The treatment focus is on the addictive behaviors and symptoms and the underlying mental health issues so that the compulsion to continue in the addiction decreases. I take a compassionate approach without judgment and recognize the person as a person and not the sum of their behaviors.
I specialize with adolescents and have been working with them for over a decade. Working with teenagers takes special skills and natural talent. My style is to be very “real,” and of course, compassionate. The teenagers really appreciate this, and the connection is very natural.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which is an evidence-based trauma treatment that has been proven to work for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms as well as other “smaller” traumas. I have been amazed by how this treatment has stopped intrusive thoughts, nightmares, panic attacks, flashbacks, and other anxiety disorders. I believe so much in this treatment because I have seen EMDR perform miracles for my clients.
Depression and Anxiety
This treatment focuses on self-discovery and examination. This does not have to be a painful process. Often people think that therapy will be an emotionally painful experience. The reality is that our journey together is a multitude of feelings that ultimately can be enlightening and freeing and creates a beautiful process. My clients and I are very connected and together we challenge the negative thoughts and beliefs that humans often think and are not even aware that they are thinking. I approach treatments as looking within and learning about yourself and your truth and realizing your potential.
Social Anxiety Group
This group is for adolescents and middle schoolers. More frequently I am seeing kids who are having pretty intense anxiety in social settings. Clearly, this is a disorder that can make a person unable to function in their life. The best treatment is group therapy. People learn in the group that they can connect with their peers and that people do like them. Then they build confidence to relate to people outside of the group. Because if they can do it in therapy, they can do it outside of treatment!
I offer groups for adolescents and young adults struggling with any type of substance abuse. I incorporate DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) skills that are proven to help decrease negative thinking and behaviors. Also, it’s been said that addiction is the opposite of connection. I completely agree with this statement. So, in addition, I help my clients to develop connections with their peers and share their struggles. My clients will develop skills to cope with life and learn how to reconnect with people. This group will meet twice a week for an hour and a half. This treatment is for the person who is experiencing problems but hasn’t reached the level of IOP (Intensive Outpatient) or inpatient.
Life Skills Group
This group is offered for adolescents and adults. The reality is that no one teaches us how to get through difficult times in this human experience. This group will offer real skills that are easily understood and very applicable to life. The client becomes free of the internal negativity that rules their life and is able to function better in their personal and work relationships and take better care of themselves.
Often when I am working with teenagers, incorporating parents and the whole family can be the key to the successful treatment of the teen. As a parent it can feel like you don’t have any more influence on your child, however, that is simply not true. Actually, it is quite the opposite. When parents become part of treatment and communication, then trust builds and parents can, in fact, be the “medicine” that a child needs for increased functioning.