Since the Department of Human Services began covering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2011, I have had the distinct pleasure of practicing on the ground floor as a state certified provider. My vision is to raise the bar of excellence in the way group and individual DBT services are approached. It it is my passion for that vision that led me to open my own clinic. DBT skills are presented in a creative, dynamic manner that provides clients with the opportunity for long lasting change in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Approach: It is such a joy and privilege to walk along side individuals in their healing journey. I find time and time again that clients have a great capacity to heal when they have the courage to come consistently and engage in sessions. When working with clients, my approach is guided by DBT and EMDR with the goal of long lasting change. DBT provides clients with skills that help them to effectively navigate difficult emotions and interpersonal relationships, while EMDR allows clients to reprocess their trauma in an adaptive resolution that helps them to experience joy and engage in life. When using EMDR in the second stage of DBT, emotional intensity is decreased and clients can use DBT skills more effectively.
Interests: I enjoy working with clients with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, adult and childhood physical, emotional and sexual abuse, panic disorder and anxiety and depression.
Favorite DBT Skill: “Observe” is one of my favorite DBT skills, another word I like to use is “Awareness” because we cannot change what we are not aware of. When we are aware of ourselves and others, we have many more choices available to us along with the opportunity to navigate effectively through our lives instead of the “automatic pilot” of habitual patterns. We can move through our lives with intention and empowerment to create a life worth living. When we are aware of our thoughts, emotions and action urges, we are able to use our DBT skills to become more compassionate to both ourselves and others.