“I am a licensed psychotherapist who is also a survivor of childhood trauma; I've committed my life and over 25 years of my career to unlocking the prison of complex PTSD for myself and for my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?
I aspired to become a therapist after discovering through my own therapy (at 18) that it was possible to be happy in spite of childhood trauma. I knew I wanted to help other people feel happiness instead of hopelessness. Five years later, I began my journey to becoming a therapist. Since seeing my first clients 27 years ago, I’ve come to understand that I must be awake and active in my own healing system in order to guide you in your healing system. I have deepened the healing process for myself and discovered the keys to effectively leaving trauma in the past and I’d love to help you on your journey toward self-discovery, healing, and more fulfilling relationships. You can learn more about my approach to healing by visiting my YouTube channel (just search for my name). I also practice somatic and attachment-focused EMDR.
What should someone know about working with you?
Effective therapy requires the therapist to teach, guide, and support you in activating your own healing system. I specialize in helping you understand how to do this without asking you to tell the details of your traumatic stories. My approach is focused on empowering you to develop the skills and tools necessary to get you where you want your life to go, effectively, efficiently, and consistently. I do this by transparently answering your questions, helping you feel safe in our working relationship, assigning video homework assignments and worksheets, clearly explaining what is happening so you understand why you’re struggling the way you are and what to do about it, and giving you specific strategies that will target the painful impact of past traumas in a way that will allow you to feel in control as you move from overwhelmed, triggered, and discouraged to calm, confident, and able to enjoy life without fear.
How do your own core values shape your approach to care?
To help you heal, I emphasize certain core values. First is transparency; I will always be clear about what I’m thinking, answering any questions you have, and discussing any aspect of our relationship. The healing relationship has to model the opposite of what your childhood showed you. I also practice freedom; I promise to share the options I see for you in your overall healing as well as in each session with me so you can choose your path. The ability to choose what is best for you rather than having it imposed on you by someone who “knows what’s best” is optimal for healing. Finally, there’s empowerment; the therapeutic relationship can naturally feel like an uneven power dynamic, but I do everything I can to ensure that the above principles are in place. I want you to be in charge of your journey and feel a sense of agency to the fullest degree.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth is exciting to me because it has allowed me to reach and help many more people. The telehealth platform also allows my clients and me to practice self-care while getting therapeutic support. Another exciting aspect is that, according to Verified Market Research's website, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective strategies for telehealth in that it “gives [clients] the ability to recognize and alter their own patterns of behavior in order to reduce stress-related issues and improve overall well-being.” My strategies for healing trauma incorporate CBT principles, so this is very good news! I also LOVE being able to use EMDR remotely because of new technology that enables this innovative and impactful healing modality to reach more people who need it.
What makes your approach to healing childhood trauma unique?
I am a licensed psychotherapist who is also a survivor of childhood trauma; I've committed my life and over 25 years of my career to unlocking the prison of complex PTSD for myself and for my clients. During those 25 years, I discovered that the body has a logical, systematic way of working when it comes to healing after childhood trauma; using that system, my clients get better faster and are able to create happier lives, free from fear and debilitating symptoms, without spending decades in therapy. These tools and skills are your birthright; healing resides within your body, mind, and soul and it is your right to understand how to activate this healing system to resolve personal or relationship challenges that come your way. This is the foundational belief that drives my work.
“During those 25 years, I discovered that the body has a logical, systematic way of working when it comes to healing after childhood trauma; using that system, my clients get better faster and are able to create happier lives, free from fear and debilitating symptoms, without spending decades in therapy.”