When working with clients, my number one priority is to create a safe environment and develop a strong, collaborative relationship. I explain to every new person that I work with that therapy is a difficult process. However, when a safe environment is created, this can ease that difficulty. I am trained as a generalist psychologist which means that I can work with a majority of presenting concerns and life struggles. I work from an integrative therapeutic approach, primarily using interventions from Cognitive Therapy, Systems Theory, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This approach affords me the flexibility to create a plan with my clients that is tailored to their unique needs. In addition, I pride myself on being a multiculturally competent therapist and have attended numerous classes and trainings to help me understand the client’s struggles through his or her unique world view.
My clinical experiences ranges from working with adolescents to adults in a variety of different settings, ranging from inpatient care to individual therapy. I have also provided group therapy, couples counseling, consultation, and crisis intervention services. Prior to my time working at LivingRite, I spent four years as a psychologist at NIU, providing free counseling services to students experiencing significant emotional distress as the result of a multitude of factors including, but not limited to: trauma, abuse, difficult family situations, and/or mood disorders.
Areas of Specialty
When it comes to trauma and abuse, I work closely with my clients to guide them in taking a slow, methodical approach to help them process the past event or events and explore how that is impacting their current functioning. In my approach, I use an integrative, multi-modal approach that takes from EFT, Prolonged Exposure, and Humanistic Therapies. In addition, I have extensive experience working with more subtle types of abuse such as emotional abuse. Finally, I believe that it is important to not only assist the victims of trauma and abuse but also to help perpetrators of said acts to help them make changes if they are ready to engage in that process.
Healthy Emotional Expression
In today’s society, it is my belief that we have been encouraged to ignore our emotions, especially negative emotions. I work with my clients to help them learn to recognize, express, and most importantly, accept their emotions which allows for true healing to take place. Unhealthy emotional expression is seen in areas such as substance use, anger management, social anxiety, and unhealthy communication.
Depression. Anxiety. Bipolar. These are words that have become common place in today’s culture. It is tremendous that the universalization of these words have helped raise awareness of mental health concerns; however, these are still powerful words which often carry stigma in society. It is my firm belief that a majority of people encountering mood disorders are in fact acting normally to abnormal situations and that these responses once served a purpose. It is my goal working with clients to help them explore the roots of how these patterns developed and help modify or add new ways of approaching said concerns.