my approach

What does therapy look like? 

I approach therapy from a Humanistic framework, basically meaning you are a unique individual, and your subjective way to perceive the world is just as important as the objective reality.  I like to begin therapy by hearing your story, learning more about your view of the world, as well as current coping strategies.  Whether you have read books/articles, listened to podcasts, or you follow a well known psychologist on Instagram, this is my chance to catch up to where you are and what informs you.  We can fill in the gaps and do some practice to address what is and isn't working.  Defenses are there for a reason and I respect them, with the goal of building your distress tolerance before we go any deeper.  

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Do you offer in person?

Yes, I offer in-person therapy in Knoxville, TN and telehealth therapy in Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee. I have found that telehealth can be just as effective as in-person therapy.   I also respect you as an individual and I realize it is not for everyone, so I encourage you to find the best fit for you even if that isn't me. 

What if we're not a good fit?

That happens occasionally, and I never take it personal.  This process is about you, not me.  If I realize I am unable to offer what it is you need, I will be up front with you and provide referrals.  My hope is that you feel comfortable telling me if you feel the same.  Sometimes the communication is enough to change the course of treatment, and other times a referral to another provider is necessary.   

What treatment modalities do you use?

This all depends on the individual.  I don't use the same modalities with everyone, as each have different implications and restrictions.  A few areas I have received training in that I use often are EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills to include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.  You always get a choice in what we focus on, and how we approach this work.