and career development. Within the scope of my expertise, I have had the pleasure and honor to help people of all cultures, races, sexualities, and religions “HEAL or make oneself whole again"; be it in individual therapy, family therapy, or couples therapy. My therapeutic approach is to provide support, nurturing, and practical feedback to help patients effectively address personal life challenges and facilitate the healing process to "move on" in one's life. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each patient. I provide an effective and healthy outlet for an individual to address issues which are preventing them from adaptively coping in their world. I foster an atmosphere in which an individual's mind, body, and soul can heal allowing the individual to reach resolution on issues that are interfering with feeling "whole and connected" in the world around them. With compassion and a nonjudgmental atmosphere I work with each individual to help one heal the underlying wounds that keep getting in the way of living one's life to the fullest. I am a designated certified trauma treatment specialist, board certified expert in traumatic stress, board certified professional counselor, certified first responder counselor, and a licensed mental health counselor. I hold the status of diplomate for both The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and The National Center for Crisis Management. I specialize and am certified in the state of the art therapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults to facilitate the healing process. I have additional expertise and knowledge in the foster care system, sexual/physical abuse, and medical and health issues (cancers, congenital diseases, infertility). I worked with survivors/rescue workers of the September 11th 2001 attacks and was also commissioned to work with several families of firefighters and law enforcement. I currently continue to work with active and retired military, border patrol, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders in the field.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
You'll be changing your FAMILY TREE for the BETTER! Together, we will be identifying not just the symptoms but tracking back to how the symptoms developed and the events that "laid the foundation" for those belief systems and defense mechanisms (often called the Genesis Issues) in your life. By doing so, we get to clear the infection and resolve and digest the things that disrupt your life. You will gain an enormous panoramic perspective of your life, development, and also generational links and trauma. LIBERATION and SELF-VALIDATION...
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
My treatment approach is to provide various psychotherapies individualized to the patient's needs paired with the therapy of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), Flash Technique, CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I believe a great strength I possess in the area of my work is in "cracking the code." I have made trauma therapy and everything that falls under that "umbrella" , whether it be, dysfunctional relationships, addictions, parenting, low self-esteem, procrastination, etc. my life's study. In doing so, I have learned each individual has their own unique trauma code that plays out based on genetics, environment, temperament, resilience, etc. Unlocking the code in union with the patient and helping to create new neural pathways to health is what I love to do. It is more of a blessing than a strength to be part of that transition with each individual.