One of the most important things in any therapeutic relationship is feeling comfortable with the person with whom you are working. Counseling is a personal process and therefore finding a therapist that feels like a good fit for your needs is the first step. It is my intention here to briefly introduce myself and some of my perspectives in working with clients.
As a famous interviewer reflected on 30 years of her work, she said that the one thing every person had in common was that each of us has a deep need to be heard, to be seen, and to know that what we are saying matters.
Education and Experience
One of the things that influences the way I engage with people in the therapeutic context is by looking through the lens of an integrative background.
Research across a number of fields has come to validate and appreciate that there is no real separation between our physical experience and our mental experience. This has immense implications around health and wellbeing.
B. S., Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Psychology/ Social Work
M.S. Health Education, Post-Graduate training in Health and Wellness Coaching
M.S. Counseling Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
EMDR Certified Therapist, Consultant and Coach, training other therapists in the use of EMDR, Member of EMDRIA
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a comprehensive treatment approach best known and researched in the treatment of reactions to trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder however it implications are better understood functionally as a 'memory reprocessing therapy'.
I've gained perspective and experience working with clients in multiple settings addressing a range of concerns prior to private practice including inpatient and outpatient treatment of addiction from a wellness based, (non-12 step) perspective, veterans transitional housing and independent living communities that required mental health support, and school counseling with children.
I have experience working with victims of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder, childhood sexual abuse, rape, relationship issues, anxiety, OCD, phobias, depression, substance misuse and the impact of medical issues/diagnosis along with a range of other concerns. Each setting, and each person has taught me something valuable.