I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and EMDRIA Certified Therapist in EMDR. My specialty areas are Complex Trauma (PTSD, sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence, etc.), Dissociative Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina as well as an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Spanish from The Ohio State University. While I began my practice with a mindfulness-based approach, I quickly realized that while learning mindfulness techniques to mitigate present moment concerns is important, there is almost always an underlying trauma (usually from childhood) that must be fully addressed before healing can occur.
These traumas can be overt, such as abuse or neglect, or more insidious, such as a disparaging comment made by a parent or a peer. These traumas, whether “Big T” or “Little t,” are the reason we have the “voice in our head”—the inner critic who tells us that we aren’t good enough, worthy enough, beautiful enough…
The work I do—which is a combination of early attachment work, ego state therapy, and EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment used to heal trauma/PTSD)—helps to transform the negative inner critic once and for all.
This process of transformation, however, is not always quick—it usually takes a lifetime to accumulate these self-limiting beliefs, so it takes some time to transform them (and often in a non-linear way!). I often use the example that “regular” talk therapy is akin to mowing the grass, but attachment/trauma work is like pulling out the root.
What I most want people to know is that this negative inner voice is an absolute lie; that due to unconscious processes, we adopt these self-limiting beliefs as the truth without ever being given the opportunity to examine whether these beliefs are indeed the truth.