Individual & Group Counseling

 

I’ve been quite lucky in building up to this place in my counseling career to have been exposed to a wide range of experiences. However I have found that certain areas of interest stand out:

Treatment of the effects of trauma, early after the event or late after the accumulation of the effects have taken hold. We look at the neurological response, the patterns your brain has developed to protect you. We develop coping skills to mitigate your response to trigger memories whether it is from a motor vehicle accident, early childhood violence or neglect, domestic violence, crime related, combat related or some other circumstance.

Help in adjusting to a new or changes in a medical diagnosis. I have 20 plus years of working in medical research with a baseline in biology. Over those years I have talked to many folks, at the beginning of their journey, in the middle of their fight and later. I have talked with family members. I have delved into the details of the biology of the condition. I have found that the understanding that I bring to the equation is a helpful addition to the traditional therapy approach.

Addiction treatment and support during recovery maintenance period. I use a relapse prevention and a harm reduction model of recovery. We develop meaningful goals then strategies to meet those goals based on what will work best for you.

Couples counseling from prenuptial basic relationship skills, to long term emotional gridlock, and when all else is lost, effective dissolution (pop culture is now calling it conscious uncoupling). We look at your relationship dynamics, explore your relationship thinking patterns vs your partner’s for a better understanding of each partner’s emotional responses.

General anxiety, medical anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic and agoraphobia. I use brain based understanding of reactions and patterns, grounding techniques, emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills to prepare for prolonged exposure, which is often not needed by the time we get the skills in place.

Depression, suicide thoughts, prolonged grief. I use a whole person approach to explore what thought processes, patterns of behavior and activities might help you make emotional headway when you are overwhelmed. We explore lifestyle changes that may help and if those don’t work I refer to a prescriber to see if medical management of symptoms is an appropriate choice. I work with your prescriber for extra eyes on as you adjust to your medication dose.

Counseling can be fun and should be hard work because change is not easy. We will set goals and develop plans to meet those goals. I use simple measures to show progress, I map the progress so that we can discuss what is changing as a part of the therapeutic process, but there is always some room in the work for a good laugh.