Welcome to my bio and my personal 3 i’s…
“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.”
This quote by holocaust survivor, Viktor E. Frankl reflects my view of how therapy can help you shift your perspective and give meaning to your life circumstances. Clients in my private practice struggle with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction, depression, relationship struggles, ADD, PTSD, life transitions and more. It is my goal to help my clients reduce their suffering by identifying coping skills that promote positive change. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, experiential, psychodynamic, ETT (emotional transformation therapy) and psychodrama. I work with teens and adults in individual, group and family therapy.
I am frequently asked the question, “What do the 3 i’s in Thriiive Practices mean?” I am glad you asked. The 3 i’s represent the role of a therapeutic relationship. The “I am” is about gaining insight and self-awareness. The “I believe” helps us identify irrational, distorted beliefs that can dictate negative actions and limit our success. And finally, the “I am working on…” leads to the areas identified for growth and healing.
Many of us Cowboy fans remember Jimmy Johnson’s infamous quote:
“If you’re going to talk the talk, you better walk the walk.” I agree with the former coach and want to share my 3 i’s with you….
I am” in recovery from an eating disorder. I am thankful that I am no longer consumed with exercise, food, weight and size. I am a stronger person for getting the help I needed to change. I believe my personal struggles with exercise bulimia gives me a perspective of understanding and empathy into the illness.
I am a helper. I always have been. I was “the friend” everyone came to for advice. I believe the advice I gave to my friends when I was growing up led me to chase my dream of becoming a psychotherapist. I am always working on new ways to help my clients by training in a multitude of therapeutic modalities.
I am a child of God. I believe God’s love is limitless and that God will reach us any way he can…whether that is through religion, spirituality, nature, universe…etc. I believe it is our faith that connects us with God. I am working on surrendering my strong ties with “control” to God’s will for me. Every time I have surrendered, the outcome has truly been greater than I could imagine. I am an adult with ADHD and anxiety so you all out there that have anxiety know how hard it is to surrender control. It is something I will be working on for my life time. Change is the one constant thing we deal with so it is a good thing I finally surrendered to this fact!
Now let’s Thriiive together!