Imagine waking up with a ton of bricks sitting on your chest, and the more you try to get out of bed and live your life, the more you realize you simply can’t. Depression can mean different things to different people. Someone might feel like they’re just not enjoying daily activities anymore, and another person may feel incapable of getting out of bed and doing anything.
I help people manage their depression by digging into the behavior patterns and negative thoughts that are causing their depression. A major symptom of depression is when someone feels like they no longer have joy in their life. I start by helping people revisit activities that do bring them joy, and then make time in their schedule to create some joy in their lives.
Everyone feels anxiety caused by certain life events. For example, if you realized a bear was stalking you on your hike, your heart would probably jump! But sometimes people feel so anxious that they are unable to lead their lives as they would like to.
I help people manage their anxiety by determining what makes them feel anxious and breaking down the underlying thoughts causing anxiety. I collaborate with my clients to work through their anxiety triggers and monitor their stress level before, during, and after treatment. I let my clients lead this process, and I create a supportive and safe environment for them to explore their anxieties.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents in the United States. Teens often have difficulty reaching out for support if they are experiencing suicidal ideation, because many adults jump immediately into problem-solving, which may or may not be what they’re looking for.
I have received training in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS), the two leading treatments of suicidal ideation based on current research. I partner with my clients to examine the thoughts and factors triggering their suicidal thoughts, put together a thorough safety plan, and develop the skills to manage intense emotions and negative thoughts.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment developed for people experiencing suicidal ideation, urges to self-harm, or other dangerous behavior urges. If you have an incredibly difficult time regulating big emotions, making your life feel like a roller coaster, despite what the world may tell you, there is nothing wrong with you. This means you were never given the opportunity to learn the right skills to manage these emotions and urges.
DBT focuses on teaching clients the skills to help you realize the life you want to live, as well as implementing these skills in your life. DBT includes a 6-month or 12-month commitment to both weekly therapy, but also participating in a weekly skills class. I offer DBT for both adult and teen clients, in partnership with Columbia City DBT. You can find information on Columbia City DBT’s skills groups, times, and rates here: