Areas of Focus

Individual counseling for adolescents, and adults, with a focus on Trauma.

I use a person centered, strength-based approach to help individuals heal from adverse life experiences, improve self esteem, and function better in all areas of their lives. I use a trauma-informed lens to help people heal from past trauma, including complex childhood trauma, domestic violence/assaults, separation/divorce, grief/loss,  toxic relationships, etc. This healing process focuses on building a positive core belief, increasing resiliency and developing healthier coping strategies.

Trauma 

People tend to minimize trauma and only think of the big "T" traumas, such as near death experiences.  However, hardships and  changes out of one's control can cause problems in daily functioning and also can negatively impact one's relationships.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or struggling with low self esteem or guilt, then therapy can help you improve all of these areas.  My style includes an emphasis on joining, trusting my clients to lead the way and pace the sessions, and is sensitive to trust issues and difficulty being vulnerable. 

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) uses bilateral stimulation to remove the negative thoughts, emotions, body sensations, and images associated with traumatic events.  I am certified in EMDR and have seen amazing, life changing results.  If you have experienced anything traumatic, are suffering from flashbacks, nightmares, relationship problems, or struggling with low self worth, EMDR may be the best form of therapy and can go beyond the results gained from standard talk therapy. Check out EMDRIA.org and some of the videos below to learn more.

Adoption

I am a certified adoption competent therapist through TAC /CASE.  Adoption can be a traumatic experience for not only the child, but the family as well.  It can lead to abandonment issues that overlap into adult relationships as well.  If you have a child dealing with these issues, it's better to proactively get them involved in counseling sooner than later.  If you are an adult affected by past adoption or estranged relationships, my training in this area combined with EMDR can help you re-frame these experiences in a positive way to live the healthiest life possible. Note, I am no longer working with children.

My Office

In July 2020 I moved my office from West Point to Mathews.  My new office is located in the Halcyon Building on 40 Court St, Mathews VA 23109.  the building has a beautiful blue mural on the outside featuring a Walt Whitman quote, crafted by local artists.  

EMDRIA.org

 Check out the organization who founded EMDR and watch the video on their homepage to better understand how EMDR works by clicking "read more" below.

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