Substance Misuse

Sometimes, it seems as if life just has it in for us and we can never catch a break. In reality, there will always be moments we have little to no control over but, what we can always control is how we react to those moments. That is part of recovery and making the appropriate choices. Using CBT and ACT, we work together to change automatic thoughts and distortion and bring in rational thoughts to keep your sobriety intact.  I often tell my clients "It isn't that you have a drinking problem, you have a thinking problem!". How true is this?  We drink or use drugs to not think about the issues.  Let me work with you to overcome your negative thinking patterns that are causing you to remain stuck and not experience the life you were always meant to live.

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Welcome to The Trauma and Anxiety Center of Tampa and Empathy Counseling services.  You have taken the first step towards empowerment in your life by wanting to make a change! I have been where you are right now.  I have experienced anxiety and irrational thoughts. I can totally relate to what you are going through. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that mimics depression and bipolar. For a while, I never wanted to leave my house, get out of bed and found it difficult to face the day. I was able to overcome so many things and so can you.  I always encourage my clients to get a medical check-up prior to mental health treatment to rule out any physical health symptoms.


I have spent years working with individuals who have severe trauma, anxiety, depression and other illnesses and helping them overcome what they are struggling with. I use EMDR, CBT, SBT and other treatment modalities to help meet clients where they are in treatment and move forward with their lives. Most of the trauma individuals experience is from childhood, bad relationships, war, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. 

Another passion is working with couples.  I use the Gottman Method, Narrative, and Pact to rebuild relationships, learn to communicate better, find love and passion, and form rituals of connection. It isn't easy work and you must be committed to the therapy.  I help couples navigate infidelity (emotional and physical), growing apart, childhood problems that are destroying their relationships, learning love language, making time together through check-ins, and understanding the person you married. We forget or get used to a way of living and do not remember the strengths and common denominators that caused the two of you to fall in love. I use exercises to achieve this and couples must be present together at each session.

I have also helped individuals be accountable for their life and working towards goals as a life coach.  It is my passion and life's work to help people.  Thank you for being here!

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Empathy Counseling has extensive experience in treating individuals with various disorders through creating an individualized treatment plan that tailors to their needs. We show compassion throughout the entire process. Please contact us today.  Biofeedbackm EMDR, DBT, and CBT are effective treatment modalities in helping to minimize the symptoms of these disorders. 

Life Coaching can be one of the keys to a happier, healthier life. My job is to give you the tools and techniques to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. After
several Life Coaching sessions, you will become well-versed at handling issues whenever and wherever they arise. Call now to schedule a session.



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