Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I have been providing psychotherapy to individual adults (ages 21+) dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, burnout, compassion fatigue, trauma and challenging transitions since 2013. My personal history involves grief and complex trauma. Through my Master of Science program in Clinical Mental Health from the University of North Texas (UNT), I began working with clients in residential addiction treatment, including licensed professionals, trauma informed therapy, and training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Since that time, I have continued to grow my knowledge, including current involvement with the Trauma Research Foundation's Traumatic Stress Studies certification cohort.
Yet with all the knowledge and experience I have obtained, the fact remains that only YOU are the expert of YOU and the CEO of your life! I view my role as a 'compassionate companion' offering adaptive coping skills to regulate the mind/body connection, providing evidence-based processing interventions, and collaborating on creative new approaches to reprocess triggers. The therapy process can be challenging! My approach aims to encourage, equip and support - maybe even with a bit of humor - while keeping your big picture goals and forward momentum in mind!
MS - Clinical Mental Health, University of North Texas
Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Basic Training, EMDRia
Outside of work, I enjoy dabbling at gardening; playing cards with my Dad as we watch the hummingbirds chase each other between our strategically placed feeders; practicing at piano; catching a movie with friends and trying to get away for a day hike or mini roadtrip at least once a season!
I strive to begin and end each day with a relaxing routine whether it be enjoying a favorite tea, engaging in a low intensity exercise and/or spiritual reading. Providing safe, supportive bookends to each day.
I have one dog and live with two others! My dog is a Bosnian street dog rescue with an amazing back story and sweetest disposition. During the pandemic shutdown, she began coming with me as my boss and I were the only ones able to continue the essential tasks to keep our nonprofit afloat. When employees were able to return, she became the unofficial support animal and mascot offering a supportive paw or "you need to pet me" stare. Animals are just amazing and I feel so blessed to have her in my life!
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