I remember my teen years being some of the most challenging years of my life – disagreements with my parents, figuring out my identity, my values occasionally in flux. That is why I love working with teenagers today! I like providing wisdom from my experiences and beneficial strategies that will help young people move through the stage of adolescence as skillfully as possible.
My experience as a teen was one of feeling misunderstood, always missing the mark, confused. Knowing how hard it is to heal after experiencing something terrifying. Emotional pain that I did not know what to do with.
Drawing on that experience as a therapist, I am interested in helping parents better understand their children, to validate the challenges that lie in raising a human and sharing strategies that will allow parents to parent as skillfully as possible.
Watching the process of healing and transformation is amazing to witness!
Some of my clients learn strategies to aid in removing suicide and/or self-harm as an option. Some practice healing from traumatic experiences that occurred in their childhood. Some clients are adult trauma survivors who are having disruptions in their emotional and social lives. Others are experiencing chronic worry and sadness. All are capable of positively enhancing their lives and experiencing a sense of mastery. With willingness and practice, they align with their higher selves.
I often say ‘no judgment’ in therapy. Please know that therapy serves as a space where you can identify your experiences in an authentic way. When we notice our inner critic, it gets quieter. This is often times realized in therapy, allowing you the awareness needed to practice quieting the inner critic wherever you are.
You know what bugs me?
It bugs me when I hear that there are some clients who work with a therapist who does not provide feedback and interaction during their session. While I am mindful that it is not the role of the therapist to tell their client what to do, it is necessary – to me, at least – that therapists provide support in problem-identification, which will allow the client to consider options to problem-solve. It is also important to be a soundboard by identifying alternate possibilities to consider when judgments are running rampant. Therapists who provide treatment for trauma must be able to explain how the brain is affected after traumatic experiences and ways to help regulate the parts of the brain affected by the event.
How I am able to be of support?
I help clients see their concerns differently. I provide information on how trauma experienced during various phases of child development can affect the functioning of various parts of the brain as the child develops and how to regulate/heal those areas of the brain. I teach strategies that can, when coupled with a client’s skillful means and willingness, allow them to take suicide and self-harm off the table as an option.
I am curious, nonjudgmental, supportive, investigative, and direct in my work.
I am understanding and able to put a name on my clients experience in a light that had not occurred to my client before.
I am super positive and empathetic towards many things that my clients speak about. I am known for acknowledging my client’s skillfulness and how amazing they are for the work they are doing to transform their lives in a big way!
I have a deep knowing that success is available to my clients – I am a cheerleader through and through.
A therapist with a specialty of teaching people how to take suicide and self-harm off the table notices … is necessary for healing.
I am an eclectic healer. I bring my superpowers in each one of my sessions. Validating. Supportive. Direct. Curious. Authentic.