What symptoms do I treat?
I work with individuals suffering especially from intense anxiety, frequent unwanted negative thoughts, panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, and other sleep issues. Most are also fearful of going different places, have low self-esteem, often feel “checked out” or isolated from others. I work, as well, with individuals experiencing tension and distress in their significant relationships, issues with feeling controlled and like they are constantly “on-edge.” I am also quite familiar with providing therapy to individuals who struggle with self-harming and thoughts of suicide.
What does it mean that I provide “trauma counseling?”
Recovery from trauma can seem like a daunting prospect, but the good news is that symptoms of PTSD are some of the most treatable issues in mental health today. My intent is to provide education on these symptoms and how trauma works so that you can understand your trauma responses and not just assume automatically “there must be something wrong with me.” Then the next step is to match my training and clinical knowledge of empirically sound treatments, particularly Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to you as an individual and use these strategies to work towards decreasing your “gut” reactions to triggers and to change negative core beliefs.