Licensed Professional Counselor
My practice provides a compassionate environment for honest self-exploration. 15 years of experience working with a broad range of issues.
4605 NE Fremont Street
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1999
We all carry old wounds from the past. We all suffer from inner conflict. When we unconsciously and repeatedly play out old painful dramas, it causes us problems. Exploring the sources of old wounds and the causes of inner conflict is the essence of psychodynamic therapy.
'All the world is a stage.' You've certainly heard that before. But what if you were able to see your own life from the perspective of an audience member? You would certainly be impacted by what you were seeing, but you would be less likely to get swept into the drama. This is the essence of mindfulness-based therapy in a nutshell.
The human capacity for language allows us to solve problem abstractly in our heads. This can be a blessing or a curse. Because of this capacity, we can actually think our way into misery. Becoming more aware of how we tend to do this and learning new internal 'scripts' can impact our ability to enjoy life.
Anger is not the enemy. It is how we respond to our own anger that can get us into trouble. Anger is a complex response to external and internal triggers. Physiologically, it activates a part of our brain called the amygdala. We can actually learn to use the higher reasoning centers of our brains to actively calm our agitated amygdalas. This is the essence of anger management.
There are a variety of counseling techniques that are helpful in the treatment of anxiety symptoms. Mindfulness techniques are particularly effective as they allow for an increasing awareness of the external triggers and subsequent thought processes that lead to anxiety. Body-focused therapies are also proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety.
My work with depression focuses on creating a supportive environment in which to explore ways to move forward. By becoming more aware of the thought and behavior patterns that may be leading to the symptoms of depression, it is possible to learn how to let go of these patterns and to instead move toward a more vital experience of living.
One of the most common presenting issues is relationship loss. I have extensive experience helping people navigate through this kind of loss. I also have experience working with loss of a child, the loss of parents, and the loss of a loved one to suicide.
I have additional workshop training in the impact of trauma and its effective treatment. I've worked with many clients who are recovering from various forms of trauma including childhood sexual abuse, ongoing emotional and physical abuse, the loss of a child, and sexual assault.
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