I am here to provide professional, non-judgmental support for whatever you're going through.  I have deep respect for those who have the courage to take an honest look at their life and decide they are ready to change.  It is my belief that we all possess and inner wisdom that can guide us to what is true and right for ourselves and I'm passionate about helping the people I work with access this inner knowing and manifest their fullest potential. 

To do this, I utilize a variety of frameworks including:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Sand Play
  • Psychodymamic Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Non-violent communication
  • Somatic experiencing

I have worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and relationship problems.  I have received extensive training in trauma informed counseling and I am a trained DBT facilitator.

Services offered

Anxiety and Depression Counseling

We all feel unhappy at times.  Feeling sad, is a natural part of life and isn’t necessarily a sign that you should call a therapist.  When these feelings are severe or prolonged, and you feel they are interfering with your daily life, your relationships, and sense of well-being, it’s likely time to reach out for help.  Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing include:

  • A loss of interest in everyday activities
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Changes in appetite, sleep, or sexual desire
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Irritability 
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Excessive self-blame

Like sadness, some anxiety is natural and even helpful.  Anxiety warns you when a potential danger or threat is near by.  Chronic anxiety can be debilitating and prevent you from living the life you want when the fear becomes so generalized you no longer know what it is you're afraid of.  Together we will explore the origins of your anxiety and learn healthy ways of coping with stress.  Some of the symptoms you may be experiencing include:

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Excessive worry
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleeplessness
  • Stomach and digestion issues
  • Muscle tension
  • Migraines

Trauma, Abuse, and PTSD Counseling

Trauma is our response to an event in which we feel we have no control.  It can be experienced through the loss of a loved one, being involved in a car accident, being a victim of assault, witnessing a violent act, experiencing childhood abuse or neglect, and through catastrophic events such as fire, tornado, earthquakes, or war. 

People affected by trauma often struggle with establishing feelings of safety both in their bodies and in their relationship with others.  Working with a trauma-informed therapist can help you re-establish safety and begin healing.  Pacing and timing is crucial when working with trauma as remembering and mourning your loss requires space to express feelings and emotions.  Through effective trauma counseling, you can hope for meaningful integration of your story and an opportunity to heal and grow.

Chronic Illness and Caregiver Support

The diagnosis of a chronic illness for yourself or a loved one is often a difficult event to process.   Feelings of uncertainty, confusion, anger, denial, and grief are just a few of the emotions you may be experiencing.  Living with symptoms of a chronic illness can impact your life in many ways and talking with a therapist can help.

If you are caring for an individual who has an illness or disability, you know that it can be demanding and stressful at times.  Talking with a therapist can allow you to express your fears and concerns and allow space for you to care for yourself.

Life Transitions Counseling

Change is difficult even when we are adjusting to something that feels positive like marriage, birth of a child, or a new job. Although positive change is something we typically look forward to, it is often accompanied by stress. Other changes such as career change, job loss, a move to a new home, or facing an empty nest can feel beyond our control and be difficult to cope with. It may be time to speak with me if the tranisition you are facing is causing:

  • Trouble with sleep
  •  Feelings of depression or anxiety
  • Changes in your eating habits
  • Drug or alcohol abuse

 


When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.”
— Bryon Katie