“...supporting you in building on your own inner strengths...”
I am trained in traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing our automatic negative thoughts and behavior patterns. I also regularly incorporate aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which includes practicing mindfulness, and developing self-compassion. I believe that you are the expert of your own life, and as your therapist I have the privilege and honor of being a witness to your story, and supporting you in building on your own inner strengths to reach your goals and potential. My hope is that you will find our work together to be supportive, transformative, and empowering.
Therapy is a very personal and often vulnerable journey, and I believe that embarking on that journey is not admitting defeat but an act of courage. I provide an accepting and nonjudgmental space for you to share your story and to explore the many parts of you that make up who you are. I tailor my therapy sessions to fit my clients’ specific needs. Some prefer to have space to talk openly, and others prefer a more directive or structured approach. I believe that everyone is born with unique strengths and great potential stored within them. I want to help you learn how to appreciate, develop, and access those strengths to increase your confidence, develop new habits, and to find peace with yourself in this journey.
I have over 3 years of counseling experience working with children (ages 3 and up) and their families. Every child has unique strengths and challenges. I work collaboratively with children and parents to improve communication and problem-solve the barriers to reaching their goals. I have successfully helped children with ADHD, oppositional-defiance, anger issues, anxiety, and trauma symptoms to name a few. I also have experience working with foster children and adoptive families. I believe that every child wants to do well, but sometimes he or she is currently lacking the specific skills needed to succeed in certain areas. I also believe that parents are naturally intuitive and know their own child well. I work with parents to develop a special “game plan” to implement for each family’s circumstances. My goal is for children to feel safe and supported, and for parents to feel hopeful about their situation and confident in their parenting abilities.
Navigating the teenage years can be challenging, both for adolescents and their parents and families. This is a time of significant change for their mind and body, as well as for their social and home life – not to mention the stress of school! In counseling teen clients I have learned the importance of taking the time to build rapport with them. I provide a supportive environment where they can feel understood and safe to express their feelings and frustrations. I also have experience creating safety plans with adolescents in crisis and addressing social media and screen-time concerns. Teen clients (ages 13 and up) have the right to decide who they want/don’t want to be involved in their treatment. If the client wants others involved, I encourage the engagement of parents and family members in their counseling. I can then better understand the teen’s support system and how we can work together to foster their transition into young adulthood.