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Background and methodology

I believe that the relationship between counselor and client is one of the most important aspects of treatment. I work to establish trust and rapport with my client before entering into deeper levels of treatment. I am fully invested in the interaction between us when working together and value my clients’ perspectives, culture and adaptive belief systems. I operate from a collaborative approach and believe that the person I am working with knows what is best for them. I do not tell people what to do or think, and I certainly do not hold all of the answers for all problems presented. I work in unison with you to help solve some of the issues that you face. We work together to understand what we need to address or process and how we need to face these challenges in the most effective way. My aim is to provide you with enough tools and skills to eventually move on without my assistance and tackle challenges in a healthy way on your own.

My passion has always been to work with military personnel. Coming from a strong military family with service stemming back to WWI and every war thereafter, my life’s passion is to help those that sacrifice to protect others. From my experience working with this population, I found incredible satisfaction working with first responders. Not unlike the military, first responders make an intentional and daily sacrifice to assist and protect our community. Challenges that military and first responders face are incredibly unique to them, and I approach my treatment with non-judgmental understanding, flexibility, and transparency. I value my client’s position and privacy and am diligent in providing a safe place to work through the challenges they face.

I ask my client to provide me with goals. While it is helpful to vent from time to time, I strive to work on specific issues that you face so that we can work on what is important to you. I value your time and resources spent to come in and see me, and I also value my time and wish to work with those that can identify their need of feeling better and what that may look like to feel better again. You don’t need to know all of the answers – hence why you are here; but it is important to reflect on what your desires and needs are at the minimum, so that you feel as though you are walking away with something useful – even if in some sessions its just a different perspective to consider. I appreciate clients being open minded to what I may ask you to try out or think about. Sometimes I will provide homework and other times I may just ask you to reflect on something very specific to what we are processing.

I utilize EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy); CPT (cognitive processing therapy); narrative therapy, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and motivational interviewing to help the client make meaning of their unprocessed trauma. because trauma is stored in the mind and body, I utilize several methods to help this process. 

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Lindsey Torres, LMHC, LPC