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I have a four pronged approach to working with people. Neuroscience is proving daily just now interconnected “attached” we are as humans and how much we truly need our secure base and safe haven with friends and loved ones in order to live a full, healthy and productive life. Attachment is the first prong of my approach and are the lenses through which I view every individual, couple, family and group. Having an outcome proven method for trauma treatment, the third prong, allows us to truly heal attachment wounds and reduce anxiety. EMDR features strong positive outcome support, bringing us a truly powerful, evidence based practice. The third prong is coping skills. Dialectical Behavior Therapy provides fundamental skills with allow a person to manage distress, regulate emotions, and communicate effectively. All of these are interwoven with the fourth prong: mindfulness – focusing on engaging with the present as taught through the philosophy of Thick Nhat Hanh.
I am an intensively trained DBT Consultation Team member providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy/DBT, and DBT skills training to people struggling with various challenges in life including but not limited to anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, OCD, and borderline personality disorder.
EMDR and Sand Play – July 2017
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Training, EFFT – November 2014, taught by Lisa Palmer Olsen, PsyD and staff
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, March and June 2015, taught by Dr. Charles Swenson, MD
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Advanced Training, DBT Strategics in Action: Changing Behavior, Accepting Reality & Resolving Conflict – September 2014, taught by Dr. Charles Swenson, MD
Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT Skills Training – November 2012
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT Skills Training – June 2012, taught by Josh Smith, LMSW, BCD
Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT Core Skills Training – Completed 2014, taught Dr. Mark Kaupp, PsyD and staff, year long course
Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT, Externship, taught by Sue Johnson, Ed, 4 day course, completed January 2011
Over 1200 client contact hours completed during practicum at Second Chance Program. Clients were diverse and included individuals, couples, families, children, and adult and juvenile ex-offenders with issues ranging from anger management to substance addiction/abuse.
Accomplishments and Affiliations
Certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy – in progress, Listed on ICEEFT website as EFT competent.
Conducted Hold Me Tight workshop with emphasis on same sex and transgender couples. 2014
Currently facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Groups and Consultation Team member, 3737 Camino Del Rio S. Ste 205, San Diego, CA 92123, for program information please call 619-908-9908
Chapman, D. M., & Caldwell, B. E. Attachment injury resolution in couples when one partner is trans-identified
Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 31, No. 2,2012, pp. 36-53
Understanding TransGender Families: Insight for Educators. Therapists, Students and the Community
• A panel discussion event held at Alliant International University on April 29, 2011
• Primary designer of event and also panel participant
Certified to conduct “Seeking Safety” Evidence Based Practice group therapy program for trauma and/or substance abuse
Certified to conduct “Hold Me Tight” relationship workshops utilizing EFT
Conducted “Meaning of Life” group therapy for substance abuse adapted for mindfulncss/mcditation, Nov. 2010
In progress: PhD, Depth Psychology with Emphasis on PsychoTherapy, Pacifica Graduate Institute – expected dissertation completion June 2017
Master of Arts, Marital and Family Therapy – Alliant International University – May 2011
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy/Eastcrn Thought-Minor Religions Studics/Eastern Thought
– California State University, Northridge 2007
Worked as a private practice therapist with accomplished San Diego gender therapist Sue Boyd, LCSW (www.sueboydlcsw.com) at Personal Evolution Psychotherapgy working with individuals who wish to begin transition, families and couples that include transgender members (including adolescents and children), and spouses of transgender people.