Why do I do this work?
I love being a therapist because I know therapy works! I am a ‘let’s see the evidence’ type of person, and through therapy, I have witnessed people recover from terrible hardships. Whether it’s addiction, depression, trauma or low self-esteem, I play a supportive and active role in helping my clients find their path to recovery and healing.
I start by empathizing with and understanding the struggles you’re going through. Of course, you will have your own unique way of coping with, thinking, and feeling about your situations, so I will not pretend to absolutely ‘know how you feel’. Actually, it gets under my skin when people say that--it’s impossible to know exactly how someone else feels!
I will meet you where you are in your journey and do my best to support you all along the way. I do this work because I love witnessing the strengths and abilities that people have--despite the severity whatever they’re going through. Life doesn’t have to knock you down.
You deserve to be able to cope with the difficulties life throws at you and thrive anyway.
I know from personal experience the powerful freedom and relief I have felt when I came out on the other side of some very difficult situations. And, I know what it takes to help you get to the other side. I believe balance in physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health is necessary for healing. I believe that families can learn to turn toward each other for support, rather than seeking to do it all alone. In fact, I believe we all do better when we reach out for support.
I know it can feel risky, but I assure you—it’s worth it! Recovery and healing are possible!
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When working with me, you can expecT. . .
I provide a structured therapeutic approach, collaborating with clients to determine long term goals and shorter term objectives to achieve the goals. I will assist you with exploring concerns and developing insight into relationships, thought and behavior patterns. I ensure that my clients have a basic understanding of the therapeutic process and how to gain awareness and acceptance and/or change problematic behavior and thoughts. I relate to others by listening to their story. I take people seriously when they say they are suffering. So, I am not going to question your truth or your reality. I will, however, help you bring behaviors and attitudes back into alignment with your own values and beliefs.
Clients have told me that they appreciate my patience and willingness to work collaboratively. For me, this means ensuring that you are allowed time to develop a sense of safety and trust within our sessions. Clients have also told me that my hope in them has been so helpful when they have little hope in themselves.
I’d love to start helping you finding hope where you previously had none! You don’t have to do it all alone anymore. Call or email today to get started.
Parents and teens
I support families and young adults (approximate ages 15 - 28) with the transition between adolescence and adulthood. 'Launching' from home can be wonderful for the entire family, but with the added pressures of adult life it can quickly turn from a period of exciting growth to an overwhelming experience. The threat of developing an addiction, depression, or motivation problems is very real for older teens and young adults, so I play an active role in helping my clients and their families find a path to recovery and healing.
Teens are learning about themselves as human beings, developing their role in society, exploring different parts of their identity, and moving between feelings of confidence in ‘who they are as a person’ to feelings of role confusion. Adolescence is a time when peer relationships become more important to the teen than parent-child relationships. This is very normal, so if you suddenly notice that your teen doesn’t want to spend time with you anymore, it may not mean there is a problem. Yet, when teens have experienced some challenges earlier in childhood, they may have difficulty making or keeping friends, be unable to resolve conflicts, or be unable to manage their emotions. This can lead to co-dependence, depression, anxiety, and/or substance-abuse.
I decided to specialize in working with older teens and young adults, because I noticed in my older adult clients quite a few issues developed or became worse during late adolescence and young adulthood. My goal is to help with the adjustment to adult-life, so you achieve overall health and fulfillment. There is already an incredible amount of pressure on adolescents to perform better academically in order to keep up with the demand of obtaining a post-high school degree in order to live independently from their parents. I strive to support my clients with developing healthy and sustainable life skills; they learn to become their ‘best adult self’.
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