Individual therapy is where many people begin their journey to change. Individual therapy provides a safe space for individuals to work with a trained professional to help them discover their goals for growth and healing as well as create their personalized roadmap to those goals. I believe that individuals typically have the solutions to their problem(s) locked away within them and it is the individual therapist's role to help the client figure out how to access and unlock these solutions. Individual therapy is a journey that client and therapist take together and I see my role more as guide than guru and expert.
Individual therapy can be a great space for self-discovery, challenging beliefs and habits that no longer serve you well, building coping skills and tools to navigate life challenges, and simply as a space to come and be as you are without judgment or labeling.
We all have trauma. That's a fixed belief for me. It's impossible to avoid traumatic experiences entirely over our lives. How that trauma impacts our day to day lives, identity, and how we see the world is extremely variable but there is an impact. Engaging in trauma work can feel really scary but as most people who have done this work would tell you, there's so much relief, peace, and hope on the other side of it.
Trauma work is an important part of an individual therapy process. Whether that trauma comes from family of origin, relationships, life experiences, medical issues, religious or spiritual abuse, loss, or a variety of other manifestations, it must be addressed and guided into it's proper place in the context of your life and identity for healing and wholeness to occur.
Sometimes trauma and PTSD are the primary focus of therapy and other times trauma is a secondary, contributing factor to be addressed, but trauma will get explored and worked through as a part of the therapy process. I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for those who like all the words) and use EMDR and sandtray therapy techniques frequently in sessions to address issues to tied trauma.
SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES AND ASSESSMENTS
Is it surprising to anyone that substance use issues have been on the rise the past few years? Of course not. Whether the person who has struggled with boundaries around substances is you or someone you love, odds are, you have been impacted by substance use in the past few years. As we have all struggled to cope with novel life stressors, alcohol and other substances provided relief for millions of people. And substance use issues impacted millions of people before the world faced a global pandemic.
I have extensive experience guiding individuals and families through the continuum of substance use issues. This really is a continuum where it can be hard to tell at what point substances become a problem. That's where I come in, not to tell you or your loved one that you are an addict or alcoholic but to help you evaluate how substances do or do not fit into your life goals, list of coping skills, or plans for joy and an expansive existence.
I provide substance use assessment services as well as a safe space to talk about this without judgment, expectations, or shame.
Though teletherapy has been around for multiple decades, it has become more mainstream in the past few years. Research suggests that teletherapy (defined as therapy that occurs via a digital platform such as a video call) can be as effective as therapy in person based on presenting problem and other variables.
For many people this can make engagement in therapy services more feasible due to convenience, accessibility, safety and flexibility offered by not needing to come to an office and sit in a waiting room with other clients. Teletherapy may not be a good fit for all clients and presenting problems but is an option worth considering. If teletherapy may be a good fit for you could be discussed during a consultation call.
SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION
Providing supervision and ongoing consultation resources for social workers is something I am very passionate about. Today in many agencies and settings, clinical supervision may not be provided as a benefit or resource and it can be daunting to try to find a solution on your own. Whether you are a Master's level social worker interested in pursuing licensure or a licensed social worker seeking consultation, I love the partnership of learning and growing together that occurs in the supervisory relationship.