"It's not your job to face the job alone"
"It's not your job to face the job alone"
A Warrior’s Light is a private practice inspired by my passion to provide mental health treatment services for those who serve and that have served. Professionals include military personnel, first responders and families of these populations.
Suicide rates are high among people in these helping professions not to mention depression, anxiety, burnout and overall dissatisfaction of life. First responders are vulnerable to developing what we call "Emergency Responders Exhaustion Syndrome" or ERES. ERES, commonly known as PTSD is gradual in its buildup and complex in its symptomatology. If gone untreated, symptoms can become increasingly worse and the risk for suicide increases. Getting into treatment early on can significantly reduce these risks. I commonly use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) which according to research, as well as my experience with clients, has proven to be a very effective treatment.
My experience includes working with Division of Child and Family Services investigating child abuse, juvenile & adult corrections for 25 years. Within those 25 years, I have been practicing as a licensed therapist for 5 years. I have had the opportunity to work with military personnel, corrections staff, law enforcement personnel, firefighters, medical providers and family members of these populations.
My focus is to provide tools for individuals to heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. Pretending like you are okay when you are not becomes exhausting. Especially when you are managing many roles in your life such as work and family. If you are experiencing the following symptoms: relationship problems, unusual irritability, anger, depression, anxiety, feeling numb, suicidal thoughts, grief, low energy, addiction, traumatic memories and overall dissatisfaction with life, these are my specialties. The answers lie within you, and together we will assist you to uncover, connect with them and discover a resolution.
Sometimes we need a safe, confidential and non judgmental space to take our game face off and let go of what isn't serving us. My interest is to provide tools to encourage you to move through your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. We can achieve this together by customizing an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. As your therapist, it is my privilege and honor to support your experience of healing and growth.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through treatment, I am able to offer you tools to recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
First responders are vulnerable to experiencing what we call Emergency Responders Exhaustion Syndrome. This can be even more dangerous than PTSD caused from a single traumatic event, largely because it is more likely to go unnoticed and untreated. When a catastrophic event occurs, such as an officer-involved shooting, seeking treatment such as EMDR can be helpful in reducing the risk of the trauma manifesting into PTSD. Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger from post traumatic events. I can offer you tools to overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Overcoming addiction can be challenging. Counseling is an essential part of addiction treatment for many people. EMDR, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from addictions. Therapy can also treat other conditions or issues that often drive addiction. Through therapy I am able to offer you copings, insight and resolution to what it is about the present or the past that makes life untolerable to be present for.
EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a treatment modality that I commonly use in session for treating trauma and other co occurring symptoms such as and not limited to anxiety and depression. EMDR therapy is a treatment approach that has been widely validated by research for the treatment of PTSD. The following video explains more in detail what EMDR is about.