Hello, and congratulations on taking the first step to getting support. Courage is the first word that comes to mind when I think of my clients. It takes courage to seek help, courage to address uncomfortable emotions and courage to embark on change. The practice I find most helpful as the therapeutic process begins is self-compassion. Many clients struggle with self-criticism, which results in feelings of unworthiness. As we begin working together, self-criticism can increase, so together we develop your compassion for yourself. In my experience of over thirteen years helping individuals, couples and families, I have witnessed clients improve faster and with long-lasting positive change when they integrate the practice of self-compassion into daily life. Emotions that arise are met with patience rather than frustration, and you learn how to not only tolerate but process difficult emotions for a healthier and more positive outcome.
I utilize skills, concepts, and exercises from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and narrative therapy. I have spent the last four years working with women, men and children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. I am interested in the current and developing studies in the area of neuroscience. I use this training and research to assist my clients to understand how the brain works and how building practical skills can change neural pathways.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). I live in Washington State. I facilitate an equine-facilitated psychotherapy group for women with PTSD and TBI’s. I wrote my master’s thesis on animal-assisted therapy. I live in the mountains now but grew up in the city of Los Angeles.
I believe that we learn best by doing, so will encourage you to apply the skills you learn to everyday life. I value these skills, and in my practice, I support others to live a thoughtful compassionate life. I have a never-ending fascination with the mind and — since we all have one — I believe learning more about your own mind is an essential part of living a fulfilling well-balanced life.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression
LICSW #60780445 (Expires: 2020-04-01)
Savannah is a fantastic counselor. She helps me tackle the issues I face in an interesting, objective way that doesn't feel intrusive. I hope that she's able to continue helping many people help themselves.
I’ve had a lot of bad luck with counseling throughout my years of trying to find help but Savannah definitely changed my mind. She was so patient with me and allowed me to go through my thought process and help me through my emotions. She offered resources of books and videos that helped me change the way I think about myself. She always listened to me, and never judged anything I said or felt and I appreciate that so much. I feel that I have some tools now that I can take with me in my daily life to help me heal and cope. Thank you Savannah.
It's difficult for me to trust counselors, but I really trust Savannah. I can't begin to explain how much help she has been to me and how much I enjoy having here as a part of my support system.
I was matched with the perfect person. Savannah seems to know exactly what I am going through and what I need to feel better. Her exercises she sends are extremely helpful as well. I highly recommend her.