Specializing in Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustments & Transitions, and Substance Use
I have a wealth of experience in the assessment and treatment of PTSD/Trauma-related disorders. I worked as a specialist within the Veterans Health Administration for 12 years treating various forms of trauma through the use of proven, effective therapies that truly help people regain their lives and attain the life satisfaction they desire. I most often utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy to address PTSD symptoms, both in which I have received extensive training.
Anxiety is one of the mostly commonly experienced conditions and is very treatable! Research demonstrates that engaging in therapy to address anxiety is as helpful as medication in many cases without the potential side-effects and with long-term benefits that last. I will help teach you tools to think about situations in a healthier way to reduce your baseline level of anxiety, as well as, assist you in learning direct coping skills to address acute anxiety when it hits. I most often utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relaxation Skills, and Mindfulness-based interventions to most effectively address the anxiety.
So many individuals struggle with depression, and when in the throws of a depressive episode, hopelessness can sink in making it seem like nothing will ever get better. Active engagement in therapy to treat the depression can be immensely helpful. I will help you discover the root cause of the depression and develop a plan to address the source of the issue and teach you the skills needed to avoid the negative patterns that contribute to the depression. I tailor the treatment to the individualized needs of the client, most often using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills, and/or Interpersonal Therapy for Depression.
Significant life events such as a loss, a change of jobs, a move or any other major life transition can create distress in our lives. Even when the change is a positive thing, we can still experience an adjustment period of stress and feeling overwhelmed. Having a support and guide in these times can aid in settling into the new norm. At times, the adjustment can be challenging and contribute to symptoms of anxiety or depression that can be directly addressed to help the person return to baseline or perhaps even healthier than their previous experience.
I am very comfortable working with individuals wanting to change their substance use. In my VA career, I specialized in treating people struggling with substances as well as other mental health conditions occurring at the same time. I assist individuals in more fully understanding their patterns of using from a place of non-judgement, identifying the underlying issues that the substances are often being used to mask or numb. We discover as a team the reinforcing aspects of the use, despite awareness of the negative consequences, and figure out a new way to navigate the distress. My approach is to meet individuals where they are in different stages of recovery and readiness for change and develop a model of treatment to best meet individual's personal substance-related treatment goals.
While I do not specialize in specific modalities of couples counseling, I am able to assist individuals or couples in developing healthier communication skills that can improve relationships as well as improve functioning in other important areas such as the work setting. Learning how to best address things early on with an approach that best meets your personal needs can be such a life-changing tool!