I am a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (LPC-s) and a Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP). I am passionate about helping people find healing, freedom and peace in the midst of their struggles. Whether it is trauma symptoms, addiction, unhealthy relationships, painful behavioral/emotional patterns, THERE IS HOPE!
I believe deeply in learning how to exist with what is, searching for what we can let go of and living our lives with capacity to be fully present to ourselves and those around us. Furthermore, learning to live present to the joy that exists in our lives, rather than being overcome by its struggles. I believe that we do not find healing in perfection, but in acceptance. I believe deeply that we can exist in peace in the midst of any storm.
My approach. As a mind/body therapist, my approach to the healing process combines traditional counseling modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral and Family of Origin work with an approach called Somatic Experiencing (SE). This approach, in short, works to determine how the Central Nervous System is holding and existing with the effects of past trauma and current stressors. The goal is to assist the body in releasing what SE calls stored trauma energy, which can show up as anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorders), chronic pain, relationship difficulties, addiction and codependence, in addition to many other symptoms. It does so by working with our innate fight, flight, freeze responses and assisting the body to complete these responses, and therefore, moving out of a "stuck" or habitually debilitating way of existence.
My expertise lies in trauma – childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse, PTSD, combat trauma, domestic violence. I also have extensive experience in addiction and I believe addiction to be a disease of disconnection, pain and overwhelm, not merely poor choices. I have experience working with grief counseling, mood disorders, pre and perinatal preparation, anxiety and trauma (including c-section and traumatic birth). I have worked in inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as in Domestic Violence shelters and community centers. I now own my own practice and am available to walk with you through the difficulties you are facing – whether they appear internal or external.
I also offer clinical trainings and CEUs for those in the mental health profession, and engage in public speaking events. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to speaking with you.
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