The greatest gift I can give someone is to help them feel connected with themselves and others. When we are unable to feel comfortable in our own skin, we become vulnerable to unhealthy boundaries, toxic relationships, and loneliness. I believe a big step we can take towards finding joy is paying more attention to ourselves and understanding our own needs.
I have a Master’s Degree from (the) Ohio State University and a BA in Psychology from UNC-Asheville. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (010643) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (24404). I started my career in Chicago because I had a yearning to live in a large city. However, I fairly quickly realized how much I missed the mountains (and biscuits) in North Carolina and returned in 2017.
My treatment approach is to assist clients with becoming aware of behavioral patterns that have become maladaptive. I am grateful to be trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which utilizes rapid eye movements and guided imagery in order to help clients live with peace after spending years suffering from trauma symptoms, panic disorders, anxiety, and depression. I also utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) informed modalities to teach clients emotion regulation and conflict resolution skills. Our brains are complex but are looking for strategies to cope with pain, we just need to show them how.