I warmly welcome you. I’d like to help you with your psychological discomfort and pain. Congratulations on having the courage to seek counseling. Here is a little bit about me and how I plan to support you:
I spent many years suffering with deep depression. One of my reasons for this malady was seasonal affective disorder, or in other words, after growing up in Utah, I tried to live in dark, rainy Seattle for seven years. From what I have experienced with my own depression, I felt called to earn a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and help others with this problem. I hold a Clinical Mental Health Counselor License in Utah and am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. In 2015 I finished a Doctoral dissertation in business management where I studied how depression affects business owners.
I began my private practice in 2000 and developed a specialization of counseling people with depression. Depression and anxiety seem to occur with many of life’s trials, and I have helped people who have depression co-occurring with the problems listed in the section on my specialties.
My therapeutic style for individuals involves a tool I developed for my Doctoral dissertation. This tool analyzes your strengths and weaknesses in the “six areas that happy people have in common.” Then we can work together to increase your happiness, or peace or meaning in life in one or all of those areas. I am a positive psychology counselor, so I will tailor my therapy to your strengths. I use cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing and other tools that immediately start you on a road to awareness and then then healing of your pain and problems. I also use strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy, and, emotionally focused counseling. You may notice yourself making positive changes in your life from session one. You may feel inspired to set goals for your recovery and I will be there to guide and encourage you in every step.
My therapeutic style for marriage counseling is to assess your marriage in ten key areas of a happy marriage, then we work where you feel impressed to start on the deficits. In the process we work on skills and strategies that help you communicate and achieve a deeper bond. I have had several clients tell me that this strategy worked for them where other types of therapy have had much less success.
From 2014 to 2018, I worked as a licensed career counselor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. My therapeutic style for career counseling works in the following ways: Perhaps you are unhappy in your career or underemployed, or, perhaps you feel like you really don’t know what you want to do when you grow up. Or, perhaps you have grown up and the career may be sucking the life out of you. I am trained to administer an assessment called the World of Work Inventory. This generates a list of careers that will match your aptitude, abilities and interests, has demand and pays well. Then we discuss how to achieve more of what you want and need in your career, including training or certifications that will gain you entry points in your chosen field. My Doctoral degree in business management, and my business experience has taught me to help people achieve some of their full potential in their career. This is an important piece of happiness and well-being.
A note on messaging. I want your messages, I want you to record what you are feeling and thinking at the moment they come to you. This is a great way for you to journal and work on your growth. But, I will respond to your message on Monday's, Wednesdays and Fridays and save your thoughts for our live sesion; I don't do counseling by message, it's just too impersonal to me. If you want someone who does give counseling in the messages, please think about choosing a different therapist.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
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