I am a licensed mental health counselor who works with children, teens and adults. 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. 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.
I offer support with life transitions, including divorce, aging, chronic illness, and dying. As a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) I have insight into children, adolescents, and teens who face various challenges and disabilities. I agree with Gary Landreth, that every child deserves at least some happiness every day.
I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and this evidence-based therapy enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of adverse life experiences. This can help those who want to overcome trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief, loss and other circumstances that weigh us down.
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.