Holistic health is complemented by the counseling process as emotional and mental wellness contributes to overall balance. This philosophy is part of my professional framework. It is a joy when a tool is learned and successfully implemented by those for whom I have the privilege to provide care. Empowerment is key to locating one's innate fortitude, a place from which to achieve healing, peace and ultimately joy.
It is important for me to consider the specific needs of each client as no one is wired exactly the same. As such, I call my style "eclectic" in that I draw from different approaches to address a given goal - or set of goals - based on the unique challenges of each individual or couple. I utilize several approaches: reflective (Rogerian), cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, self-compassion, self-regulation techniques, and Gottman. The theory utilized lies beneath the overarching goal of making a connection that establishes a safe place in which to experience healing.
I graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2005 with my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked in psychiatric inpatient and residential settings, I.e. group, family, individual therapies and intake assessments, and in outpatient settings including agencies and private practice. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies (minor in French) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998. Living in Japan for a combined 2 years reinforced my love of people and learning what motivates them to behave the way they do. With this came an enjoyment of learning how language reflects a culture.
Similar to Kachemak Bay that hugs the coastal town of Homer, Alaska in which I was born and raised, I perceive humans as evolving creatures whose "waters" can be stormy, calm, and affected by the tides. No matter how brutal the storm, calmer waters inevitably make their way to shore.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
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Bobbi is amazing! She's been working with me for about 2 years and I love every session. She always asks the right questions that help me see things clearly. She has a lot of useful techniques to offer every time I need to cope with something. She's a wonderful listener. I'm very glad to have found her on BetterHelp.
Written on Sep 09, 2020 after therapy with Bobbi for 2 years and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief
I find Bobbi extremely warm, understanding and deeply empathetic. She every quickly understood my situation and helped get to the heart of the matter. She is an excellent therapist and clearly, a very genuine and kind human being.
Written on Oct 31, 2018 after therapy with Bobbi for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management