Sometimes we come to a place in our lives where we need another person to listen to us deeply and compassionately. My work with you will focus primarily on personal growth, self-acceptance, and sometimes, coping with unexpected life crises. I approach each client by trying to determine what is unique about you as a result of your life story. I place paramount value during our communication on your strengths and courage to discover a positive path to growth and well-being.
Whether you are looking for extra support through a painful or challenging life event or youâ€™re ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you in a safe and accepting environment.
With over twenty years of experience as a counselor and consultant, I maintain an in-person private practice working with a broad spectrum of clients in my Northampton, Massachusetts office. I am now excited to work with clients from all over the world who may be looking for a connection with a professional in which location is not a barrier. I earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a minor in Couples Counseling from Kent State University in 2000. I also earned a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from the University of Virginia in 1992. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts (#6442), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (#966).
I believe the therapeutic relationship is the most important element of a helpful counseling experience. As such, I am actively engaged with clients and believe strongly in a collaborative and respectful relationship. Your issues, concerns, personal history, and worldview will inform our work together. My professional theoretical orientation is integrative and strength based and I will strive to provide a safe and consistent relationship with you while challenging you to examine how you relate with the world around you.
The ultimate goals of self-awareness and self-acceptance are goals that sometimes take a long time to achieve. Some clients need only a few sessions to achieve these goals, while others may want ongoing support and consultation . As a client, you are in complete control and may end our sessions at any point. If our meetings are successful, you should feel that you are able to face lifeâ€™s challenges in the future without my ongoing support. With compassion and understanding, I will work with you to help you build on your strengths so that you can feel more like yourself and/or attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties
LMHC #6442 (Expires: 2019-12-31)
Dr. Costin has been extremely kind and compassionate during the time I have been working with her. I was unsure about getting help this way instead of face to face but circumstances in my life made this a good option to try. I am glad I did.