Through your life experience, you already have some good ideas about what's working for you and what isn't, but making lasting change can feel difficult. Perhaps relationships have been more stressful than it feels like they should be. Perhaps anxiety or depression seem to steal your energy and stop you from doing what you truly want to do. Maybe you've made good traction in your career, but are looking for a shift or change, or want to try something completely new. My approach with clients is collaborative and detail-oriented. I take the time to truly understand who you are: your strengths, needs and values, so I can tailor my counseling uniquely to you.
What I bring to the table: my own experiences/challenges with relationships and dating, as well as (gratefully) my current relationship with my husband and kids; my own career evolution that led me from an MFA in Creative Writing in San Francisco, to being a therapist in Nashville. My own struggles with self-esteem and not recognizing my value, as well as bouts of anxiety and insomnia, and reaching out for help.
I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-MHSP #4887) in Tennessee. I have an MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University, an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BA in English from Vassar College.
I incorporate a variety of modalities into my therapy. I am currently deepening my work in a model called "Healing Our Core Issues," as well as an attachment-focused EMDR model. I believe in getting to the root of issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-worth, perfectionism, co-dependency, and emotional reactivity (that feels uncontrollable and out of proportion to the situation) or emotional shut-down. Looking back at our upbringing and how we learned to adapt in early relationships can help us make sense of our current behaviors. The "Healing Our Core Issues" model offers Inner Child work, as well as an experiential process for re-parenting those parts of ourselves that perhaps were not adequately parented when we were children. It is a more embodied process (operating on a different level from traditional "talk therapy" which tends to reside in the thinking/problem-solving part of our brain), where new neural pathways can be formed and contribute to lasting change. In conjunction with this process, we develop skills to be more functional, connected to others, and at peace in the present-day.
For more information about the "Healing our Core Issues" model and the work of Jan Bergstrom, M.Ed, LMHC, SEP, and Dr. Rick Butts, LPCC-S, SEP, you can visit the website here:
EMDR with an attachment-focus can help address present-day triggers that may be connected to historical memories that were never properly processed, therefore becoming stuck in the limbic system, or the emotional/feeling part of our brain. These trigger responses can be very frustrating because no matter how hard we try to work on them or do things differently, they seem to come up over and over again. EMDR helps past memories become more adaptively stored in the prefrontal cortex, with a sense of resolution.
For couples, I utilize a modality called Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) which helps identify unhelpful patterns of communication and what's happening for each partner beneath the surface when these patterns arise. As we build awareness around these cycles, and what each partner's underlying needs are, new pathways for connection will open up and bonds strengthen.