The greatest gift I can give someone is to help them feel connected with themselves and others. When we are unable to feel comfortable in our own skin, we become vulnerable to unhealthy boundaries, toxic relationships, and loneliness. I believe a big step we can take towards finding joy is paying more attention to ourselves and understanding our own needs.
I have a Masters Degree from (the) Ohio State University and a BA in Psychology from UNC-Asheville. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (010643) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate (24404). I started my career in Chicago because I had a yearning to live in a large city. However, I fairly quickly realized how much I missed the mountains (and biscuits) in North Carolina and returned in 2017.
My treatment approach is a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness based approaches, which assist clients in learning patterns of behavior that have become maladaptive. The goal is to develop awareness into these patterns so clients can have a stronger understanding of themselves, while also learning more effective tools for regulating emotions. Depression, intense anger, substance use can all be reduced with the introduction of new behavior patterns. Our brains are complex, but are looking for strategies to cope with pain, we just need to show them how.