There are many things in life that impact mood; stressors, diet, and sudden changes in circumstances such as job loss or illness of a loved one. It is my belief that we can greatly impact our ability to cope by taking a holistic approach to mental, emotional and physical health.
I believe that each individual has specific needs for new coping skills. I like to temperament test my clients to create an individual stress management plan, as well as identify strengths and challenges. I tailor my approach based on my clients’ needs, which involves pulling from and teaching from an array of interventions.
I have previously facilitated a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group, and also utilized DBT in individual therapy. I previously worked in Community Mental Health with folks struggling with psychosis, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. I collaborated with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to support the use of animals as therapeutic tools, and helped with the creation of therapy animals.