My Therapeutic Approach

I often say to clients when I meet them for the first time, that life is about getting to understand why we feel the way we feel and to understand, we must peel the protective layers that we placed ourselves in, in order to feel no pain. I call it “peeling the onion” the core of the onion is our root, and to understand, we must get to the root of the issue.

My services cover a variety of issues that has been targeted in most age groups. I specialize in clients from ages 13 and up.

Effective therapeutic approaches, depending on the issue, include:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

• Mindfulness Based Therapy or Self-Regulation Techniques

• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

• Exposure Therapy

• Talk Therapy

• Person-Centered Therapy

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

PTSD/Trauma

Military, Veterans, First Responders, Corrections, Probation & Parole, Adults, Teens and Children. The body remembers. The Body Keeps Score.

Memories buried deep down until an event, a sound, a sight, a touch, a word or a person awakens them.  De-realization is a real thing for those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Injury. A reoccurring dream that feels so alive that you are having an out of body experience, this is what trauma does to the psyche.

There are variations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and most Mental Health Professionals are aware that taking the word Disorder out is much more effective towards healing. We are now changing our language from PTSD to PTSI – Post Traumatic Stress Injury.

Variations of PTSI:
• Normal Stress Response
• Acute Stress Disorder
• Uncomplicated PTSI
• Comorbid PTSI
• Complex PTSI
• Secondary PTSI
• Pre-Triggers and Triggers

Pre-Triggers is often defined as the subtle physiological changes that occurs just before triggers began. Triggers can have a damaging effect on an individual including their families.

Bullying

Sometimes things that often come easy for some, may be extremely challenging for others. Disabilities doesn’t define who you are, it actually is the opposite. Once you know that you are as capable as another person, it empowers you to do things you always wanted to do despite the limitations you may have.

Depression

It isn’t easy to ask for help. It isn’t easy to you’re sad. It isn’t easy to say you feel numb. However one phrase can make it easier for you to seek help, to feel your sadness, to understand your sadness “are you okay”. We continue to use Depression screening techniques, a quick way of determining the next part of your healing.

Learning Disabilities

Sometimes things that often come easy for some, may be extremely challenging for others. Disabilities doesn’t define who you are, it actually is the opposite. Once you know that you are as capable as another person, it empowers you to do things you always wanted to do despite the limitations you may have.

Eating Disorders

Body distortion is a real thing and it truly has nothing to do with food, but more so of control and trauma.

Suicidal Ideation

The thought of a plan, the processing of darkness and the endless feel of hopelessness and unworthiness.

Anxiety

There are different forms of anxiety and each form may be different from one person to the next.