Professional Counselor Associate
MA, NCC, LPC Registered Associate
Supervisor: Ghassan Ammar, LPC
I help adults navigate the stressful world of parenting, careers, relationships, and the many other life transitions they encounter daily.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2020
If you've been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, depleted, or depressed about the many compounding issues in your life and are wanting to feel some relief, I'll help you get a sense of the issues in your life to help shed light on the areas you are seeking wellness. In today's society, we are constantly being pulled in multiple directions and being told that we can "have it all", but we often find that to "have it all" we must sacrifice too much. You're not alone in these feelings.
I have used Attachment Theory in the decades of work I have done with children and families. It is a lens through which I use to understand the needs of individuals and to explain the behaviors we see in both children and adults.
I have been using coaching as a way of supporting individuals in their life and career goals as well as with parenting. It is a useful and complementary tool with use in counseling to help individuals apply practical skills to their lives. Where counseling is a great venue for processing, coaching supports tangible action steps a person can take.
I believe in the individual's ability to find their own healing path and to make choices that support that healing. I take the stance that an individual is an expert in their own life, and do what I can to provide the space for them to grow and experience wellness.
One of my greatest joys is to see individuals grow in the many different ways that help them feel fulfilled and to live with purpose. I help support individuals in making small steps towards change as well as supporting them through major life transitions. Support for personal growth includes processing grief, change, and transitions. We also dive into discovering where we have been as a way of understanding ourselves now and charting a new future.
I have been working with parents for several years on skill building, creating and securing an Attachment, and learning attunement with their children. I work with parents individually and within groups. I am also a firm believer that how we are parented greatly impacts our lives. I work with adults who are looking to heal their wounds around how they were parented, helping them to re-parent themselves in healthy ways.
Much of my work focuses on the loss and grief individuals experience throughout their lives. Life transitions, both positive and negative, carry with them some level of loss and grief and I help individuals process those and work toward creating balance in their lives as they experience these losses.
How we are within relationships can greatly affect our quality of life. I work with individuals to support their relationships to include open/non-monogamous relationships.
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