Holly sees therapy as a collaborative effort between therapist and client. Using various approaches, she strives to help people live their best lives. Recognizing that each person is unique and has their own ideas of how they want their lives to be, she embraces the concept that “you are the expert on you”; but simply need some guidance on how to get there. She incorporates mindfulness, behavioral strategies and skill building to assist clients in regaining control of their emotions and deal with life’s stresses. Holly provides counseling services to adolescents, adults, families, couples and seniors. She frequently works with a variety of mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, communication, grief, emotion dysregulation, adjustment and stress.
Holly has been working in the mental health field for 12 years in a variety of settings. As a nursing home social worker she gained a great deal of knowledge on how physical health effects one’s mental and emotional state. This knowledge has led to her holistic approach to therapy. Through internships she was able to work with teen girls and learn the unique trials many are faced with and how to help them cope. Working on a suicide hotline gave Holly the tools to help those in crisis and their families, as well as a deeper understanding of suicidality, it’s causes and how to help those experiencing these feelings along with related feelings of hopelessness or despair.
Holly also has experience working in a community mental health agency where she provided individual and group therapy. She has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and frequently utilizes this approach for those struggling with depression and anxiety. Holly specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has worked with those who have borderline personality disorder. Holly has also completed level one of the Gottman Method of couples therapy and applies many of the theories, research and techniques from this training when working with couples.
As with most therapists, Holly typically utilizes various therapeutic approaches and techniques with clients depending on their needs. Holly completed her Masters Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and in Michigan.
In her time off, Holly enjoys hiking and exploring the city with her family. She finds engaging with the natural environment soothing and tries to spend her free time on the coast or simply enjoying the sunshine.