Many individuals experience times in their lives when the services of a mental health professional are needed to regain a healthier, balanced life. During these important times, it is essential that each individual find a therapist who is qualified and experienced to meet those needs. As a therapist, my goal is to provide a friendly and safe environment in which I can work with individuals, couples, families and children to develop successful skills that promote growth and allow individuals to reach and maintain a better life.
I use an “eclectic” style of therapy in my practice drawing upon different theories and techniques to address each individual client’s needs. I combine brief, solution-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, focusing on current problems and working toward solutions. Also identified are family-of-origin issues from the past that are painful and perhaps interfering with one’s life and relationships in the present. Without dwelling too much on the past, I then help individuals/couples identify any unfinished issues that may be affecting the quality of their current lives/relationships. Sand tray therapy, art therapy and activity therapy are also used with children.
Therapy is a special kind of training for life. I can provide you with tools to handle everyday life situations, past pain, trauma, as well as assist you in developing into the person you are intended to be. Therapy is a journey of individual growth that promotes a more positive future. Working together through this process, each individual may return to a healthier, balanced life.
Unlike most therapists, I was a public school counselor serving children in grades pre-k through 5 before going into private practice. With over 24 years of counseling experience, I work with each client to develop successful strategies that promote a healthier, balanced life. In the school setting, I worked with children struggling with the impact of divorce, academic demands, peer pressure and individual growth and developmental issues. I also helped parents implement successful parenting plans, which compliment the child’s development and growth.
In my private practice, I continue to focus on meeting the counseling needs of the family by working with adults and couples. In counseling couples experiencing marriage/relationship issues, my primary goal is to help couples find healthy ways to effectively deal with the problems they face together; to stay and work toward a healthy, loving relationship rather than fleeing when things become unstable.