Licensed Professional Counselor
Lets find new ways of being that feel aligned with who you really are. Address PTSD, ASD, emotion dysregulation, relationship skills.
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2015
Clients often come to me when they are feeling misunderstood by others, and they struggle to understand themselves. When there has been trauma experienced, PTSD, and they want to have insight of how it impacts them and how to recover. Often individuals who identify with neurodiversity/ASD find me to recover from chronic invalidation from ablest environments. Also for those who are looking for support with shedding self-invalidation or thoughts of unworthiness and decreasing suicidal thoughts.
I bring experience from ecopsychology research, trainings, and passion for integrating nature into daily life. Since the beginning of my career, have been supported by ecotherapy mentors who have encouraged me to explore the ways nature can be brought into the therapy room. This has evolved into creating ecotherapy collections and activities unique in my therapeutic practice. Stay tuned as I am creating an Urban Ecotherapy Garden location.
I value mindfulness as a part of daily life, and I have participated in many retreats and mindful practices. It was a perfect match when my clinical internship taught me the process of leading mindfulness for others, and integrating mindfulness as one of the primary DBT skills. Applying formal and informal mindfulness into daily life helps connect one with community, self, and feeling alive.
I have been trained and supervised by programs specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Within sessions, we discuss mindfulness and skill building to identify and understand emotions, tolerate stress and difficult social interactions. It is my belief that by actively applying DBT strategies, individuals become empowered, and thus more able to create an atmosphere promoting the achievement of personal goals.
Working with suicide since 2014, I am confident and skilled in approaching and supporting suicidal idealization for adolescents and adults. I support the zero suicided initiative for increasing discussion of SI to increase safety. I have extensive experience with high risk clients and supporting them into skill building, tolerating stress, and choosing thoughts of life rather than thoughts of death. I approach suicidal idealization and self-harm with a balance of empathy, concern, and hope.
My structure of therapy follows Judith Herman’s theory of care for Complex Trauma integrated with concepts of behaviorism, such as consciously building skills to be able to successfully influence PTSD symptoms and have the skills to process trauma. I understand how traumatic events can surface into someone’s daily life as symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, emotional dysregulation, suicidal thoughts, self-invalidation, self-harm, depression, and/or anxiety.
Since 2007, I have developed a style of skill building and supportive therapy for those who identify with Neurodiversity and the Autism Spectrum. Many of these individuals have had to navigate against the grain of a neurotypical societies expectations. My goal is to assist individuals to become empowered by their neurodiversity, and to apply their value and strengths towards their personal goals and to over all positive growth of society.
Depression is a common experience of many individuals in our culture due to trauma, expectations, and the value of individualism. Approaching depression with ecotherapy creates opportunities for reconnecting with the authentic self, the earth, and your community. I also recognize the struggle in depression by emphasizing safety planning for suicidal ideation and strengthening protective factors.
Aspergers, Child or Adolescent Issues
FIRE Circle, is a therapeutic group that sparks conversations among youth who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum. The group creates space for youth to process presented topics while intentionally cultivating peer support and social skills. Together, we will recognize our own potential by exploring assumptions we have of ourselves and assumptions often put upon those with a diagnosis.
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