I am a firm believer that we are put here on earth to help one another grow, change with the ultimate objective to live a more fulfilled life and love each other more. The challenge is always the peaks and valleys of life that bring for some us severe emotional pain. I have had the privilege and honor to be professionally trained in a wide variety of therapeutic modality’s to move clients towards better mental health. I do believe that there is not one way to get mentally healthy but rather a combination of personal choice and a new approach to life’s challenges that creates permanent change.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my main focus will the systems within your life that are not working or functioning correctly and changing them. My primary approaches are Narrative Family Therapy, CBT/DBT and Solution Focused Therapy but feel confident in using any data driven approach that works for my client.
I have shown success in working with patients who struggle with:
Blended Family Issues
Parenting for Children with Disabilities
I think you will find my approach warm, lighthearted, inviting and non threatening. I am knowledgeable and serious about moving you towards a more fulfilling life with hopes you gain new life skills, emotional stability. I encourage my clients to have with patience with themselves and the healing process. Learned dysfunctional patters and non productive behavior responses are often embedded by our families during childhood and will take time to unlearn. I am up for the challenge if you are.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Traumatic Brain Injury, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
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One of the key reasons I've made the progress that I have. With her support I've overcome a life implosion, dealt with deep childhood trauma and regained my confidence and sense of self.
In a word: indispensable.
Written on Aug 01, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 2 years and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coaching
What a wonderful and astute professional! Ayanna is supportive, a great listener, and has challenged me in ways that have helped me improve and grow. She is never condescending or talking down to me and I appreciate her insight. I can't say enough about how wonderful it is to just talk it out with her! Thanks, Ayanna!
Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue
I have really improved my mental, and emotional well being because of Ayanna. I enjoy her greatly. 5 stars
Written on May 17, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coaching, and adhd
Ayanna has helped me to see my strengths and how to use them to better develop my whole self. Particularly the overlooked parts of my self and how my actions impacts others. I truly feel better after each session!
Written on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Ayanna for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching
Ayanna is a wonderful person and a gifted therapist. She is open , honest and deeply caring. She has a way of making breaking down big problems into bite sized pieces. She has been a blessing to me.
Written on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Ayanna for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue
Ayanna has been a tremendous help to me these past several months. She understands my concerns and listens attentively. She provides real solutions to issues I thought no one could understand . I am elated that I matched with her and can’t thank her enough!
Written on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Ayanna for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties