My Philosophy & Approach

 

My approach to therapeutic work relies heavily on my training and study of trauma and its neurobiology, as well as strengths based modalities. Depending on the needs of the client, I utilize  therapeutic models from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy and Minuchin Structural Family therapy, in addition to other holistic and alternative options.  In consideration of the client’s age and their developmental needs vis a vis their trauma issues, I may collaborate with others to administer these EGALA and other Equine Therapies, Art therapy or projective sand tray work. I also firmly believe that allowing clients to utilize faith-based support systems, should they exist to aid in their healing process is critical for optimal outcomes.

 

After decades of this work, I've found that people struggling with interpersonal relationships, as well as anxiety,panic and depressive disorders, who fall short with medications tend to overlook something imperative during their treatment. We know trauma incidents or inconsistent parenting styles can negatively impact the way a person manages their interpersonal relationships, hence the need for a sound trauma framework in their assessment and therapies. Medication and cognitive interventions only work so well in the remission of entrenched symptoms. Most often for these cases, we need to dig deeper and help the client shift their neuroprocessing. Moreover, we need to help them heal at the deepest emotional levels. Without both the emotive or neuro RE-processing part of therapy, healing cannot be complete.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

    ― Mother Teresa