Hello, I'm glad to see that you're reaching out and thinking about taking the next step in getting or staying healthy. I've been a practicing clinical social worker for 23 years, most of those in Kansas. I got my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas and my master's degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. My role is connecting with people and guiding them through difficult times in their lives, giving them a framework for managing future difficulties or just support through their current situation. My style is warm and interactive. I believe it is essential to find the right fit between the client and therapist. Too often I hear from people that with their previous therapist "I just wasn't comfortable but I didn't want to be rude so I didn't say anything" which interferes with making progress. This is your process, please make sure you find the right fit!
I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and find it very useful for many situations as well as being trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Trauma Treatment. I also use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. I value the mind-body connection and find it is essential in treating trauma in particular.
I am comfortable treating people diagnosed with mood disorders, trauma, suicidal and self-harming behaviors, anxiety, psychotic disorders and borderline personality disorder. The focus, however, is not on a diagnosis but rather on how symptoms are affecting the client and what approach(es) will work best to resolve unhappiness/discomfort/fear.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Guilt and Shame, Isolation/Loneliness, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Harm, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
KS LSCSW LSCSW 2461
Deirdre has helped guide me to open doors I've kept closed for a very long time. I am gaining a perspective that is more positive than negative and I am co-existing in happiness and grief thru her careful exploration of my history.. at the risk of sounding cliche, I believe she saved me
Written on Jan 09, 2022 after therapy with Deirdre for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Deirdre….instant connection! I just start talking; she listens, reflectively. So therapeutic to share with a friend who’s not a friend. I like the homework she suggests and want to do my part in helping myself. Thank you, Deirdre!
Written on Aug 06, 2021 after therapy with Deirdre for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes