Philosophy and Approach: As a licensed mental health counselor I believe that every person has the potential for positive growth and change. I strive to create a collaborative working relationship with clients, where together we can work to clarify your needs and attain your goals. When appropriate I use assessment tools and questionnaires to gather additional information. Successful treatment will require work in and out of session, so I will often assign practice and then ask a client to review with me in session.
My approach is to help people stand aside from their usual way of thinking so that they can tell the difference between what is actually being perceived and felt in the current situation and what is residue from the past. I do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach to counseling, therefore I employ techniques from multiple modalities. Though I tailor treatment approaches to each individual client, I am grounded in Gestalt theory. The Gestalt therapist says what she means and encourages the patient to do the same. Gestalt therapy brings self-realization through here-and-now “experiments” in directed awareness. Together we can increase your options and create flexibility in your responses to life. By offering an environment of genuine acceptance without judgement, we can build a therapeutic alliance that allows you to take a position of examining patterns and habits that keep you stuck.
Education and Training: I am a nationally certified (NCC) Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License LH60746121) and a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS). I spent several years volunteering as an advocate for sexual assault victims and completed CORE Sexual Assault and Crime Victim Service Center Training.
I have training/certification, experience, and supervision in the following evidence-based practices: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with focused treatment for anxiety and depression; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma related diagnoses; and Motivational Interviewing. These modalities can help those who want to overcome trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief, loss and other circumstances that weigh us down.
I have worked extensively with young children, adolescents and teens, families, and adults, including facilitating parenting therapy groups where I provided parents with therapeutic support and feedback that helped create change within their family system and work with their child's behavioral challenges. I have unique training and experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) clients, have spent the last several years working in a community mental health agency serving children and families, and also work in my own private practice with clients of all ages treating Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Child Sex Abuse, LGBTQ+ and Gender Dysphoria, Divorce, Life Stage Transitions, and more.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder Read more...
LMHC # LH60746121 (Expires: 2022-03-18)