Counseling Services

My Mission

I offer therapy in a safe, fully confidential and private environment. My approach is gentle, direct and genuine. I invite individuals to talk openly and at their own pace. I provide therapy with integrity, respect and dignity. I am deeply committed to my work and embrace the courage of those who are seeking a voice in their healing  process and personal growth.

I have a Master of Arts in Counseling degree. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I work with individuals and groups from supportive to insight-oriented psychotherapy. I have worked in a variety of mental health facilities, which included crises/resource oriented counseling to more one-on-one insight therapy.

I have experience treating people in crises, coping with health and midlife issues, eating disorders, struggles related to self-esteem, child abuse, trauma, and marital difficulties. I work with adults treat many people with a wide spectrum of emotional struggles and concerns. I work from a bio-psycho-social context and my treatment approach is adapted to each individual according to need.

I am also trained in EMDR for trauma.

Treatment Areas

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem and Growth
  • Life Transitions
  • Relational Difficulties
  • Communication Problems
  • Women’s Issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Childhood Abuse Issues w/ Specialty in Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Marriage/Infidelity
  • Intimacy Issues

My Approach

Most counselors today practice from an eclectic approach, using the best of many types of therapeutic modalities. Each type of orientation involves different ideas about what causes the pain in our lives, and what will help us heal and move forward in happier and more productive ways.

Some examples of the focus of different orientations would be:

 

Focus more on the past

Family of origin, earlier life difficulties, how the present is rooted in past experience.

Focus more on the present

Regardless of the past, what is happening in the here and now, what choices are being made, whether the results are satisfactory.

Focus on thoughts and behaviors

The ways we understand or interpret things that are happening in our lives, and what actions we take.

Focus on emotions

How we feel about the things that are happening in our lives.

Focus on the body itself

How the things happening in our lives show up as stress in physical armature and physical reactions.

I base my therapy orientation according to need, and view my counseling style as a “tool box” which uses tools from a lot of modalities. My philosophy is to assist people in freeing up their abilities to think, feel, and talk while actively participating in their journey toward gaining inner freedom by engaging in a mutual, genuine and authentic dialogue.

When it is a good fit for my clients, I like to incorporate other tools such as journaling, music, photographs, movie clips, art, poetry, and reading. I am committed to assisting individuals in increasing their sense of self mastery, confidence and self-knowledge to the greatest extent possible.