Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Kerri Anderson-Linde, LPC
I'll meet you where you are with openness, warmth, curiosity, and humor. I look forward to working together with you!
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2017
I counsel individuals and couples with diverse backgrounds and experiences seeking support with a range of issues, including life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationship problems, and generally feeling stuck or lost. I have worked on a crisis line, in a community counseling center, and in a university counseling center. My practice integrates psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and existential therapies, and I tailor my approach to best meet your needs.
I believe relationships, including one's relationship to oneself, are the foundation of mental health and well being. I will support you in exploring the ways your past relationships have shaped your sense of self and how you relate to others now. I value creating a strong, collaborative relationship that fosters fresh perspectives, exploration, healing, and growth.
Emotions can illuminate our genuine needs and guide us in fulfilling them. But when our feelings aren't recognized and valued, we learn to respond to life with patterns of emotion that undermine our well being and even mask what we authentically feel. I will support your experiencing and working through of your own emotional patterns to gain clarity about your authentic feelings and needs.
Thoughts of suicide are common and are usually signposts to a person's unmet needs for connection and meaning. Often these thoughts and feelings come from past hurt or trauma. As a crisis line volunteer and a therapist, l have extensive trauma-informed training and experience in suicide intervention and helping people better understand and heal the suffering at the core of suicidal thoughts.
Problems with self-esteem touch many people and are at the root of many mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. I believe strengthening self-esteem is at the heart of successful therapy. I will get to know you without judgment and help you cultivate a more compassionate relationship with yourself so you are empowered to act on your strengths and make the changes you want in life.
I have experience working with clients struggling with various kinds of anxiety, such as anxiety concerning self-worth, relationships, socializing, performance, health and aging. I can support you in understanding the roots of your anxiety as well as present triggers and skills to manage and lighten anxiety that is getting in the way of your living more fully and joyfully.
Everyone feels sad or hopeless at times, but when you're depressed it can feel like change and well being are impossible. I am trained in how to diagnose and treat various kinds of depression, some caused by specific events or life changes, others more long-term and deeply rooted. I have experience supporting and empowering clients find new ways of both relieving and managing their depression.
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