I am licensed as a clinical mental health counselor in New Mexico and Florida with over 10 years of clinical and supervisory experience. I began my counseling career in 1991 but soon left to pursue a career in the software industry. After that I underwent a 10-year period of training in Buddhist meditation and practice, before returning to counseling work.
This period of training has helped me to focus on the essentials, which have to do with learning how to live in the present, accept life as it is, and find the hidden joy here. Sometimes it can help to let go, at least a little, of who you think you are and what you think you know—with all the problems those ideas often entail.
This is easier said than done of course, and often we have traumatic memories, chronic pain or chronic patterns of thinking that keep us feeling trapped in a loop. I see my work as helping you shift out of whatever painful loop you’re in and to broaden your vision of life.
Working on yourself takes courage, curiosity, and a willingness to grow in compassion for yourself and others. So I respect this move you're making! What you get with me is a person who will respect and listen to you, and will be looking for ways to support and accompany you on your goals. By connecting with me, you connect to my feelings and views about your situation, which often will mean that I’ll be noticing strengths and goodness that you might be missing. But it is your life and your situation, and you are in the driver’s seat regarding your life.
Some specific areas I like to work on with people include:
• Psychoeducation regarding how the nervous system functions to help you understand and befriend your own body;
• Psychoeducation regarding how the mind functions, so that you find harmony between the different sides of yourself;
• Deepening religious/spiritual understanding and the spiritual path, including learning meditative life skills;
• Living through existential crises and finding new meaning;
• Getting over panic attacks for good;
• Healing chronic pain (through Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT); and
• Resolving traumatic memories using The Flash Technique.
If this sounds promising, I'd be happy to meet with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
NM LPCC CCMH0175371