As a young girl, I experienced my own traumatic events. As an adult, I too had to do the hard work of healing my own history. I know, first hand, that doing this work can profoundly change your life. I also know that this work is at times very difficult. Having a skilled and caring therapist can make the journey take less time and be more successful! I have worked to focus my education and training on the skills vital to helping people heal their upsetting, persistent, or traumatic histories. I have the education, skills, and personal experiences to help you through this challenging and rewarding process.
I believe that many problems people struggle with today are rooted in their past experiences.
Our minds naturally wants to process through, make sense of and resolve what we have experienced. But sometimes when an experience is too big, too scary, too intense, or just too much our brain cannot process it and it gets stuck. That stuck material needs to be resolved. Until it gets resolved it will keep coming up and messing with our life. Those stuck experiences can become upsetting intrusive memories that can feel like re-experiencing (flashbacks). Stuck memories can also result in depression, anxiety, low self worth or difficulty trusting people. They can also show up as repeating patterns of life choices that keep keep leaving you in distress and chaos.
Childhood trauma can impact you up into adulthood.
When you grow up in a dysfunctional, unhealthy or toxic home you learn to survive in that environment. But here’s the problem – our childhoods are supposed to be where we learn to exist successfully in the greater world. The very skills that you learned to survive your home life can become the problems that prevent you from thriving out in the regular world. I believe it is best to resolve these issues using a three pronged approach: First – honor the fact that these tools did their job. They got you through a very difficult childhood. Second – heal the pain and hurt that is still attached to those awful memories. Third – learn healthier and more effective skills.
- I have my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton TX.
- I received my Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in San Marcos TX.
- I learned EMDR from Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC of Tempe AZ (an EMDRIA approved trainer who has worked with complex trauma her whole career).