Therapy can have a significant impact on improving mental health and your overall quality of life.
Therapy can help you manage emotions and reactions through learning strategies and skills that can decrease depression, anxiety, or PTSD/PTSI symptoms. Therapy can help you improve your relationships by developing communication skills, boundaries, and resolving conflicts before they result in ruptures that are beyond repair. Therapy can help reduce stress and anxiety through learning grounding, mindfulness, or other relaxation techniques.
I treat individuals and first responders, ages 18 and up, and support issues in addiction and substance use, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, codependency, and grief.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a structured trauma therapy that helps you reduce the vividness or emotions associated with a memory. EMDR is fast, effective, and helps with reactions and disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and PTSI, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected, and that by changing the way we think and behave, we can improve our mental health. CBT provided practical tools to manage symptoms, develop greater understanding of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The goal of CBT is to develop a more positive outlook, increase self-awareness, and improve overall mental health. CBT is an effective treatment for a range of mental health issues including PTSD or PTSI, burnout, moral injury, anxiety, etc.
Developmental and Relational Trauma (DART)
Developmental and relational trauma are forms of trauma that occurred in childhood and can have a lasting impact on mental health and well-being. Childhood abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual), abandonment, exposure to relationship violence, neglect, and household dysfunction can all contribute to the development of issues in self-esteem, boundaries, moderation, interpersonal issues, identity, shame and guilt, codependency, and so on. Individuals who have experienced developmental and relational trauma are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and other issues. DART explores what you did or did not receive as a child in your family, and how that impacts you in relationships today, and then developing skills to be more functional as an adult.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of CBT that emphasizes the development of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT skills are particularly helpful for first responders who have experienced trauma, as it provides them with practical tools to manage reactions and reduce behaviors. DBT has been shown to be effective in treating depression, PTSD and PTSI, anxiety, and other issues.
Working with first responders is important and something I hold close to my heart.
I believe my skills in empathy, compassion, knowledge, patience and cultural competence and understanding of what first responders face in day to day life make me someone that can be trusted and counted on. It’s important that when you seek help, that the person you work with ‘gets it’.
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