Areas of Expertise:
Trauma: My work is trauma informed, as most of my experience is working with survivors of traumatic experiences. Therefore, I am adept in the different ways that trauma can effect an individual, whether it be somatically, creatively, or spiritually. Often trauma effects more than one aspect of the self resulting in a disconnection. Our work is to find re-connection with yourself, community and spirituality (if you wish to work from a faith based perspective). Much of my work with trauma incorporates identifying what happens in the body (somatically). When trauma occurs the body tends to hold anxiety, fear, sadness or anger. Noticing these nuances and how the body copes and adapts to trauma can help to unlock and release these painful experiences. I am EMDR trained.
Spirituality: This is another area of great interest for me. For clients that have a spiritual background I find great pleasure in working from a faith based approach. Leaving this aspect out of therapy can be disconnecting for those who believe. Therefore, it is of supreme importance to me to have this aspect of yourself actively engaged throughout treatment. Clients who share a Christian faith can integrate faith into the work, as spirituality can be instrumental to healing. Offering this component to treatment can help clients move into a present/ future focus, while resolving the past, and aid in understanding and discovering their truest identity.
Anxiety: If you find yourself asking "what if" or circling around repetitive thoughts of what your circumstances "should be" or "would be" you may be struggling with anxiety. We have all pondered these questions at some point. However if you keep getting stuck at these same points or find yourself, having difficulty separating who you should be from who you are, therapy can be a safe space to explore why. Anxiety can manifest itself in several ways. Typically it can be through unhelpful thought patterns and or through uncomfortable physical sensations. Using self- regulation tools and mindfulness/contemplative based approaches we can address the underlying fears that trigger anxiety and together work on getting to a place of self-acceptance so that you can understand what the anxiety you're experiencing is motivating you to do. As a result your relationship with yourself and others can be filled with freedom and authenticity once you explore this complex issue.
Couples: Some of my favorite moments as a therapist are when couples grasp the simplicity of how to repair their connection while in times of great complexity. Relationships are often times made up of the "smaller" moments. Drawing from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method, I help couples to turn towards each other more and repair conflicts sooner. No relationship is perfect and it's usually less a matter of "if" and more of "when" trouble or conflict will arise in a relationship. Whether navigating a difficult season or understanding each other's approach to parenting; I want to equip couples with the tools to build a foundation that last a lifetime.
Why should I see a Marriage and Family Therapist?
As per aamft.org
- 'MFTs are unique because they are trained in both psychotherapy and family systems, which allows them to focus on understanding client symptoms in the context of the relational interactions that influence behavior. The problem does not define the client but rather is a symptom of his or her system.
- MFTs work with individuals, couples and families. Whoever the client, MFTs view problems from a relationship perspective.
- Family-based therapy is a powerful model for change. Research has shown that family-based interventions such as those utilized by MFTs are as effective as– and in many cases more effective than– alternative therapies, often at a lower cost.
- MFTs work with a wide range of clinical issues, including depression, relationship problems, anxiety, affective (mood) disorders, substance abuse, and more. Find out more about specific clinical issues by reviewing AAMFT’s Therapy Topics online.
- MFTs apply a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
- MFTs practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Over 65% of cases are completed within 20 sessions and over 87% by 50 sessions.'-AAMFT.org