One of my core beliefs is that perspective is everything! In this way our unique perspectives impact how each of us views our experiences and one another. I value the individual perspective each of you brings into the counseling session. In therapy, I take a holistic and eclectic approach to treatment; encouraging you to listen closely to how your bodies respond to and reflect your inner feelings and thoughts. Guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing can be used to help you center and get in touch with your authentic self or that inner voice that can help you gain insight; resolve feelings associated with trauma and regulate your emotions. By closely observing individuals’ nonverbal language and becoming attuned to the subtle ways that you communicate in session, I actively engage with you to help you master your inner language and practice techniques to achieve balance. I have years of experience treating adults with a variety of issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, personality disorders, serious and persistent mental illnesses, substance and co- occurring disorders, as well as treating adults with trauma-related disorders and PTSD.
Prior to working in the mental health field, I served in the US Army and Maryland Army National Guard and later as a Special Education teacher. My years of teaching and time in the army taught me to value the unique skills that every individual brings into the counseling session and guides my eclectic approach to treatment. I have years of experience utilizing a variety of treatment models, including Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, aspects of Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and Emotion Focused therapy (EFT) to assist individuals, couples and families when they feel stuck, to modify behavior or enhance communication. In addition, I have extensive practice leading groups to teach anger management, learn skills and regulate emotions. My primary approach to therapy is active and holistic. I encourage you to examine various aspects of your total environment such as nutrition, work, spirituality and exercise to uncover ways they may be impacting your functioning. Together we actively explore how making changes may positively impact your overall well-being.