“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it”- This is one of my favorite quotes from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day off because it is so true. Things happen to us throughout our lifetime that make us feel stuck, worthless, guilty, shamed, and like we are never enough. These ideas about ourselves dictate the way we learn, how we do in school and work, how we love others and how we connect with people. When someone has experienced trauma, these thoughts and feelings can be even more extreme which can cause feelings of depression, anxiety, inattentiveness, substance use, unhealthy relationships and other unhealthy coping skills to alleviate the strong feelings. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families that have experienced trauma. Trauma can range from sexual abuse and domestic violence to a loved one passing away to a natural disaster to community violence to a parent yelling at you when you were a child and not fully understanding why. Trauma is different for every person. The approach I take is creating a warm, safe place for my clients to be heard and validated. Through education, relaxation techniques, EMDR, and TF-CBT I assist clients with working through the most difficult memories that keep us stuck in the past and prevent us from moving forward.
I also have experience working with the LGBTQ+ population and passion for working with gender non-conforming or questioning youth and adults. This can be a sensitive subject and can be confusing and isolating not only for the person going through it but for the family as well. Individual, family and group counseling can help the process not feel so lonely by building support and understanding.
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