I believe in each person’s right to choose their path of treatment and in their innate ability for healing, growth and recovery.
Life can feel hopeless and overwhelming sometimes, even in the most balanced of circumstances. Our learned responses to stress can increase those feelings. I believe in hope, and it is my privilege to walk along side people and hold hope for them, until they are able to fully embrace it on their own.
As a registered counseling intern, it is my goal to offer strengths-based, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate counseling using a variety of approaches that best suit each individual’s needs. My counseling philosophy is largely informed by interpersonal neurobiology and theories of trauma and attachment.
Which means what, exactly?
I believe our relationships and our experiences have a significant impact on our well-being. Our brains and bodies have a remarkable capacity for survival and for healing. I believe that many of the symptoms that we consider illness are part of the brain's natural response to stressful situations in our environment. Somewhere along the way, those responses have become patterns that govern thinking and behavior, even when the original stressors are gone.
People heal by honoring their mind/body responses, by recognizing and meeting their needs, and by developing self-understanding and self-compassion. It would be my honor to join with you on your journey of healing and growth!