"Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts."
- Arnold Bennett
I had the privilege of providing care for people from diverse backgrounds in the community healthcare setting. This included individuals from marginalized communities as well as those dealing with profound challenges related to mental health and dual diagnosis.
The following are my areas of expertise and passion:
Adverse childhood experiences, culture, belonging, socioeconomic class, faith, and relationships are just some aspects of what shapes who we are as individuals. Traumatic events and other barriers like chronic illness/pain can feel out of control and difficult to manage.
As a trauma informed therapist, I use evidence based therapy like EMDR and CPT to assist individuals on the journey to healing.
Individuals who struggle with personality disorders have difficulties relating to people and situations. There are many types of personality disorders and they usually start in teen to early adulthood. Unhealthy thinking and behavior may cause significant limitations in someone's life. Using Dialectic Behavior Therapy, you can learn about your moods and behaviors, learn to cope with symptoms, and reduce behaviors that may interfere with functioning and relationships.
Perinatal Mental Health
"Postpartum depression" is often the phrase you hear regarding mental health of new parents. However, perinatal mental health include individuals experiencing loss and grief from miscarriage, adoption, stillborn, birth complications, and so much more. It not only examines depression but anxiety, OCD, psychosis, Bipolar, and PTSD both during and after. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can happen to anyone, but there is well researched treatment options out there. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) from Postpartum Support International (PSI) and I can help.
Due to stigma and discrimination, the LGBTQIA+ community are at risk for increased mental health concerns. I am LGBTQIA+ inclusive and provides a supportive environment to explore common challenges. With me, you are safe to discuss any questions and concerns regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, transition, and non-traditional relationship dynamics.
Military and Veterans
Military members both men and women express higher levels of stress in their military life and family life. These stressors and the constant demands can lead to feeling overwhelmed, depression, and anxiety. Military families are faced with number of challenges including the ups and downs of deployment and moving.
Trauma and stress related disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can begin when individuals are still on active duty; however, these traumas are often carried over after military service. Veterans encounter challenges with transition into civilian life, combat and non-combat related trauma, survivor's guilt, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and family conflicts among other issues.
First Responders serve an important role in protecting our citizens. They are constantly responding to crisis and experiencing high levels of stress with very little time to decompress and process. These repeated exposure to trauma and disaster can lead to increased stressed response.
As a veteran, I have a comprehensive understanding of life in the military. I want to continue to give back and help you and your family thrive.