Daisy has a broad knowledge of mental health issues from experience, research and application.  Her background includes the study of general psychology and the neuroscience underlying mental health disorders.  In her career, she has worked with substance abuse, sexual assault, physical assault victims and perpetrators, mood disorders, impulse control and obsessive behavioral disorders, psychosis, relationship and sexual orientation issues, relationship struggles, couples, families, and personality disorders.  From her work in these areas, she has seen the damage that emotional neglect, abuse and trauma can cause an individual over a lifetime if left untreated.  Thankfully, from all this experience, she has also seen the healing power of effective treatment and the power of God’s grace to heal.

 

Daisy utilizes a somewhat eclectic style of counseling, relying heavily on cognitive-based styles but also borrowing from existential and person-centered theories.  All theoretical direction she uses is evidence-based, with a heavy reliance on understanding the etiology of disorders for diagnosis.  In sessions, a primary focus is placed on a respect for the client’s dignity, autonomy, and on the counselor’s responsibility of unconditional acceptance, empathy, and collaboration.  

 
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Daisy Lael
Associate
CMHC