A Little About What I Do: Part III
This is the third part in my introduction blog, and today I wanted to talk about some of my specialties and areas where I have specific experience.
If you’ve read my counseling approach on the website you will see that, along with mental health counseling, I am specifically trained in art therapy. I use art and creativity with all of my clients in some way or another. This doesn’t always mean that we are getting out art supplies and creating something physical. Sometimes I use the training that I have in art therapy to help clients create a different perspective toward reaching their goals. I use art and creativity as one of my primary therapeutic modalities, meaning that I often look at therapy through the lens of an artist. This gives a unique viewpoint on how someone can work on their concerns in the therapy session. By using creativity, it sometimes helps clients get out of the logical, overthinking side of the brain and use a whole-brain experience, interweaving thinking parts of the brain with feeling parts.
For more information on art therapy, see the bottom of my website in the “What is Art Therapy?” section.
Another area that I have specific experience is with clients who suffer from PTSD. I have worked with individuals who have lived through traumatic experiences including those suffering from childhood abuse, sexual assaults, and soldiers returning from combat. In my personal life, I have experienced traumatic childhood events, which give me a unique perspective in helping sufferers of PTSD. I have also worked as a U.S. Army soldier and I am currently married to one, so I have gained insight into military PTSD from a firsthand perspective. I often work with those suffering from PTSD in a way that promotes Post-Traumatic Growth. This means that you don’t have to be a victim to your PTSD. Post-Traumatic Growth builds upon resiliency and strength, so that you can use your experience with traumatic events to strengthen your future instead of holding you back from your life.
A third area that I am particularly experienced in is working with individuals who identify as Highly-Sensitive People. People who identify as such might be more susceptible to anxiety and depression because they don’t have a shield against triggers in their lives. In our work together, we can navigate ways you can protect yourself from absorbing negativity while still valuing the amazing skills you have in being a Highly Sensitive Person.
These are just a few of the areas that I have experiences in. You can see a more complete list of my specializations on the “Specializations” page on my website.