Approach, Expertise, Influences and Experience
I use the following therapeutic modalities to implement my approach described below: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Self-Compassion Therapy, Polyvegal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Intuitive Eating, and Mindfulness Practices.
-I attend to the "roots" of the plant first. How healthy can a plant be if when it looks sick all we do is paint the leaves green? :
To that end we usually need to fundamentally change how we relate to what hurts us. We hurt where we care. Anger, anxiety, depression, and other difficult internal experiences, although hurtful, guide us to a life of meaning, belonging, and contentment. To be frightened of, ashamed of, or to yell at yourself about your ills makes living the life we hope for nearly impossible. Learning to cultivate a healthy relationship with what ails us is crucial to a meaningful, connected, happy life. "Treating the roots" first fosters a durable resilience in moving towards what is important to us, even when it's the last thing we want to do.
-I am guided by the firm belief that you are good and doing your best:
It's just sometimes we and/or the world can be so hard on us that it feels like the only life for us is one at the bottom of a well. I know though that life doesn't just have to happen to you: you can happen to life too! So, I want to know who you are when you are not believing there is anything fundamentally wrong with you. What ways of being make you feel most alive, and what gets in the way? Where and how do you experience awe? Once I know the answer to these questions, we know which direction to get you walking.
-I can teach you to become capable to care for, provide, protect, and motivate yourself like a good coach or wise elder:
Services and Areas of Expertise
-I offer clinical assessments and therapeutic interventions based on each individual client’s needs, goals, and values.
-I see people in person in Greensboro, NC as well as online so long as you are anywhere in NC.
-I work with adolescents and adults ages ~16 and up.
Resources and Influences
The following is an incomplete list of resources that influence how I connect to, understand, and help people. This list is meant to better inform you of who I am and my approach so that you can gain a sense if we might be a good fit. The most important indicator of a successful therapeutic outcome is when therapist and client can trust, empathize, and collaborate. To that end, I encourage you to call and ask any questions you might have about me!
Video - Pale Blue Dot - Carl Sagan
Podcast - Maintenance Phase
Book - Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory - Deb Dana
Professional Experience and About Me