Why Counseling?

Why Counseling?

We all have had times in our lives when we find ourselves contemplating our experiences, our understanding of life and whether our life has progressed on the path that we had envisioned.  We may not have gotten the results we were working toward, or did not receive a confirmation that everything will work out for the best possible outcome.  We may be experiencing states of grief, self-doubt, and worry about ourselves, our relationships, or the condition of the world in general.  Sometimes there are more immediate concerns such as anxiety, shame, depression, substance abuse, or traumatic stress.

It can often feel frustrating and overwhelming to accept this experience of suffering and pain as the human condition to which we are all subject.  There may be a need for forgiveness for ourselves or for another in order to move on and let go of a hurtful experience.  We can find ourselves asking, “What did I ever do to deserve this; why me and why now?”  Receiving support and a new perspective with which to consider life’s challenges are often the scenarios which will lead someone to consider calling a counselor.

About my practice

 I draw from a variety of modalities including: trauma informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), brief solution-focused interventions and substance use disorder counseling.  I have gained my clinical experience with several regional mental health and substance abuse agencies.  I have provided Complementary and Integrative Health services (CIH) for over 20 years and have been licensed since 2009.

A primary focus of mine is the study and practice of trauma informed therapies.  The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study has become central to my clinical work.  My work in trauma therapy has been informed by Eric Gentry PhDBessel van der Kolk, MD, Vincent Fellitti, MD,  Peter Levine PhDLisa Najavits PhD and Jamie Marich PhD, among others.  My sessions include elements of psychoeducation regarding the effects of trauma and posttraumatic stress as well as integrating the somatic/physiological interventions such as acupuncture, acupressure, Somatic Experiencing, trauma sensitive yoga, thought field therapy, Chi Kung and sometimes even drumming.

In the course of my trauma education, I have trained with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to provide five-point ear acupuncture which has been shown to relieve the symptoms associated with drug/alcohol detoxification, trauma, anxiety and depression.  I have also trained through the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) and certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  Most recently I have completed the 3-year Certificate Program of Somatic Experiencing through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.  (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner/SEP).

My background also includes the Jungian theories of archetypal psychology and dream analysis which provides us the opportunity to access the inner sources of wisdom and healing which we all possess.

These modalities combined with an empathic, nonjudgemental and compassionate setting allow me to provide the best possible care in support of my client’s needs and goals.  I understand that one size does not fit all when encountering people from a variety of backgrounds and in that spirit I work as a heterosexual ally who is supportive of people from all sexual orientations.

I hope this information is helpful to you and I invite you to contact me for more information if you wish.  I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Thanks for visiting!

Nothing on this site should be viewed as providing therapeutic advice. The information provided in this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for medical/psychological diagnosis or treatment.  Users should not rely upon this information as a substitute for counsel with a qualified physician or mental health provider prior to starting any treatment or if you have any questions related to your health, physical fitness, psychological or medical conditions.