About TherapyTherapy is focused on you. You have the opportunity to be in a safe place where and to be who you are without judgment. You can bring all the parts of yourself – the good, the bad and the ugly, knowing without a doubt that there will be 100% confidentiality. That’s what makes therapy worthwhile.
Therapy is particularly useful if you’re in a painful or confusing situation and you don’t know what to do. Good therapists don’t tell you what to do or give advice – instead, they work with you to help you discover more about your values and your goals. Once you understand that you will be able to make better choices and experience less pain.
(If you’re wondering what to look for in a therapist I have some suggestions in this article )
In some situations, it can be very difficult to make good choices in the moment, even if you understand the choices are going to hurt you or others. That’s usually an indicator that there is some underlying trauma. Trauma can be lots of things – some of the big, some of them small. Even some traumas that we think of as pretty small can sometimes contribute to our inability to make better decisions in the moment.
That’s part of why I started studying trauma early on in my career. I wanted to be able to help people who felt stuck. Once I completed my three-year intensive trauma training (you can read more about it on the Somatic Experiencing page) I found myself able to help patients who had experienced trauma get their lives back. Whether the trauma was "big" or "small," I've found that Somatic Experiencing can be helpful in many situations where regular therapy doesn't quite get the job done.
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About MeI started as a Family Therapist at The Meadows, a treatment center in Wickenburg, AZ (USA) that's world-famous for treatment of Trauma. While there I was provided training and treatment in Post-Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody. Following that I began working with A Sober Way Home in Prescott, AZ (USA) starting as a contractor, then Primary Therapist and finally Clinical Director - a position I held for five years. In early 2016 I decided to return to my passion – working directly with clients struggling with addiction and their families.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN (USA) in 2001
- Master’s Degree in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in Bloomington, MN (USA) in 2006
Training and Certifications:
- Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Other interesting facts about me:
- I served as a faculty member at Grand Canyon University’s graduate program for addiction and counseling. I've also taught at Rio Salado Community College in their addiction and substance abuse program and at Ottawa University’s undergraduate psychology program.
- I have specialized, post-graduate training in treatment of substance abuse, alcoholism, sex addiction, trauma, PTSD, attachment-focused therapies and personality disorders.
- I appeared on A&E's Intervention four times.
- I published an article about families and addiction with National Geographic.
- I co-wrote a Christ-focused book on sex addiction called "Porn Again."
- I clocked over 100 hours of post-licensure class time and supervision in trauma treatment.