Depression, Anxiety, & Trauma

Mood disorders can offset every part of life.  We look at what you've had to face, what you try to avoid, and how you try to avoid.  The treatment you receive will be constructed to meet your needs.  Sensitivity toward your past experiences or trauma will be shown.  The focus will be more on the emotions and thought processes of those situations than the actual details of the situation(s).

Using Art and Music

For those who are interested, I love to incorporate art and music into treatment.  Music can put words to emotions that can be difficult to express, and art can encourage the gradual expression of those same emotions that have been so habitually repressed.  Sometimes song lyrics can also represent the faulty thinking in our culture.  Art and music are also very helpful when working with children.

Personality & Career Assessments

Since trauma could have an impact on thoughts, behaviors, career choices, and relationships, I offer assessments to look at certain qualities and interests.  For some clients, it is helpful to know more about their personality traits (strengths and weaknesses) and/or their career interest(s).  Other clients may be looking for a field that is better suited to their aptitudes. The most powerful parts of these inventories involve being able to see how strengths and weaknesses have to go together.  To every advantage there is a disadvantage, but no shame.  It can aid someone to help see how to achieve a better balance and to accept themselves as a whole package.


Theoretical Orientation

For the most part, my therapy style is based on theories from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Model Therapy, and Logotherapy.  I prefer to look at behavior and response patterns to reveal unhealthy thoughts and beliefs, teach more effective thought processes, and work with my clients to identify a clearer identity and purpose.

Faith Based Counseling

I ask my clients if they have a spiritual preference.  I respect any answer or preference given.  For those who wish to incorporate spiritual beliefs or challenge their spirituality or have this search be a part of therapy, this will not be taken lightly.  Spiritual preference can play a foundational role in a client's progress.  Part of developing identity and purpose can involve the direction that a client desires to take on this area of life.