When working with my clients in a therapeutic relationship, I look at their lives from a bio-psycho-social perspective. In other words, their individuality is made up of their genetic factors, psychological factors, and social experiences that shape them in their uniqueness. I remember all of these ways that make people unique, and keep them in mind when walking through the challenges and hardships that my clients bring to therapy. Within my time in graduate school and beyond, I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. I led experiential play therapy groups for children who witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence/sexual abuse as well as saw children on an individualized basis. I did equine-assisted psychotherapy with adolescents in the juvenile justice system suffering with behavioral issues or issues surrounding trauma. I worked with the eating disorder population for over a year before moving into another behavioral health hospital where the clients suffer from depressive, mood, and behavioral disorders.
My areas of specialty include the treatment of Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, and Eating Disorders. Most of the clients I have seen during my time in graduate school had experienced some type of trauma in the form of abuse or neglect. I am trained in the following evidenced based treatments: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy. When working with children and adolescents, I have also utilized Family-Based Treatment for holistic care of my patients. Overall, I have 4 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling at this point in my career.
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