“I am fascinated by the world of polyvagal therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose the name of my business, Radical Love Counseling, because it embodies how I approach individuals and counseling. I believe in the power of a nonjudgmental, empathic approach when it comes to assisting others in moving through their more difficult moments in life. This belief stems from my interest and personal experience in working with those of us who are struggling with complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse, and psychosis. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings, everything from crisis psychiatric emergencies to individual and group counseling for individuals from all walks of life. I believe we are each trying our hardest with what we have at the moment, and we each have strengths and skills to build upon and the capacity to grow. I blend my previous knowledge of holistic practices with various therapeutic techniques to incorporate the healing dynamics of our minds and bodies.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach the intake as a conversation that naturally flows, with a little direction, of course. We assess the current struggles and ask, "What would I like to see different for myself?" This allows us to build a treatment plan that best suits you. For some, that may look like traditional psychotherapy where you talk and I help point out the patterns and teach skills to help you navigate the patterns. For others, it can be more active and involve going through a curriculum to learn about ourselves and how to best cope with stress. I rely on the use of workbooks, worksheets, personal journals, and book recommendations.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core beliefs of equality, social justice, and human rights really come through in my counseling style, as I may point out how the bigger picture/environment also affects your beliefs about yourself. I believe in smashing societal norms and challenging old belief systems as a form of self-acceptance and self-love.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am fascinated by the world of polyvagal therapy. It is such a groundbreaking technique that allows us to utilize that ever-so-important mind-body connection to facilitate our healing.
“It is such a groundbreaking technique that allows us to utilize that ever-so-important mind-body connection to facilitate our healing.”