My work incorporates a whole-body approach to wellness as it applies to treating psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD as well as physiological concerns like hypertension and heart health, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, sleep dysfunction, and other maladaptive systemic responses to poor stress management. Often, these maladies lead to problems at work, with familial, and social lives. Another passion of mine is education. Incorporating psychoeducation into counseling on the detrimental effects of stress on health, especially on heart health, as well as importance of effective and enjoyable stress-management techniques is something, I feel, is invaluable for clients.
Over the past 7 years, my focus has been on the development of tailored interventions with the use of biofeedback technology, aimed at acute and long term behavioral and cognitive coping techniques. These interventions are designed to improve relaxation skills and therefore heart health over time. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to stress management (which often provides clients with only a small number of low to modestly effective coping techniques) self-selected coping activities seem to work well, thereby increasing long-term sustainable use of that coping activity while also decreasing the long term psychological and physiological complications of poor stress management.
Utilizing a CBT orientation along with a strong dose of humanistic and positive psychology, I believe in a person-centered approach to mental wellness which helps me and the client focus on their strengths, not just areas needing improvement. I am a very down-to-earth person, empathic, and tend to connect with clients quickly.
I am extremely passionate about health and wellness and look forward to new opportunities to help others!