LPC., MS., MA.
Welcome, I am glad that you landed on this page. Making the decision to find help is hard enough. I’m an LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, and I’m here to walk beside you as you find your way to a better and more fulfilling life. My goal in counseling is to create a place where you feel safe enough to tell your story. Do you feel successful on the outside yet lost on the inside? Do you struggle with addiction or low self-worth? Did something bad happen to you and you can’t stop thinking about it? I am passionate about helping you achieve your goals towards a happier life by helping you identify and treat the source of your distress. I am passionate about helping my clients heal their core concerns, rather than focusing on treating the symptoms.
I have worked with a variety of client concerns, from anxiety, foster care and adoption, to addiction, family conflict, anger, and others. I specialize in trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), the number one treatment protocol for trauma and PTSD. I have worked with clients who survived physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect and many more. Let’s heal so we stop hurting and carrying our pain through life. Shame dies when your story is told in a safe place.
- Trauma and PTSD
- Foster care and adoption
When I first started out in the mental health field, I had a master’s in Forensic Psychology. I worked for a counseling agency, and I was eager to figure out why people do the things that they do. “Why do people commit crimes?” I wondered. To my surprise, the answers I found lead to me to being much disheartened with the reality: what I saw was trauma, basic needs not being met and generational issues. Over time, I decided that I wanted to do more and pursued my second master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In 2018, I was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Processing) for the treatment of trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and have been using it ever since. EMDR is a powerful tool for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. If you have tried other treatments for trauma and PTSD and saw little improvements, EMDR may be for you. I now work as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a variety of client concerns, specializing in trauma and PTSD. I have experience working with clients who survived childhood physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect; military related trauma; sexual and physical assault survivors; domestic violence victims; motor vehicle accident victims, and others.
What Approaches/Modalities Inform My Work
I utilize EMDR for the treatment of trauma and PTSD, as well as psychodynamic, trauma focused, cognitive behavioral (CBT), person-centered, and eclectic approaches. I enjoy working with couples and families as well as with children, adolescents, and adults.
What Makes Me Unique
My goal as your counselor is to help you figure out and treat the root cause of your concerns. I believe that many diagnostic labels are only symptoms of a larger underlying cause, and if we can treat the underlying cause of your concerns, the symptoms also dissipate. I can give you tools such as relaxation and breathing techniques, but often, these are what I would describe as Band-Aids that we put on a gaping wound. While they are still helpful, the underlying concern is present and untreated. I am passionate about helping my clients figure out and treat the root cause of their concerns.
I like to laugh and have fun with my clients, but we also talk about deep and difficult things. Therapy is a process that requires collaboration between us and is time that is set aside specifically just for you. I am here to walk beside you as you figure out your way to a better or more fulfilling life.
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Temporary Circumstances podcast was inspired by my former mentor and boss, Bill Mason. Bill tragically passed away in 2019 but I was not ready to let go of the idea of doing a podcast on mental health. Towards the end of 2019, I started to put together the podcast that would become Temporary Circumstances. The name was inspired by the idea that helped me get through difficult times – the idea that everything in life is temporary, and this [pain] too, shall pass. Joined by my co-host, Cora Mayfield, we discuss many topics surrounding mental health on the podcast.
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