My approach to counseling is both solution-focused and trauma-informed. We begin with the end in mind, and deal with the things that get in the way as they come up.
What does it mean to be solution-focused? Sometimes getting clarity on what you really want is enough to get you moving in the right direction. How do you want things to be? How do we get there? We focus on strengths, identify what has worked before, and do more of that.
Sometimes we need to go deeper. Present-day concerns often stem from the past. Abuse, neglect, or other childhood trauma leaves its mark. It doesn't need to be life-threatening to be considered trauma. Even people who've had "perfect" childhoods are likely to have experienced something painful that gets in the way of healthy functioning later in life. Those memories need to be processed. Unresolved trauma can lead to mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD, to name just a few. It's often the root of addictions. You might feel generally edgy, have difficulty trusting others, find it hard to deeply connect and form relationships. Maybe you feel flawed or undeserving, somehow "less than". Trauma-informed counseling gets to the root of the problem rather than poking around at the symptoms.
Some of the methods I utilize include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)/Tapping
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Ego State/Parts Work
- Natural Lifemanship
Most importantly, I believe you have the wisdom within yourself to solve any problem. My job is to hold the flashlight so you can find it.
I offer distance counseling via phone or secure video for Pennsylvania and Maine residents. I currently accept Blue Shield insurance plans. You may be able to use your Out of Network benefits for mental health services (i.e. outpatient psychotherapy) if you have insurance with a different company. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to help you decide if I'm the right therapist for you.