As a trauma-informed therapist, I define trauma as anything that overwhelms our internal resources. I have particular expertise in addressing religious trauma, medical trauma, sexual trauma, and other forms of interpersonal trauma. There is no right way to respond to trauma. There is no right way to heal. Trauma-focused therapy can help us process, reflect, grieve, learn, and grow.
Depression can emerge for a variety of reasons - major life events, important transitions, losses, living in survival mode, failures, disappointments, burn out. The experience of depression can range from overwhelming sadness or anger, to hopelessness or numbness. Therapy can help offer relief.
Each human being experiences a multi-faceted set of identities. Parts of identity may be deeply important and interrelated to meaningful life experiences. For some, there are facets of identity that may be confusing or painful. Therapy can offer support in exploring identity - whether it be religion, gender, sexuality, race, or some other facet. Therapy offers the opportunity to discover and understand your authentic self.
People function as caregivers within their relationships, family dynamics, or even professional roles as teachers, medical professionals, administrators, or clergy. Caregivers may excel at taking care of others, but can sometimes struggle in asking for help or understanding their own needs. Caregivers may also experience unique stressors as they manage their roles. In therapy, we can acknowledge the joys and pains of serving in a caregiving role.
In addition to the specialties listed here, I have extensive experience working with a variety of mental health concerns. I can provide support to those seeking help with stress, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, and other areas of difficulty.