My Approach to Counseling
I am a firm believer that true healing cannot be done unless you incorporate healing at a whole-body level. Trauma is not just stored in your mind but is also stored in your body. Your body remembers traumas that you don’t always have memories for, and our bodies respond to unseen threats constantly after trauma.
Trauma damages the mind, the body, and the soul, creating a gap in how we process information in the world and how we process information about God.
My approach to counseling incorporates many different types of treatment modalities, including traditional therapy as well as somatic (body-focused) and mind/body. The goal is to not just heal the mind but to heal the body and soul as well.
Counseling really just happened to me. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to help people, but that idea presented itself much different when I was younger.
However, when I was 17, I was a student at Columbine High School during the 1999 massacre. The result of that traumatic event and the painful, frustrating and often defeating path back to reclaiming my own mental health, propelled me in the direction of wanting to help others heal from trauma.
I spent many years with so-called experts, none of which could help me. I had to learn to fight for myself in order to get anything accomplished and to stay sane. Then I found a Christian counselor who has helped me find myself again. I learned what I needed, how to take care of myself, and how important it is to have someone believe in you and to hold onto your hope when you have nothing left.
So I decided I wanted to become that person for all of the broken and hurting people who come to my door.
My Beliefs Which are Incorporated into my Clinical Practice
First and foremost, I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he came to earth in human form in order to save mankind from their sins.
I believe that true healing is only possible when a person incorporates spiritual healing into their trauma treatment. I incorporate spiritual healing, prayer, meditation, and Christ into the healing work that I do.
I have found deeper and more effective healing when a person is willing to accept this aspect as well. I also know that experiencing horrific trauma can and usually does destroy or disable a person’s faith and willingness to accept God.
I also believe that God is the ultimate healer and wants desperately for His children to know Him as their healer. Incorporating healing the spiritual brokenness, fear, distrust, and disbelief, in my treatment of trauma allows for restoration of hope, peace, and relationship with God.