Relationships are the essential element to a healthy and fulfilling life. When our relationships become imbalanced, we begin to experience certain pains such as depression or anxiety. Often our relationship with our own self is the first to suffer and yet, it is the one that is most influential. If we aren't connected with who we authentically are, we are unable to genuinely connect with others in our life.
Below I discuss more about the three central philosophies I utilize when working with clients
We all need relationships and desire secure attachments since the day we are born. Research has shown that throughout life and through each developmental stage, our core needs remain the same: to feel seen, to be heard, and to feel connected. We literally cannot survive without relationships. Attachment and family system theories illustrate how to develop healthy dynamics in supportive relationships. The more secure we are in relationships, the more secure we are with our independence.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware in the present moment. Mindfulness is the cultivation of awareness which is the essential first step in any stage of change. Research and a growing body of evidence proves the effectiveness of mindfulness in lowering stress hormones, increasing brain activity in executive functioning necessary for positive decision making, decreasing re-activity, and increasing overall measures of health.
Nature-based therapy goes hand in hand with mindfulness. It assists with learning the skills of mindfulness, bringing attention to the present moment. Exploring how we relate to the natural world and how it relates to us, offers guidance to gaining insight to how all life is connected. In addition, I utilize Animal Assisted Therapy as an evidence base therapeutic intervention. Animal Assisted Therapy has been shown to significantly lower PTSD symptoms and other symptoms beyond PTSD while improving self-confidence. Relating with animals helps increase insight in clients and facilitates processing of emotions. Animal Assisted Therapy often increases the effectiveness of therapy while decreasing the number of sessions needed.
Bailey and her new younger brother, Hank, often hang out at the office. Once they get to know you, they'll be so excited to see you and they may even try their best to cuddle with you on the couch. They're both rescued coonhounds as I'm a HUGE advocate for rescuing animals!
Please let me know if you have allergies or if you are fearful of animals, as this will be honored in the therapeutic process.