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Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Coping Skills

  • Stress

  • Life Transitions

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."

-Rumi
I provide a safe space where all your parts are welcome...where everything belongs and is interconnected.

I come to this work with a genuine sense of openness and curiosity, and a steadfast belief in your inherent dignity and ability to thrive. I believe that we are all uniquely resilient and capable of healing and change. My approach is integrative, collaborative and genuine. Together we will embark on a journey to explore the experiences that are bringing you distress or the ways you are trying to understand yourself better. This exploration usually involves looking at both the past and the present, so that the way forward will become clear. See the "Tenets of My Practice" section below to learn more about my counseling approach.

  • End of Life Issues

  • Communication Issues

  • Anger Management

  • Divorce

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Grief

  • Women's Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Parenting

  • Existential Crisis

  • Caregiver Issues

  • Quality of Life

  • Mindfulness

  • Burnout

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Substance Use

  • Spiritual & Religious Issues

I am experienced in providing counseling services for adults and adolescents in a variety of areas:

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Tenets of My Practice

  • Therapeutic Alliance: Studies show that the single most important aspect of therapy is a strong and trusting relationship between client and therapist. Consistent and nurturing relationships help to recondition our brains to facilitate growth, connection and transformation.

  • Empathic Listening: I will listen deeply for your experiences and your momentum towards growth. This will also help nurture your capacity for deep self-listening, so that you can begin to hear and trust your own wisdom and intuition.

  • Humanistic: I come to our sessions with unconditional positive regard and a firm belief in your wholeness. I will guide and support you in finding your voice, your sense of self and your power. I believe that you are the authority on your own experience and that you have the strength and wisdom to find the best solutions for you...even if you don't know it yet.

  • Psychodynamic: Looking at our early life experiences provides us with a wealth of information about our unconscious mind and the reasons behind how we think, feel and behave. This often helps us understand and better our current situations and relationships.

  • Trauma-Informed: Trauma causes us to develop coping mechanisms that protect us during times of deep distress. I use a trauma-informed approach to avoid inadvertently re-triggering the emotions and behavior caused by traumatic events. Together we will work toward developing new healthier coping skills and ways of being in the world so that trauma can safely be addressed, processed and released.

  • Mindfulness & Somatics: The practice of staying centered in our bodies and the present moment helps us to see our experiences, relationships and emotions through a lens of curiosity. Mindfulness practices help us to maintain emotional regulation in the midst difficult circumstances.

  • Balancing Past + Present: We will work in a balanced way to attend to both the past and the present. Building skills and insight for daily living, while also working toward understanding your experiences and how they have impacted your way of being on the world.

 

  • CBT: Our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect our emotions and behavior. Interrupting dysfunctional thinking, feeling and behaving patterns is often an effective component of therapy. Building new habits can relieve symptoms of mental distress and help us act in more beneficial ways.

  • Self-Compassion: Studies show that practicing self compassion and acceptance facilitates the resolution of difficult emotions and helps to create lasting change both personally and in our relationships. There are practices that we can learn to cultivate an attitude of unconditional self-love.

  • Both/And: Therapy helps us hold opposing feelings in the same space. Doing so broadens our perspective and helps to create understanding and compassion for ourselves and others.

  • Humor: When possible and appropriate we'll try to lighten the load with a little humor. Laughter helps to reduce stress and tension and is good for the soul.

Soul-Centered Therapy: If you’re interested in exploring topics related to spirit, I also provide spiritually integrated counseling and have considerable experience working with people of all faiths, values and belief systems. This aspect of my practice enhances my methodology in that it has taught me to reverence and value all beliefs and helps me to understand another aspect of your story. From organized religions, to nature-based spirituality, to wisdom teachings, to atheism and everything in between… your perspective is all that matters in our sessions. Whether or not we discuss these topics is entirely up to you.