I am excited that you have taken the courageous step to ask for help. In my experience as a clinician, I have come to believe that seeking support is an indication of strength. I am a Master’s level clinical social worker and believe communication is one of the most foundational elements of our potential work together.
To help you determine if we are a good match, I’d like to share with you a little about my communication style and my approach to therapy. I tend to be fairly direct and have been described in a variety of ways, and most commonly as ‘compassionate’ and ‘skilled at creating space for difficult conversations.’ I believe that people are experts in their own lives and that my role will be to listen, guide, support and encourage you. Together we will determine the focus of our work, how we will communicate with each other including giving attention to things that might get in the way of progress.
I am a firm believer in the power of relationships and all of my clinical work is built on the premise that human beings grow through and toward relational connection throughout our lives. Relational connection is essential to staying alive and thriving, and isolation – whether at the individual or cultural levels – is a major source of suffering. This is critically important as we are all navigating uncharted territory and discovering new ways of being that call for us to be relationally connected yet physically apart.
My primary theoretical approach to mental health and wellness is the mind-body connection or somatic psychotherapy. From this sense, the mind and body are viewed as one entity and a primary focus of treatment will be to explore, identify and integrate one’s bodily sensations with one’s mind. From this perspective the goal of our work would be to positively impact, integrate and help regulate the mind-body for maximum benefit. The embodied approach to health and wellness is effective for trauma, depression, anxiety, restored inner balance, enhanced resilience, increased vitality, and increased capacity to engage actively in life.
My experience is broadly around trauma that impacts individuals, families, workplaces and communities. Specific areas of expertise include: loss and grief; anxiety and depression; intimate partner violence; complex trauma as a result of national/international displacement, and; racialized trauma and stress that impacts all races and spaces.
In closing, one of the most valuable pieces of advice I received from a therapist was that I could determine whether or not a therapist was a good fit for me. She went on to say that it was ok for me to seek out the type of therapist that would offer the most effective therapeutic relationship and treatment for me. I offer this same wisdom to you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
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Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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She is an excellent counselor! She is understanding, kind and knowledgeable. She helped me come to insights that have put me on a much better footing. With this awareness of myself I am able to recognize more easily roadblocks in the way of my happiness and move forward. She is great and I recommend 10/10
Dr. Bridges Patrick is so enthusiastic and ready to help. She actively listens and gets to the root of issues and seeks to draw that out. It is very helpful especially when someone like me is not sure what the specific problem is. She is not trying to solve every problem, but understand the issues and give other the keys to grow for themselves.
I’ve only had once session but it was good and she took extra time with me which was nice. I look forward to continuing to work with Cherie.