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Languages: English, Spanish
• Substance Abuse
• Addictive Behavior
• Sexually Deviant Behavior
• Intimate Partner Conflict
• Emotional Mastery
THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
For adults: ages 12/+
Available during any stage of your relationship to help you meet your own needs in the relationship and those of your partner
For you and one or more loved one(s) (e.g., family or household member) who desire to come together in working toward a common goal
Prior to being a therapist, I was a US Army medic for 6 years. This is where I learned that not all wounds are visible. Not being able to treat “invisible wounds” pushed me to become a therapist once I separated from the Army. Life can sometimes feel like a war zone. It does not have to be this way. My goal is to help you develop the skills you need to maneuver your way through life’s trenches.
I particularly enjoy working with:
• Individuals struggling with substance abuse problems
• Individuals struggling with addictive behaviors
Much of my work with individuals is with those who are struggling with substance abuse, addictive behaviors, depression, and anxiety. I also have experience working with schizophrenia and bipolar.
I work with couples who are trying to regain what they once had. I help couples navigate issues such as an infidelity, barriers to communication, and active addiction.
I enjoy working with families. Family work is important to me because it can help create a positive environment for everyone to flourish in. When working with families, I will assist them with navigating difficult issues such as domestic violence, addiction, and intergenerational trauma.
As a therapist, I have worked in various clinical settings. I started my journey at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center working with clients in active addiction. I have worked in community mental health clinics with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia. I also have experience working in Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) with clients recently released from the hospital. I was contracted out by the Department of Corrections to provide rehabilitation services and case management for parolees. Prior to joining Parks & Powers Psychotherapy, I have most recently been providing telehealth substance abuse treatment in individual and group settings since the pandemic started.
Purpose of Therapy
The purpose of therapy is to equip you with the skills you will need to take on the curveballs that life throws your away. My job is to create a safe place to explore and collaborate on whatever issue arises. Then as a team, we develop a plan of action that fits your needs. I believe that you are the expert in yourself and that with a little guidance you can tap into your true self.
How I Can Help
In my opinion, therapy will not work if you do not feel connected with the provider. For this reason, I offer an initial no-cost 15-minute consultation so that you can ask me additional questions to determine if I am a good fit for you.
My Approach to Helping
My approach to helping consists of creating a safe place for us to explore current issues, past traumas, and taboo topics. I accomplish this by showing my complete support and acceptance of you no matter what you say or do. The most important skill I teach is helping clients become comfortable with their uncomfortable emotions.
My Role as Your Therapist
At the same time, or at different times, I may:
- Listen to your personal experience
- Help you process thoughts and emotions regarding adverse experiences
- Create a safe environment to explore uncomfortable emotions
- Provide education regarding diagnosis, symptoms, and healthy coping strategies
- Offer unconditional positive regard
- Point out thinking traps and self-sabotaging behavior
- Collaborate with you to develop a plan of action
- Provide a positive therapeutic experience and shatter stigma
My Therapy Approach
I practice as an eclectic therapist. As an eclectic therapist, I incorporate different theoretical approaches into my work. I base my decision of what theoretical approach to adopt on how that modality fits your situation.
My preferred modalities include Dialectical Behavior therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Strategic Family therapy, Narrative therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy.
Frequency of Therapy
We will generally meet once weekly for the first 4-6 sessions, where we will work on establishing our therapeutic alliance and work on alleviating some of the most pressing issues you’re experiencing.
Couple & Family Sessions
We will generally continue to meet every 1 to 2 weeks. Sessions will decrease in frequency as you progress in treatment. This allows for you to practice outside of treatment the skills we have been learning. As you meet your goals, sessions may be once every 1 to 2 months until we end therapy.
We will generally continue to meet weekly and will sometimes increase the time between sessions to 2 weeks so that you have opportunities to practice what we’ve worked on in session. As you accomplish your goals in therapy, sessions may be once every 3 to 4 weeks until we end therapy.
Duration of Therapy
Therapy ends when you have met your goals that we set in the beginning. However, you may choose to terminate at any time for any reason.
Regardless of the time that we worked together, I welcome you to return for sessions as you need or desire. Sometimes we need a session as a:
• because a new issue arises
• there’s been a relapse to old behaviors
• Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology (emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy)
• Bachelors of Arts, Psychology