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I create a customized approach to every client's needs for healing. I utilize several modalities (see below) to help you heal and manage symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief. I will help you find balance amidst stress, grow healthier relationships with others, learn how to manage anger, improve poor self esteem. I provide virtual psychotherapy via Zoom and safe in-person services indoors or outdoors on my private deck weather permitting.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
SFBT is grounded in the belief that although we may have strengths and resources to solve our difficulties, we often lose track of those resources and strengths when we are in emotional pain and under stress. We may need help identifying and developing new skills needed to achieve our goals. I believe you already know at a deep level what change is needed in your life. I work to help you set achievable steps toward making that change come alive! I will help you to describe what your future looks like without your hardships, then collaboratively explore with you to identify a time in your life when your issue was either less detrimental or more manageable. We will then determine what factors were different or what solutions may have been present in the past. Those solutions become tools you can use to immediately begin managing symptoms and cope with challenges.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT focuses on us working together to change unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors that can cause depression, anxiety, and poor emotional regulation. These thought patterns are habitual ways our brain thinks about ourselves in the world around us that are not true. For example, thinking that we will fail if we try something new, or that we will be rejected if we reach out to someone, are distorted thoughts that then cause us to behave in ways that cause us pain, i.e. withdrawing from others to protect ourselves from being rejected, or refusing to take normal risks to protect ourselves from failing. I can help you change core beliefs about yourself that are often at the heart of your suffering and cause entrenched painful feelings. Freeing yourself of self-limiting beliefs can help improve emotional regulation.
Internal Family Systems
This approach believes that we are divided into a number of different "parts." Each person has a Core Self, and the Self should be the healthy wise leader in coordinating the inner family of our "parts." Parts engaging in non-extreme behavior are beneficial to us. Parts that engage in extreme behavior are protecting something inside of us. There is no such thing as a “bad part.” This type of therapy aims to help parts work together, heal, and flourish. Personal growth and development leads to the development of a healthy "internal family." For example, a couple may clash when his defensive part (protecting a part that is commonly developed from childhood) disregards her part that fears being unloved (also developed from her childhood). Understanding these parts can help to heal them and thus improve our relationship with ourselves and others.
BSP is a treatment for trauma that will help you resolve trauma that you may have endured such as a traumatic loss, being in a relationship with a child or spouse who has addiction, a car accident, being in a job that regularly experiences trauma such as police, firefighters, or EMTs. Panic attacks or nightmares, which are common responses after trauma, often aren't something we can think or talk our way out of. Our brains have an amazing ability to process and organize everything we experience. But trauma can overwhelm the brain's processing capacity, leaving pieces of the trauma frozen in an unprocessed state. This approach works without requiring you to describe the traumatic experience, which can be re-traumatizing.
“...what healed me was Robin’s treatment using brain spotting. Through psychotherapy and multiple sessions of brain spotting, I was able to understand and ease the underlying challenges which brought me to therapy."
James, law enforcement officer
"Robin is a very caring, insightful therapist who assists her clients in better understanding themselves and in developing strategies to overcome the challenges they are facing. She is one of the best therapists I have ever known and I highly recommend her."
"Robin is a skilled therapist. I highly recommend her services."
"Robin was our son's therapist when he was an adolescent. She has also been very caring and effective in providing support to our family after a tragic loss. I highly recommend her!"
Robin came into my life at a time when I was completely distraught over my son’s drug misuse and what it was doing to our family. She helped me sort through my feelings of helplessness, disappointment, and anger toward my son and the addiction. Robin educated our family on how opioid addiction affects the brains of young people and why the road to recovery can be slow. She has helped me be supportive without assuming responsibility for everyone and everything. I am personally so inspired by her story of growth and acceptance, and through more hard work and lots of patience, I hope that someday I can achieve that same peace in my life.