My style is humanistic/person-centered, collaborative, solution-focused, and strengths-based. I believe that my clients are ultimately the experts on their own lives.
My training has largely been based in motivational interviewing (MI), a method that helps an individual to resolve any ambivalence and find the internal motivation to make desirable changes in their life. I pull heavily from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which focuses on teaching skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and developing better relationship and communication skills. I frequently use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can help to change unhelpful thinking patterns to improve the way one feels. I am also trained in animal assisted therapy and am working on getting my dog certified in order to provide canine assisted therapy!
Additionally, I utilize eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a type of trauma therapy which mimics REM sleep in order to work through painful memories and make them less distressing.
I also offer ear acupuncture (NADA 5 point Acudetox) during therapy sessions which can aid with sleep, anxiety, cravings, and mood improvement.
You can learn more about EMDR and Acudetox below!
What is Acudetox?
The NADA Acudetox (auricular acupuncture detoxification) protocol is a clinically effective, non-verbal approach to healing. It can be used as an adjunct therapy to counseling, medical support, and/or self-help groups to enhance opportunities for success. It has even shown to be effective in smoking cessation, reduction in cravings and withdrawal symptoms, stress relief, and sleep improvement.
Acudetox involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear.
Recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect.
The Five NADA Points:
— Sympathetic: Balances sympathetic nervous system, has a strong analgesic and relaxant effect upon internal organs and dilates blood vessels. Reduces epinephrine/norepinephrine levels for relaxation. Calms the spirit, provides for serenity.
— Shen Men: Alleviates pain, tension, excessive sensitivity; reduces hypertension. Calms the mind and relieves anxiety, depression, insomnia and restlessness. Opens connection to spirit (opens one’s heart); ability to love self and others.
— Kidney: Stimulates physiologic and hormonal functions. Influences mental state and happiness, relieves fear. Reminds client of their will and intention to overcome addictions/obstacles; allows person to hear the positive.
— Liver: Stimulates physiologic and hormonal functions; relieves muscle cramps. Aids in clear thinking and decision making; relieves frustration, depression, and anger. Helps the person to connect with the internal self and find direction in life.
— Lung: Lung is an important organ for detoxification and regulates pores. Aids in regulation of grief/sadness; improves sense of connection and self-respect and integrity. Reminds the person of connection with a calm safe place and provides inspiration.