The journey of self-exploration is similar to the experience of learning how to drive. In driver's education, you are in the driver's seat. You hold the steering wheel and you have access to both the gas and brake pedals. In other words, you are in control of the direction and pace of
the therapeutic journey. My role is sitting beside you in the passenger seat with only a brake pedal to ensure that you are empowered with the knowledge and insight that is needed to overcome the unique challenges you are facing.
For the past 8 years, I've been a contractor with Veterans Evaluation Services (VES), an organization that supports the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by administering medical and mental health evaluations in order for you to be eligible to receive VA services and
other benefits. In addition to being a mental health Compensation and Pension examiner, I also offer information about valuable resources in the community that are available to support you in making the best decisions for yourself and your family.
We have a tendency as human beings to "compartmentalize" or avoid the memories associated with trauma. Here is an analogy: there is a river of painful emotions associated with the traumatic event, and we protect ourselves by building a dam. Eventually, that dam loses its effectiveness in keeping the memories away, and we get flooded with upsetting thoughts and feelings. Our work together will involve building a bridge to safely travel across this river. By expanding upon your strengths, we face these memories and reframe their meaning and impact on your life.