My practice specializes in treating individuals by catering a treatment plan specific to their unique needs. Below are a list of specialties that we focus on, but are not limited to within the practice.
Trauma, PTSD and CPTSD
Most people will experience trauma at one point in their lifetime. These traumas can range from a car accident, a sudden death of a loved one, a violent crime, a natural disaster, or abuse and neglect to name a few. Some people can recover from these traumas while others may have more difficulty and experience effects of lasting trauma, which can cause isolation, fear, numbing, emotional disturbance, avoidance and flashbacks. When traumas go unresolved they may lead to PTSD which can cause extreme distress in a person's life both internally and externally. Complex PTSD, also known as developmental trauma is the result of repeated threats to safety and wellbeing over an extended period of time most often occurring in childhood. This includes both abuse and neglect occurring in developmental years.
I work with clients who are seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world. In this approach, therapy becomes a transformative journey that encompasses psychological, emotional, and spiritual exploration.
In transpersonal therapy, I provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their spirituality, belief systems, and existential concerns. I honor and respect diverse spiritual and religious backgrounds, tailoring the therapeutic process to align with each client's individual beliefs and values. Through open and non-judgmental dialogue, we can delve into topics such as life's purpose, existential questions, personal transformation, and experiences of transcendence.
Art-based integration is a transformative approach that harnesses the power of artistic expression to facilitate healing and self-discovery. Through various art modalities such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage, clients engage in a creative process that goes beyond words. Art becomes a medium for exploration, communication, and integration of emotions, thoughts, and experiences. By engaging in the art-making process and reflecting on the artwork, clients gain insights, develop a deeper understanding of themselves, and find new ways to express their inner world.
Polyvagal theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, offers a neurobiological framework to understand how our autonomic nervous system responds to stress, trauma, and social interactions. It highlights the crucial role of the vagus nerve in regulating our physiological and emotional states. In therapy, I incorporate polyvagal theory to help clients regulate their nervous systems, increase feelings of safety, and cultivate resilience and well-being. By understanding the body's responses to stress and trauma, clients can learn effective techniques to self-regulate, build healthier relationships, and restore a sense of balance in their lives.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are pervasive challenges that can significantly impact one's quality of life. As a counselor and art therapist, I specialize in helping clients navigate and manage stress and anxiety. I work collaboratively with clients to explore the underlying causes of their stress and anxiety, develop effective coping strategies, and build resilience. Through a holistic approach that combines therapeutic techniques, mindfulness practices, and relaxation techniques, I empower clients to reduce their symptoms, enhance self-care, improve overall well-being, and find a sense of balance amidst life's demands.
Mindfulness is a practice that involves intentionally focusing one's attention on the present moment, with a non-judgmental and accepting attitude. I integrate mindfulness-based approaches into therapy to help clients cultivate self-awareness, presence, and emotional well-being. Through guided mindfulness exercises, breathwork, body awareness, and meditation, clients develop the capacity to observe their thoughts and emotions without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness enhances stress reduction, emotional regulation, and overall mental health, fostering a greater sense of calm, clarity, and resilience.
Psychedelic support is an area of specialization where I provide guidance and support to individuals who have had psychedelic experiences or are considering exploring psychedelic-assisted therapies. I offer a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to process and integrate their psychedelic experiences, helping them navigate the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from these profound journeys. With an understanding of the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, I provide informed support, assisting clients in exploring the meaning, insights, and personal growth that can emerge from these transformative experiences.
Grief and Loss
Grief is a natural response to loss. It might be the loss of a loved one, relationship, pet, job, pregnancy, or self identity. Grief is expressed in many different ways and it can affect every part of your life. There is no allotted amount of time that one may grieve and each person will have their own unique experience around their grieving process. Grief is something that takes times to work through. Often people experience feeling a tender and vulnerable heart as they process their grief and this can cause normal daily task to be challenging and exhausting. Speaking with a grief counselor can help alleviate intense feelings, confusion, depression, anxiety and it can support the grieving process.
ADHD & Neurodivergence
Both ADHD and neurodivergence challenge the traditional notion of neurotypicality, which refers to individuals whose cognitive and behavioral patterns align with societal norms. Neurodivergent individuals have unique strengths, abilities, and perspectives that may differ from those considered typical. Embracing a neurodiversity perspective acknowledges and values these differences, promoting acceptance, inclusion, and the celebration of diverse cognitive and neurological profiles.