There is no time like the present to hit the reset button, to take a ‘pause clause’, to re-evaluate your current situation, or to change the direction of your sails a bit. Is it scary? Yes. Will it be easy? Probably not. Regardless, you are here for the reason. You’ve gotten here because there’s a part of you that is ready to turn worry, sadness, etc. into action. You will not be alone in this journey. Below are the areas in which we specialize.
Traumatic experiences cause tremendous problems in people’s lives. It is my belief that the impact of trauma can be reduced and eliminated using research based strategies. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Narrative Exposure Therapy. The sooner you get started, the more joyful and genuine your life will be. Examples of traumatic experiences include sexual molestation, sexual assault, emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, death of a loved one, and community violence. It is important that one processes these traumatic events to ensure that the past does not continually impact one’s present. We all deserve the right to grow, love, and be happy.
SEXUALITY & GENDER IDENTITY
Conquering LGBTQIA+ related issues can be very difficult; however, becoming fully comfortable with one’s identity can be life changing. Doing so with the right clinician is also key. It’s important to work through any internal or external conflict related to your sexuality or gender identity. It is important to feel connected and supported when coming out, experiencing discrimination, creating a family, etc. In addition, this practice is also well experienced on the specific needs of the trans* community. I am a member of the Indiana Transgender Network and follow the WPATH Standards of Care. I am accustomed to processing the decisions surrounding transition, writing the required letters, processing the impact of transition within a couple, and supporting individuals through the experience in its entirety. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity, there is no time like today to work on becoming the healthiest and most authentic you.
Women deserve a focus on their unique needs and barriers. I’m here to help work through problems that women face and often feel alone in. Examples include infertility, miscarriage, child loss, trouble adjusting to parenthood, pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/parenting being a trigger of past sexual trauma, self-esteem and body image issues, assertiveness, fluctuations in libido, and more. Using feminist theories and cognitive behavioral approaches we can work to rid you of negative core beliefs so you can achieve your ideal self. Doing this can drastically improve the other areas of your busy life as well.
Truly practicing wellness and caring for one’s self is not easy to do. The culture in which we live promotes anxiety and feeds depression, among other difficult mental health issues. It is very normal to get stuck in habits that perpetuate these conditions. Sometimes what we need most is accountability—a plan that is monitored to modify behaviors you know do not serve you. We need someone to help us identify and monitor our practice of healthy habits for enhancing life quality. We get exactly one life, and sometimes we need an objective support to ensure that we are doing the things nourishing for our body and soul. This can include regular self-care, calm routine, behavioral modification/planning, processing relationships with exercise and nutrition, finding joy with chronic illness, etc. As a type 1 diabetic, I can understand the challenges. Let’s look at your life patterns and find a way of being in the world that better suits the real you.