Ever since I was a child, my life philosophy has been to ""Never give up"". My life experiences of challenge and struggle gave me a heart of empathy for others. In my journey, I learned that we can't'do this life alone, we need other people. My heart's desire to help people who have survived life's toughest challenges. This desire took me to launch a new career with a new purpose. Now i have the privilege of being a therapist. I have been told by clients that I am warm, caring, non-judgmental and funny. The truth is: I am inspired by them. And, as when I was a child, I don't give up on people". I believe there is much hope and healing in the recovery process. I am excited about the knowledge of how the brain heals, and ways we can support that. I tell you, again, ""Never give up."".
First we talk about the rationale behind setting goals; that each of us knows where the client wants to go on this journey,even the direction to go. I like to join people where they are in their present lives; asking what's going well, and what's challenging for them. It is important to explore their values, personal strengths, passions, and interests, past and present. that way, actually setting long and short term goals flows more easily. I like to ask ""What do you want?"", and ""What gets in the way of reaching those goals that is within your control?"'. We then explore these questions in a curious, open and non-judgmental way.
I want to welcome my new client to therapy as we begin a relationship and a new experience. I like to explore what brought them in for therapy, and if they have had previous therapy experiences. i ask them what they like to do, and what they are good at. We explore what they are hoping to gain from therapy. I often describe the therapy partnership as this:" "We are driving a car together, you are the driver and I am the passenger with a brake and a gas pedal. We travel together getting to where you want to go."'
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Internal Family Systems Therapy
EMDR Certificate of Completion, Maiberger Institute
Institute for Family Professionals, Trauma Training
IFS-informed EMDR Training
PA, LCSW, CW018757
Master of Social Work, Clinical Social Work, Marywood University
Master of Education, Arcadia University
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvanian with almost 10 years of counseling experience. I have worked with adult individuals and groups around trauma healing, recovery, and empowerment. Many of these individuals have struggled most of their lives with anxiety, depression, and chronic PTSD. How does your past interfere with your present? And how might we improve the present through self-awareness, education and some coping skills? For clients who desire a deeper healing, I have found the therapies of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR to be helpful. these approaches have allowed many people to move beyond their past into a better present and future.
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