Life throws us difficult challenges, but that is how we change, evolve and grow. Often times, the strategies we have used to survive crisis or trauma end up not serving us in our present lives. Therapy is a way to discover what is working and to have support in letting go or changing what is not.
I describe my style of counseling and supervision as down to earth, honest, integrative, compassionate, educational and at times, humorous. After all, therapy is hard work, but I believe the process should be fun too. My primary goal is to create an empathic environment and guide clients to their own wisdom. Although I recognize the difficulty of healing from past hurts and current transitions, I am inspired by the empowering process of people make healthy changes in their lives and am honored and humbled to be a part of your journey.
My primary counseling modality is working with adult individuals, but I also have experience working with couples and families. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a powerful treatment for trauma recovery; I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which is a mindfulness-based treatment for helping to develop stress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. I am trained in Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® curriculum and use this in combination with attachment and mindfulness-based parenting strategies to offer support for those struggling with parenting challenges.
Counseling specialties include working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered populations as well as trauma and sexual abuse survivors. I also have experience and interest in working with individuals that meet the criteria for bipolar disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, addiction disorders and post traumatic stress disorders. Although I recognize the value of diagnoses, I believe that individuals’ humanity come first and foremost. People are more than just a label or a diagnosis. In fact, most people have met the criteria for a mental health concern at some point in their lives. Sometimes, we need a little extra support, care and/or push in our change process and therapy is one way of gaining that.