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About Cody

Life is full of the sudden and unexpected. Oftentimes our feelings are overwhelming, and knowing where to begin can feel impossible. It is possible to encounter deep pain and still have meaning and hope in life. My interest in counseling began following the loss of my best friend to suicide. With help, I found hope, guidance, and healing. It was in these sessions that I began to understand the transformative power of therapy. Now, as a therapist, I am excited for the opportunity to help guide you through whatever you are facing.   

 

My approach to therapy begins with the therapeutic relationship.  Having a supportive, judgment-free environment allows you the opportunity to express your feelings freely and safely. Through our sessions, we will work together to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and identity conflict. My therapeutic approach centers around three models of treatment: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  By challenging our negative thoughts, learning new coping skills, and being true to ourselves, we can fundamentally transform our lives. 

 

My experience in working with adolescents has taught me that identity, authenticity, and positive self-expression are vital to healthy living. It is for this reason that a lot of my professional work has centered on working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families. The therapy room can provide a safe space to explore all aspects of identity and what role you hope it will play in your life. 

 

I am also passionate about suicide prevention and various forms of grief. I have supervised a suicide hotline and led grief support groups for families impacted by suicide. I have also worked in hospice, helping individuals come to terms with their illness, and helping families prepare for the death of their loved one. Oftentimes, support is limited for the grieving. I understand, firsthand, how difficult it is to process the loss of a loved one and the complex emotions involved in working through it.    

 

There is hope in therapy. I look forward to walking with you on your journey through life.  

I received my Masters of Social Work with a specialization in mental health and substance abuse from the University of Texas at Arlington, am EMDR-Trained, and am a certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP).   

Specialties include:

  • LGBTQIA+, coming out, HIV-AIDS, supporting LGBTQIA+ family members

  • Depression, suicidal ideation, and self-harm 

  • Stress and anxiety 

  • Grief and bereavement (specialty in grief following the loss of a loved one to suicide)

  • Anticipatory grief

  • Navigating difficult life transitions

  • Trauma (EMDR Trained)

Types of Therapy: 

  • Adolescent therapy with teens aged 12-19

  • Individual therapy with college age and young professionals 

  • Individual therapy with adults 

  • Family therapy 

  • Walk and Talk sessions out in nature

 

 

 

Tel: 214-444-3649  |  Cody@brightspacetherapy.com