I am a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. I provide individual therapy to adults who desire to:
· Resolve traumatic experiences, whether recent or in the past.
· Resolve experiences of shame.
· Address on-going distress, depression, anxiety, prolonged grief and loss, chronic pain, and feelings of excessive fear and powerlessness.
· Attend to issues that emerge in recovery from addiction.
· Experience safety and relaxation in daily life.
· Deepen self-acceptance.
· Develop and follow through with goals.
· Clarify values.
· Establish habits and attitudes that support experiences of hope, personal power, and vitality.
About my counseling practice:
Cognitive-Behavioral theory, Somatic Experiencing®, and Compassion are the underpinnings of my counseling practice.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the evidence-based counseling theory taught at Argosy University, where I earned a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2009, and CBT continues to be the theoretical foundation of my counseling practice. Through CBT, goals and values are clarified and constructive attitudes, behaviors, and habits reinforced.
Somatic Experiencing® is the foundational method I use in my practice. Somatic Experiencing® addresses the psycho-biological components of distress and trauma, including states of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal. Since 2011, When I read Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine, PhD, I have been a student, participant, assistant, and practitioner of Somatic Experiencing®. I use this body-oriented modality when addressing all forms of trauma, including physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse; neglect; developmental trauma; unexpected attack; panic attack; medical procedure; car accident; near-drowning; and other traumas that individuals experience alone or in a group.
Also, I use Somatic Experiencing® techniques to address grief, loss, and shame, which limit our vitality. The good news with trauma, grief, loss, and shame is that we can release the hold they have on us and discover a renewed sense hope and purpose.
The bedrock of my private practice is compassion. Shared compassion and self-compassion soften the process of healing and guide us out of the turmoil and confusion of the psycho-biological states of trauma, shame, grief, anxiety, depression, and distress. Shared compassion and self-compassion support emerging feelings of safety and personal power and contribute to agency and vitality in our families and communities.