My Approach to Helping
Life is all about growing and moving forward but is hard to do if you feel stuck.
What is holding you back?
I can help you find out and transition through your challenges to have the life you want.
I feel that my clients are the experts in their own lives. Engendering hope, engaging their strengths, intuition and creativity promotes positive change and helps them move forward. As a therapist I always try to convey respect, empathy and unconditional positive regard while utilizing my clinical, educational and life experience to help adults, children, couples and families find solutions to issues that are interfering in their lives. Sometimes issues can come up suddenly--things are fine until they're not. It's how we handle these challenges that is important and the therapeutic support that I offer is helpful in being able to move forward.
More Info About My Practice
"Life is what happens when we're busy making other plans" is a familiar quote from a song by John Lennon, that resonates with many of us. We live our lives, moving along our paths, and inevitably we hit bumps in the road. We lose a parent or someone close to us. There is an accident or trauma. Our childrens' behavior or school performance becomes difficult. We have challenges in our marriages. We find ourselves at a place where we can't recognize who we are anymore. When this happens, we can get stuck and experience worry, fatigue, stress, sleep problems, or physical symptoms, as well as strained family and personal relationships. Therapeutic support can help us get unstuck and able to move forward with grace and renewed strength. I have clinical experience working with children and families in crisis.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
As a therapist, I identify strongly with those issues which affect families because of my life experience, my clinical training and education and many years experience in the field of early childhood education. Issues associated with relationships, effects of trauma, parenting issues and transitions are especially interesting to me.
As women, our roles in life seem to be ever changing and as a result, it is normal to feel at times conflicted, stressed and unfocused. When the kids start school, this is often a time women say, “now what?” Sometimes, women at this time in their lives, feel they have lost their identities—what made them unique and special—and in turn, lost self-confidence. This is the time to harness personal strengths, gifts and talents to find new meaning in life. I feel my familiarity with family issues such as adds to my credibility as a therapist.
My career as a therapist evolved after my children had graduated from college, and I felt ready to use and share what life had taught me in other ways.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love helping families, couples, and individuals move past challenging stages in their lives in a positive, healthy way all the while realizing that struggles are a normal part of life. Helping them cultivate healthy strategies to use in the future and seeing the renewed confidence and happiness as a result is the most rewarding aspect of my role as a therapist.