“Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change and the Courage to change the things I can.”
I have always had a passion for helping others. I was given the opportunity to work with young people and families who suffered from traumatic experiences and or negative thoughts that led to severe emotional and behavioral issues for them. I found my calling. For the next several years I pursued getting an education in professional counseling and a myriad of strategies and techniques to help others make successful changes to improve their lives.
What makes an experience traumatic for one person and not another is how the brain processes the event that occurred. Traumatic experiences, if not processed in a healthy, productive manner, can store themselves in your body and impact you emotionally AND physically. I use strategies and techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), EMDR (Eye, movement, desensitization, reprocessing), DBT (Dialectal Behavior Therapy), Gestalt, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness to reduce symptoms and address the belief systems that may be at the root of your concerns.
Help is available, You can break the cycle!
Call today to learn more and get on the road to your wellbeing.
I provide a safe, judgement free space for you to address and work through life’s challenges. I utilize the therapeutic relationship and a variety of therapeutic techniques and styles to partner with you in your journey toward change.
I will meet with you for an initial evaluation and discussion about your concerns and symptoms. We will work together to develop a plan to improve your current situation.
Our brains work most optimally when we are in healthy, supportive relationships with others. If our relationships are in disarray there is a higher likelihood there are other emotional and physical ailments occurring. I will provide a safe space and help guide families to discover and communicate about their struggles and assist in developing a plan to strengthen the family unit or Couple relationship.
The majority of my 20 years of experience has been working with children and adolescents who suffer from self-destructive thoughts and behaviors, anxiety symptoms, and difficulty with socialization. I teach how thoughts impact behaviors and partner with the young person to practice new thoughts therefore impacting change in behaviors. I have had a lot of success connecting with young people, providing guidance, motivation and support to help them come up with solutions and make the changes they need to be successful.
Sometimes parents and guardians can feel overwhelmed with the emotional outbursts and tantrums or a stubborn defiant behavior that seems intentional to drive us crazy. You are not alone. I provide brief guidance to struggling caregivers. I have trained hundreds of adults in behavior management techniques. One big lesson to understand is that ALL BEHAVIOR HAS MEANING. I would be happy to work with you to be the behavior detective for the child in your life. Depending on the circumstance this may be charged as family therapy to insurance or an out of pocket negotiated fee.
Not all issues are derived from painful experiences. Maybe you just can’t seem to pull together all the thoughts in your head or get motivated to complete your list of “tasks” and “To Do’s”. I CAN HELP! Goal setting, planning, breaking things into smaller pieces are some of the ways to tackle all the balls you may be juggling. Coaching is not a covered benefit of insurance. Fees are negotiable based on your needs.
You have the power to make the changes in your life. It just takes one small step to start the journey.
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families and groups who have suffered from trauma, loss and chronic stress. As a result they experienced symptoms of grief, anxiety, depression, poor anger management, difficulty with socialization, critical self-view, and general mood management issues. I have experience working with individuals who are struggling with gender identity and sexual orientation issues.
I am trained in Trauma Informed Care. I have trained numerous staff and families in the Sanctuary Model of Care, Love and Logic and has utilized TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy) in the therapy process. I have attended trainings by Bessel Van DerKolk and Bruce Perry, experts in the field of trauma.