Anger can feel like one of the most isolating emotions we have. Sometimes anger is explosive, passive-aggressive, or targeted inwards. And if we allow it, it can even come to define who we are with others and to ourselves. I specialize in working with anger because I believe it is one of the least understood and shamed emotions we have. My goal in working with you is to develop mindfulness around your anger through physical awareness, expression of it, and eventually how to compassionately respond and understand the angry part that is attempting to get your attention in a difficult situation/moment in a very big way. Essentially begin to control and release the anger that has built up over time.
If this is something you have struggled with for a long time, or recently—please contact me today. I would love to work with you!
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
Highly Sensitive Person
One of my HSP clients once said that being highly sensitive was like being a "lighthouse". The purpose of the lighthouse is to shine brightly for ships so that they avoid dangerous cliffs and stay on their safe path through the night. Highly sensitive sometimes feels like being the empathetic friend everyone goes to. The shiny, warm person that supports everyone around them. That understanding and deep emotional empathy can be a burden and a blessing. HSPs cannot help but stand out in a crowd because of their emotional intuition, and sensitivity to others and environments.
If this is something that resonates with you, therapy can help you understand and fully embrace this trait as well as manage it when emotional depletion occurs because shining all the time takes a toll. It is vital that HSPs nurture and care for themselves, and therapy can be one of those steps.
Connect with me today if you are ready to show up and shine for yourself and get a better understanding of how being sensitive is a strength rather than a weakness.
Kids & Teens
For the parents interested in child therapy (12yrs old & above)
Working with children in a therapeutic setting is different from adults, it requires play-therapy and external processing outside of the verbal. Play therapy helps a child’s understanding of the world and the challenges in it. My expectation as a therapist that specializes in difficult kids is that if your child works hard in therapy, you will too. The parents I work with get the tools to better support their children with a required monthly session and sometimes interactions during the child’s sessions. If you are wanting positive change and ways to support your child, contact me today for a consult, and let’s see if I’d be a good fit for your family.
For the parents interested in therapy for their teen.
Teens are incredible and a lot at times, yet that’s what makes them so uniquely amazing to work with. Being a teen today can mean pressure and expectations from school, social media, friends, or sometimes family. The teens I work with struggle with anxiety, anger, or depression. Change is hard and transitioning from a child to a young adult can be a challenging leap to take alone.
"We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them."
Trauma can be difficult to talk about and sometimes even harder to acknowledge. Yet talking about it can be the first step in opening that door into healing. Trauma presents itself in many ways such as anger, irritability, feeling negative or worthless, unable to attend work or school, feeling more sensitive or numb, trouble concentrating/thinking/sleeping, flashbacks, zoning out and feeling tired.
In working with trauma, I recognize the struggle in my clients to open up. I work with survivors of cancer, victims of crime and childhood trauma. Trauma already makes us feel so raw, so vulnerable that processing it can be hard. I work with clients through the lens of strength based psychotherapy, mindfulness and compassion, providing education about what they are experiencing, as well as tools that feel do-able and easy to begin implementing. Additionally I am a Phase One Brainspotting therapist and have added that to the trauma processing brain-body experience.
Get the help. Trust me, it is worth it. Staying stuck in trauma responses/reactions is not a way to live. All it takes is 20 seconds of courage to email, text, or call me. I'd love to help!
Couples Therapy / Family Therapy
There are many reasons why couples reach out for support. Some people struggle to communicate their needs in a way their partner can hear, without defensiveness, judgment, or criticism. Others fear showing vulnerability or themselves fully in their relationship. Essentially, someone or both, are experiencing distress in their bond together, and decide to come to couples therapy to better understand themselves, and each other.
My goal as your couples therapist is to break down the barriers that have built up over the course of the relationship, or parts of yourself, to further re-build a road back to one another. I focus on the emotional understanding and processing of each person, and how it impacts the relationship through an attachment-based lens and emotionally focused therapy interventions. I see myself as a guidepost on the road in which you and your partner stand, illuminating the areas that you feel need mending or restructuring.
I also specialize with parents who are struggling to co-parent their child/children. Communication and collaboration are key to getting unstuck from the patterns that build up in families. Parenting can be rewarding as much as it can be challenging, family therapy can be a way to relieve the burden and begin moving towards positive changes in not only your relationship with your partner but also your child.