Grief and Loss
As an alumna of The Creative Grief Studio, I have had the privilege of studying both traditional and non-traditional theories of grief and loss. I have worked with people who have experienced losses in a variety of different arenas, i.e.: the death of a loved one, death of a child, loss of health, losses associated with the process of aging and many, many other more ambiguous and traditionally unacknowledged areas of loss. I strongly believe that people who are grieving are often pathologized, and labeled and diagnosed because of their reactions to loss and grief. My focus is to help people tell the story of their loss, and to work with them to build up their personal strengths and to re-contextualize life as they move forward.
Depressive and Anxiety Disorders
I have worked with many people who have experienced both depression and anxiety. Some of these people have experienced losses and circumstances that can be directly linked to depression and anxiety, while other losses are more ambiguous and are not as clearly linked. The truth of the matter is that millions of people experience depression at some point in their lives. Depression is categorized as a mood disorder, most notably defined by the persistent experience of being sad and a decreased interest in typical daily functioning. Depression can lead to both emotional and somatic symptoms, which make life even more difficult to manage. Anxiety is typically defined by intense feelings of worry, fear and sometimes even the experience of being emotionally paralyzed. These feelings interfere with daily activities and life. My approach to treating both depression and anxiety is a client centered therapeutic approach, meeting clients where they are in their own assessment of their life. Together we explore didactic strategies that build on client strengths.
The term Executive Functioning refers to a diverse group of cognitive processes that act in a coordinated way to direct perception, emotion, thought and action. Sometimes incorrectly referred to as the CEO of the brain, executive functioning is not a unitary trait, but a set of multiple cognitive capacities that act in a coordinated way, responsible for a person's ability to engage in purposeful, organized, strategic, self-regulated, goal directed behavior. Executive Functioning cues other cognitive processes such as reasoning, language, visual and spatial abilities and memory capacities. In my work with training students, we have developed methods that support students in developing strategies that support project planning, completion, leadership development and success.