I spent the first part of my career working with children in high risk environments. This has included abuse, trauma, neglect, and abandonment. Since then I have expanded to work with individuals of all ages. Even so, I have not lost focus on the idea that the experiences during our early years shape our worldview as adults. When someone is traumatized, their whole life can begin to revolve around that event. My hope for all of my clients is that they are able to integrate all of their experiences into a cohesive self concept. By doing this, they will be able to understand the underpinnings of their reactions and emotional shifts. With this information in hand, I believe, we are all best equipped to face our own unique challenges.
Despite the sometimes huge impact of childhood trauma, I believe that all of us have an innate capacity for growth. This growth is reflected in our emotional maturity, spiritual practice, and ability to realize our goals. I know from my own experience that my faith has been instrumental in overcoming difficulties in my own life. Personally I believe that the more we integrate all the spheres of our life, the better we become at reaching our goals.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149.025746
TN LCSW 7168
Written on Jan 06, 2021 after therapy with Aaron for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Aaron is a great counselor. I have trouble speaking to most people, especially if I just met them. But Aaron made me comfortable from the very beginning. He is able to discuss things with compassion, and also at the same time, master of factly. I would recommend him to others in a heartbeat.
Written on Sep 30, 2020 after therapy with Aaron for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Aaron really takes the time to teach me the skills I need to reach my mental health goals!
Written on Apr 21, 2020 after therapy with Aaron for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder
Aaron has been excellent so far. Very flexible. Glad I sought help.
Written on Apr 11, 2020 after therapy with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Aaron is amazing. He connects with my personality and gives it to me straight. Awesome.
Written on Apr 07, 2020 after therapy with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Aaron has been immensely helpful with helping me identify ways to cope with issues I have. Thank you Aaron for spending your time helping.
Written on Mar 15, 2020 after therapy with Aaron for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties