Counseling and Psychotherapy
I offer counseling and psychotherapy in an integrated model of care, providing a safe, supportive environment through a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship. This supports the process of recovery from emotional conditions, development of skills to improve mental and physical health, and empowerment, to live a meaningful, content, and fulfilled life.
Addressing the root of nearly all emotional conditions requires resolving traumatic experiences and managing life stressors more effectively. Constant exposure to chronic stress results in numerous physical health issues as well as chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, psychosis, mood disorders, and cognitive impairment (memory loss and diminished ability to think, learn, and concentrate). Similarly, traumatic experiences often underlie many long term physical health conditions. In addition, unresolved trauma can develop into detrimental coping mechanisms, cognitive dysfunction, long term changes to mood, behavior, relationships, and self-concept, intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares, physical and emotional distress, anxiety and panic attacks, memory loss, negative thoughts about self and others, diminished self-esteem, self-blame, loss of motivation and interest, isolation, the inability to feel positive emotions, and mental exhaustion.
Core issues are addressed by first identifying and acknowledging them, gaining a better understanding of their impact, and then reprogramming the mind and learning coping skills to better navigate life’s challenges.
Mindfulness of thoughts and self-talk patterns allows for change that results in increased emotional and physical well-being. Every thought creates an electrical and chemical reaction that not only affects the brain, but interacts with every cell in the body, even activating or de-activating genes in our DNA.
Past traumatic memories can be explored, processed, and reconsolidated. This allows for mental and somatic traumatic remnants to be cleared, dissolved and released through the empowerment of agency and focused awareness. My process for resolving trauma related issues starts with a focus on emotional regulation, overall stability, increased resilience and ability to tolerate typical stressors. With a stronger foundation, the individual is better prepared to respond to past trauma, unexpected and expected, and trauma triggers while maintaining the nervous system within the window of tolerance and preserving a sense of control and choice.