Licensed Professional Counselor
Feeling stuck? I provide a safe space to talk, be heard, and explore what's been going on and the possibilities to make things better.
423 NE 60th Ave
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2011
So much of life can be challenging - relationships, personal growth, health, work, loss, loneliness and just the general state of our world, among many factors, can cause stress, hopelessness, and helplessness which can lead to depression and/or anxiety. I specifically work with clients who have experienced the suicide loss of a loved one.
Couples can have difficulties around many subjects: communication, money, children, jobs, adultery. Couples counseling provides a way to learn new skills to address these and other issues.
So many of us have busy minds that interferes with living our lives the best we can. By using mindfulness techniques, we can become aware of what is happening in the moment and learn to stay out of the past and project into the future. This helps tremendously with depression, anxiety, and relationships.
I don't believe that there is a 'one size fits all' theory of counseling that works for all issues. I believe that being person-centered is essential to every therapeutic relationship and provides the basis for change to occur. Sometimes, a CBT technique could help, sometimes an an attachment based intervention might work - I attempt to sit with clients and work with what seems best for them.
Sometimes, we just feel stuck. What if we 'checked all the boxes' and still don't feel happy or fulfilled? What if we didn't. There are various life events - birthdays, marriages, birth of a child, layoffs, death of a parent, divorce - that can make us pause and reflect, 'What now?' Therapy can help us discover our answers.
Relationships are tough and rewarding. There are ups and downs that we might never have expected when we fell in love and decided to become a couple. I have training in marriage and family therapy and have completed level 1 and level 2 Gottman Marriage Counseling training.
As a suicide loss survivor and a past outreach volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, I have worked with many people who have experienced the devastating loss of a death by suicide, in addition, to those losses from divorce, illness, job loss and aging.
Anxiety is a normal part of life - until it becomes so overwhelming that it shuts us down. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical therapy and mindfulness techniques which have been shown to effectively lessen or eliminate extreme anxiety symptoms.
Depression can affect us by feeling we're in a 'funk' all the way to feeling like we are moving through a fog carrying a heavy black weight. We can feel powerless to change it. I use a variety of techniques such as assessing whole life balance, cognitive behavior therapy, and Gestalt therapy to empower clients to get out of the fog.
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