Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Shea Lowrey, LPC #C3858
My mission is to help individuals and families create positive patterns of behavior by implementing strategic wellness practices.
4949 S. Macadam Ave. #97
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
Understanding our own behavior, including it's origins is crucial to developing a healthy family dynamic and support system to increase resilience. Those with a desire to be well will find understanding of themselves and those around them with more compassion and acceptance than before. To facilitate this process, we can work on stress management techniques and practice the relationship skills to cultivate the support system that brings out the best in you and your loves ones.
I received training from the EMDR Institute, founded by Francine Shapiro, who discovered it. In reading her text and as discussed in the training, we learned just how much memory influences our interaction with the world, and how our brain adapts to our experience. I love EMDR because it allows people to mindfully embrace the human experience in the present moment.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool because it enables you to observe your experience without interaction, thereby lessening the emotional intensity of an experience. With helping clients practice their resourcing for widening their 'window of tolerance' for stress, they can experience greater peace and become more thoughtful in their responses towards themselves and others.
The premise of the family system is that it is the origin of where our world view forms and also how inherently 'safe' we feel. We also form attachments early on that can influence the type of relationships we have later on in life. Based on the values a family wants to have, I can help them re-establish connection, beginning with understanding their family/ system of origin.
Although I am not a person of color, I have taken dedicated time to address and confront my implicit biases to fight against cultural and systemic oppression at it's core: to challenge the mindset of the oppressor, instead of simply sympathizing with the oppressed. One related training I did included 'How to be (Less) Harmful: Training White Helpers to Serve BIPOC clients.' https://www.ar-tic.org
Finding the origins of behavior are helpful to changing it. In my work with families, I begin with helping them enhance their understanding of one another's frame of reference, which allows for greater empathy when working through conflict. By establishing the meaning behind certain behaviors, strategies can be implemented to better align with the values families want to abide by.
Childhood and adolescence are wonderful times in human development because there is so much discovery about oneself and the world. At times, the unknown can be uncomfortable. By offering a foundation of belonging and self-acceptance for children and adolescents, I can help them to establish a sense of safety as they expand their comfort zone and embrace their personal growth journey.
Suffering is a fact of life, however, that does not have to be the end of our story. By allowing yourself to be human and embrace your experience, you will begin to see yourself with greater compassion. That does not discount the fact that these experiences are often painful. By helping you feel safe within your body, you can process trauma to fully embrace all life has to offer.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I have tried several methods to keep it at bay. Throughout the years in my healing journey, I discovered how much my nervous system was involved in my experience. I learned the brain responds to a threat the same way whether is either real or imagined. By practicing mindfulness with intentionality, we can stay present when anxious thoughts arise.
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