My Approach to Helping
As a bereaved mother and a trained therapist, I have deep personal, as well as clinical, understanding of the difficult issues facing those grieving the deaths of loved ones. I can help you find your own individual path toward healing on this dark, but sometimes beautiful, journey through grief. I have done graduate and post-graduate work in counseling through death, dying, and bereavement, worked with local hospices, led bereavement groups, and worked directly with bereaved people--parents, spouses, and siblings--of all ages. I am also a member of ADEC, The Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Thanatology Association. All of my training has been wonderful, but nothing has prepared me for helping other bereaved people like the death of my own son. I know how hard it is when someone you love has died. Your journey is unique, but know that you are not alone.
In addition, I have an extensive background in working with people with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. Specifically, in helping individuals and their families manage behavioral difficulties, social skills and relationship issues. I've worked for over 16 years with adults and adolescents with ASD in private settings.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic, drawing on adlerian, existential, experiential and person centered approaches. In addition to my clinical training, I am a certified yoga instructor, with training in relaxation and breathing practices for relief of stress, anxiety, and other difficulties. I'm also a self-taught artist and use creative and expressive techniques in my work to help my clients find ways toward healing.
More Info About My Practice
I am currently a medicaid Virginia Medicaid and Optima (medicaid HMO) provider. I also offer a sliding scale for fees.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
One of the many things I love about being a therapist is the opportunity to be part of the lives of so many amazing people. I understand that when someone comes to me as a therapist, seeking help or healing, that it is a privilege for me to be a part of their journey. I consider it an honor to be allowed the trust of each of my clients.