My counseling style is influenced by intersectional feminist theory, which assumes the presence of external, societal pressures on each person’s lived experience. Examples of this are gender role expectations, cultural traditions you are steeped in, and value society places on us based on characteristics like age, able-bodiedness, attractiveness, and education level. The impact of these forces can make a person feel powerless, even hopeless. My belief is that despite what external voices may say, every person is inherently good, powerful, and worthy of respect, love, and growth.
The main way we will work together is by my inviting you to tell stories from your life that have made you who you are. We will find out how far back certain thought and emotion patterns go... or where, when, and from whom certain messages about yourself and the world came to you. This allows us to call some harsh assumptions into question. What this means is that your story matters, that you can discover and live by values you choose, that you are resilient, and that change happens on your terms.
I am comfortable hearing survivors' stories of sexual and interpersonal violence, if their chosen road to recovery involves telling the story. I also respect the preference of those who do not revisit past events, but want to focus on the present and future. This respect is the essence of trauma-informed care. The way you get support is your choice; I will not push your boundaries. My greatest pride is holding space for people to explore their own material, direct their own process, and discover their own new insights. I will provide thought-provoking prompts, but you are always in control of your treatment.
I make sure to match treatment style with client need, and utilize evidence-based practices as appropriate. A few of the evidence-based modalities I incorporate into treatment are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)-informed interventions.
Reach out today if you are in search of a support who will maintain dedication to your empowerment and growth. Schedule a consultation by emailing or calling me at 828-548-1378.