Please take a few moments and read the information below for an overview of how I work with clients, my specific work with clients, and what you can expect from a therapeutic session.
- Adult Men
- Adolescent Men (Ages 12-19)
- Negative Self Talk
- Feeling "stuck" and helpless
- Identification of, and working to create, the life you wish to live
Common Reasons for Seeking Therapy That I Work With
- Anxiety - Depression - Shame - Fear - Isolation - Anger
- Life Experiences
- Trauma - Relationship Difficulties - Loss of Loved Ones - Bullying - Experiences of Adolescence
- Client Curiosity
- "Who Am I?" "Who Do I Want to Be?" "How Did I Get Here?" "Why Don't My Relationships Work?" "Why Do I Feel This Way?" "Why Am I Afraid?"
- Over 100 hours post graduate education and training on adolescence, parenting and families.
- 4 years experience working with adolescents, adults and families in comunity mental health: One year as a clinician intern followed by two years as a CFS (Child and Family Services) clinician post-internship.
- I meet Washington State's requirements for CMHS (Child Mental Health Specialist). This distinction is granted when a provider has over 100 hours specialty training in working with children and adolescents, along with 2 years work experience with these age groups.
- Lifespan Integration Lvl 1 Training completed in 2014, Lvl 2 to be completed in May, 2016.
- 40 Hours training in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction), a modality focusing on building healthy attachment between children and caregivers.
- 30 hours training in CBT+ (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy plus Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
- 15 years experience working with adults, adolescents and families in various mentorship roles outside of the mental health realm.
What Tools and Modalities do You Use?
I use a mix of modalities tailored to the uniqueness of each client. Below are some of the most common modalities I utilize in my work with men.
- RELATIONALLY FOCUSED
- I believe that every emotional wound we experience exists within the context of relationship. These may be overt wounds, such as the feeling of rejection from another, or abuse suffered at the hands of another. They may be covert in nature, such as negative self talk in your mind, where the relational wound is within yourself. I believe the foundation for any healing therapeutic work is the foundation of healthy relationship; I believe this therapeutic relationship is the single most influential factor in the success of the therapy. When I work with a client my first priority is to create an environment where a safe and secure therapeutic relationship may exist. This becomes the platform for our work together. If wounds are created within the context of relationship, I believe the answer to healing exists within relationship as well. The roots of this approach exist in Person-Centered Therapy founded by Carl Rogers.
- Psychodynamic PsychoTherapy is an approach that focuses on psychological themes which present consistently over the lifespan of the client. They could be symptomatically focused, such as the presence of anxiety throughout the client's life. It may also be focused on key events throughout the individual's life. The root of this work for me is based on Attachment Theory, developed by John Bowlby. Bowlby found that the attachment patterns we learn early in life are re-enacted later in life. If those patterns were negative, we often created coping strategies that can be equally unhelpful long-term. Together these patterns often become a barrier to the life we desire to live. This is a powerful approach when coupled with being relationally focused. Unhelpful relational patterns a client has experienceed throughout life will often be re-enacted in the therapeutic relationship. With a safe/secure therapetuic relatioship established, we will be able to explore and engage these patterns in a manner not previously available to the client.
- COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
- This is the modality I am asked about most. I am not a strict CBT therapist, but am trained in CBT and utilize CBT techniques when therapeutically appropriate. CBT was developed by Aaron Beck to treat symptoms of depression. It is a short-term therapy focused on symptoms and the belief/thought patterns which influence those symptoms. CBT is focused more on the present, and reduction of symptoms, than on the past. CBT historically has shown great results in reduction of current symptoms. It has not shown as much promise in stopping the recurrence of these symptoms long-term. I believe getting to the root of the symptoms (Psychodynamic) is the best way to ensure lack of recurrence in the future. I utilize CBT tools to help stabalize unwanted symptoms in the present, so that we can then explore the client's life to engage the trigger points of these symptoms in the past.
- Attachment-Focused EMDR
- EMDR is my go-to modality when engaging past, unprocessed, trauma with a client. Attachment Focused EMDR was developed by Dr. Laurel Parnell to focus on early developmental and attachment wounds. I have completed my basic training with the Parnell Institute, three weekends of 18-20 hours each, along with 10 hours of AF-EMDR consultation. I am in the process of becoming an EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist. For more information on Attachment-Focused EMDR, visit here.
- I offer standard one-on-one sessions which are 50 minutes in length. At the 45 minute mark I inform clients that we have five minutes left in the session. I will typically see a client every week, or every two weeks.
- In addition to standard one-on-one therapy sessions I offer intensive sessions Sessions focusing on origin stories, and process groups.
- Intensives are longer sessions (up to 3 hours each) that serve as a boost, either to start up therapy for the first time, for crisis management, or as a supplement to ongoing therapy.
- Origin work focus on family of orgin and serves to create a type of road map of your life, helping you to understand where you've come from, where you are, and how you got here. This work fits well into an intensive format utilzing a Life Script (a tool for data gathering about your family of origin).
- Process groups can be quite valuable in one's therapeutic work, especially for men who feel alone on their journey. Usually groups will center around a topic with a set duration. If you are a client and would like to join a group, please speak with me.
Making an Appointment
- To make an appointment you may either call, email me or use the online contact form. These may be found HERE.