Nobody wants to feel alone.
A sense of playfulness, humor, and hopefulness is also an important part of the therapeutic process. Healing can seem heavy at times, and I welcome and encourage on-going methods to experience joy through art, focusing also on “what’s good,” mindfulness practices in daily life, and by laughing and playing in therapy. I regularly find opportunity to point out what a person is doing to make positive change, and openly acknowledge the goodness within each client.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in
I received a Master’s Degree in Psychology at Antioch University in the Child, Couple and Family Therapy, after working in the community for 20 years facilitating culturally diverse groups, with adults, youth and their families, and developing a great love for people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I then began to work with children and teens in schools, homes and community centers, with people who have learning disabilities, and families / couples going through transitions.
I have provided counseling in schools, and have extensive experience working with ADD/ ADHD and learning disabilities. I use different therapies in my practice, depending on the need of each client. I believe that in the heart of therapeutic change, attunement and a high quality client - therapist relationship is at the core.
My approach to therapy combines elements from many models. I use approaches that honor the "whole self." seeing each person as unique, and helping them to heal using all areas of life including: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. I am respecful of all religious beliefs, and I honor those who don't have any religious beliefs. All are welcome. Using intuition, clinical training, and flexibility, I create a therapeutic approach based on the needs of each client.
Within my clinical training, my theoretical orientation includes the insight and modeling of: Object Relations, Family of Origin, Systemic; and, primary therapies include: EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral and Trauma Focused Therapy