There are a number of concerns that bring clients into therapy. This page has a sampling of many of those common concerns and also highlights my areas of speciality. Please scroll through the page for information on the following: Life Stressors; Anxiety/Depression; EMDR and Trauma; Alcohol/Drug Abuse; and Hepatitis, HIV and STDs.
Counseling can assist clients in identifying those things that they would like to change in their life and recognize ways in which to obtain those goals. The services of a counselor can be beneficial in helping clients to move forward rather than struggling with their current stressors.
Here is a brief sampling of the services that a therapist can provide to assist individuals:
• Mental Health Issues
• Family of Origin Difficulties
• Physical Health Difficulties
• Life Changes
Anxiety and Depression are one of the most common reasons that bring clients into therapy. Clients sometimes feel as though they have tried everything, only to continually suffer through their symptoms. Hopelessness, lack of motivation, agitation, fatigue, and feeling “stuck” are common feelings. While people with anxiety and/or depression often feel as though there is no solution, research has shown otherwise! There are a number of interventions that have been proven to teach clients how to manage their anxiety and/or depression. And in my clinical practice, those clients that have sought the services of a trained therapist have had the greatest success in reducing their anxiety and/or depression.
Throughout our lives, all of us will face some sort of traumatic and difficult situation. And while the majority of those traumas are mild and we are able to bounce back, sometimes those traumas are a little harder to move forward from. In 1979, Dr. Francine Shapiro created a trauma centered therapeutic approaches that uses bilateral stimulation to help reprocess trauma; she titled this approach Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing or EMDR. In the three decades since its inception, there have been a number of scientific studies to validate the use of EMDR to help treat mild to severe traumas. EMDR training is a specialized training and it should also be used by therapists that have completed their trainings with an accredited institution. I am fully trained in the use of EMDR and have great successes when using this modality with a number of clients. In my clinical practice, EMDR has been useful in treating adults and children with a number of presenting problems: grief/loss, low self esteem, difficulty moving forward from past relationships, phobias, anxiety, depression, abandonment fears, and more. Please visit the link below to learn more about EMDR and its use in clinical settings.
Struggling with addiction can be a difficult process and many clients come to treatment after unsuccessful attempts to curb their use on their own. I have found that addressing mental health issues such as problematic relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, etc., can greatly impact the success of addiction treatment. Therefore, my approach to substance abuse is a holistic approach that looks at other aspects in the client’s life, rather than just simply the substance use/abuse itself. Additionally, I prefer to utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy when treating addiction as it is an evidence based approach that has greatly assisted clients in giving them the tools needed to maintain sobriety. Clients oftentimes appreciate the pragmatic approach that CBT provides.
One of the major stressors that a person can experience is changes to their health status and being diagnosed with Hepatitis, HIV or an STD. I spent two years working at a local non-profit agency that specialized in part with providing counseling services for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In my years at that agency, I was fortunate to work with clients and help them reclaim their lives after they were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. I understand the unique complexities that come alongside this specific diagnosis such as having to deal with stigma, disclosing to loved ones, sex & dating, and more. While I am not a doctor, I also understand many of the medical complexities that relate to HIV/AIDS such as medication side effects, how the white blood cells play an integral role in your health, and what it means to have a low versus high viral load. In addition to my work as a counselor, I have formerly worked as a Community Liaison and have worked closely with members of AIDS service organizations in Southern Nevada and am knowledgeable about the many services offered by these different organizations.
In addition to working with HIV/AIDS, I am also trained as a Hepatitis Peer Educator, which means that I have a working knowledge about Hepatitis infections. Similar to HIV, persons that have Hepatitis have a number of presenting issues associated with this diagnosis such as stigma and medical complications.
Finally, many people that are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) oftentimes have negative feelings of guilt and even stigma associated with that diagnosis. For some people they feel a sense of shame of having contracted the infection and have difficulty moving forward. Common issues to work through include sex/dating, how to disclose to your partner, and accepting the diagnosis. Seeking the assistance of a trained counselor with experience in this area can have a powerful impact on the wellbeing of the client.