Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Prolonged exposure (PE), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I am an Army Veteran and have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have extensive experience treating a culturally diverse population who experience symptoms from combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Assault, and childhood (physical, emotional, and sexual) trauma, struggles with personality, as well as depression and anxiety. I specialize in trauma recovery and have been trained in a wide range of therapeutic orientations including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I use a client-centered approach to create a safe space while working through sensitive topics as well as teach my clients how to implement new skills in order to make lasting changes.
PsyD - Applied Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
I spend as much time surfing or at the beach as I possibly can, and enjoy running and lifting weights.
Supporting my own emotional well-being is extremely important so that I maintain my best self for my clients. I take a few mindful minutes every day, usually between sessions, to step outside and enjoy the sun or the ocean view.
I really love an organization called One More Wave. They provide surf lessons and (as needed) custom boards for Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. Surfing is my way of healing my little daily stressors.
Surfing is the ultimate way to recharge myself. There is something so healing about the ocean. I get a solid workout in blue space (research shows that just 5 minutes of physical activity in green or blue space tends to decrease depressive symptoms) and get to allow myself to enjoy nature while letting my mind take some time off.
I have a Great Dane named "Goose." Yes, like from Top Gun. He is uncharacteristically spazzy, and not lazy in the slightest. He keeps me on my toes, and is always up for a walk or a run, even though he does try to sandbag it and hide in the shade halfway through.
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