MFC #25562 

  

 

 

 

 

Trauma

 

Trauma

I have been working for over 40 years with children and adults with history of Trauma. As a counselor in residential treatment facilities, as a supervisor, and doing individual and family therapy. Clients have included child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and community violence.  and domestic violence.

My work with trauma includes a profound awareness of the pain and loss that results from trauma, and a willingness to hold that pain and connect with the person in pain. My work with trauma combines the techniques of sensory-motor psychotherapy as developed by Pat Ogden and others, and documented well in Sensorymotor Psychotherapy by Pat Ogden, Kekuni Minton, and Clare Pain.

For more information on sensorymotor psychotherapy you can go to: http://www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

Often trauma can lead to secondary anxiety, depression, phobias, substance abuse, and various strategies to avoid situations or thoughts that may remind a person of the trauma. In these cases I may also utilize techniques from the work of Milton Erickson, Haley, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to address these issues.

 

Recovery - Substance Abuse

Supporting Recovery

I have been working with teens, young adults, and adults in recovery for over 20 years. I also work with people who are, or have been affected by the drinking, substance abuse, or mental illness of a friend or family member.  My experience includes work in inpatient and outpatient programs and in private practice.

My personal experience includes past abuse of marijuana and cocaine. I am active in 12 step programs, and have been sober for 27 years since January 1984. I have also been an active member of Al-Anon for many years.

I enjoy working with addicts and alcoholics, and supporting family members struggling with addiction. My approach is very flexible, and responsive to individual differences. While I personally have found considerable support in 12 step programs, I understand that this is not necessarily the approach for everyone. I am comfortable with Lifering and other secular group support approaches.

I believe in meeting a person where they are in their readiness to address problems, and work with them in a way that matches their stage of readiness for change. My work includes motivational interviewing methods, as well as support for the 12 step approaches for those who are working, or willing to consider working a 12 step program.

Drug and alcohol abuse create incredible suffering in the lives of both the addict/alcoholic and the lives of family members. While there is no assurance of success in recovery, there is no question that good support is essential, and quality professional support can help greatly in helping individuals recognize that a problem exists, and begin to take positive steps toward increase

In addition to my private practice I currently work with Larry Fritzlan Recovery Services, providing individual and family therapy, primarily to teens and young adults and their families.

 

Family Systems

 

Family Therapy and Family Systems Theory are a development of psychotherapy in which focus is on the family or couple, rather than just an individual.  Attention is paid to patterns of communication, family dynamics and ways that the family may become stuck in patterns that may not be satisfying or useful.

 

My work is influenced by Milton Erickson, John Bowlby, Salvador Minuchin, Jay Haley, Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, Gregory Bateson, Paul, Watzlawick, and others.

 

Family Systems models assume that much in human behavior is social, and that patterns of behavior are not simply intra-psychic and a problem with an individual psyche, but may result from patterns between family members (or other systems). These patterns can become reciprocally reinforced. It may be very difficult for an individual in a family system (or couple) to change because patterns in the relationship or family relationships evoke and maintain a stable pattern. Family systems work attempts to loosen these patterns and support a family in reorienting around more flexible and healthy ways of relating.

Work may focus on the structure of family relationships, patterns of intimacy or attachment (or restrictions, cutoffs and conflict) between various family members, and the impact that has on each family member. I often support family members in looking at difficulties in expression of emotions, confidence in being assertive within the family, and by supporting family members to be able to enjoy family life, and to play and work collaboratively.

With younger children, focus may be on the mother/child or father/child dyads and how well the parent is able to tune in to the needs of the child and effectively support them in mastering developmental tasks.

My work integrates traditional family systems work with attachment theory, infant mental health, and with influences from mentalization based therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other approaches.

 

 

 

 

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Disability

 

Discovering the disability of a child, or becoming disabled can be traumatizing, and incredibly painful and challenging for families. My work supports parents in addressing the confusing and at times frustrating process of trying to obtain appropriate services for children with autism. developmental delays, learning problems, ADHD, visual or hearing challenges, sensory sensitivities, physical, or other problems.

My personal history includes residual paralysis, and multiple surgeries following polio at age 5. Although I was fortunate that my disability is not very severe, I have personal experience of the impact, both physical and emotional, on myself and my family.

I use a strength based approach in working with disability, helping to identify resources, and develop adaptations to enable the child or adult to function as well as possible, given their personal limitations. With families, I help address the complex feelings of loss, powerlessness, and at times guilt or shame felt by family members.

In addressing issues of disability in children, I believe it is vital for children and parents to play together. Early learning both verbal and non-verbal, emotional regulation, development of autonomy and of a sense of competence and confidence will emerge naturally when support and adaptation enables parents and children to be able to play and enjoy each-other.

My approaches include approaches from Infant Mental Health, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, and family systems in working with disabilities. Although not DIR certified, my work is strongly influenced by Stanley Greenspan’s work, as well as that of Alicia Lieverman, Jeree Paul, Barbara Kalmanson, and others. I am trained in the use of DC:0-3 for diagnosis of mental health and developmental challenges in young children.

  

Discovering the disability of a child, or becoming disabled can be traumatizing, and incredibly painful and challenging for families. My work supports parents in addressing the confusing and at times frustrating process of trying to obtain appropriate services for children with autism. developmental delays, learning problems, ADHD, visual or hearing challenges, sensory sensitivities, physical, or other problems.

My personal history includes residual paralysis, and multiple surgeries following polio at age 5. Although I was fortunate that my disability is not very severe, I have personal experience of the impact, both physical and emotional, on myself and my family.

I use a strength based approach in working with disability, helping to identify resources, and develop adaptations to enable the child or adult to function as well as possible, given their personal limitations. With families, I help address the complex feelings of loss, powerlessness, and at times guilt or shame felt by family members.

In addressing issues of disability in children, I believe it is vital for children and parents to play together. Early learning both verbal and non-verbal, emotional regulation, development of autonomy and of a sense of competence and confidence will emerge naturally when support and adaptation enables parents and children to be able to play and enjoy each-other.

My approaches include approaches from Infant Mental Health, Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, and family systems in working with disabilities. Although not DIR certified, my work is strongly influenced by Stanley Greenspan’s work, as well as that of Alicia Lieverman, Jeree Paul, Barbara Kalmanson, and others. I am trained in the use of DC:0-3 for diagnosis of mental health and developmental challenges in young children.

 

 

 

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