My Approach to Helping
Engaging in counseling is courageous. It means you are brave to not only acknowledge that life is not going the way you would hope, but you are also brave to seek help to steer the ship of your life. My goal during our time together is to give you the confidence to steer your own ship. You will feel heard, safe, and supported with me. It is important to me to learn about you – your goals, your dreams, your interests, and your experiences. You are unique. In knowing you, I can know how to help you steer your ship.
We’ll work together on sharpening your strengths and strategize how to overcome shortcomings. I will be with you every step of the way, will always go at the pace you need, and will encourage you to test your strength during sessions, but will always keep your comfort and ability in mind. I will also use humor in our sessions to enhance safety and comfortability.
I offer services for adolescents and adults of all ages. I have experience with Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, overwhelming sadness, and stress management as well as experience with:
Behavioral Interventions: I have experience with those who are diagnosed with ADHD as well as those on the Autism Spectrum. Both of the diagnoses have the potential for behavioral issues, such as being defiant, acting out, and reduced self-control. We will collaborate to find coping mechanisms to better serve you.
Trauma Recovery: Past experiences can cause trauma that continues into your future and no one deserves to live with the weight by themselves. I want to help you remove that weight and start living your life for you again.
Family Therapy: Families can have communication issues and that creates tension with each member. Being able to talk through any issues is a healthy form of healing that I offer in therapy. Each person gets to understand how the others are feeling with a mediator to continue the conversation forward.
My treatment modalities are tailored towards your presenting needs. I generally use a person-centered approach and a strengths-based approach as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and experiential activities to provide the best care for the individual person. I tend to utilize these along with a Solutions-Focused Therapy approach when working with the family. I embrace the diversity of clients and make it a point to build rapport for the aspect of trust between myself and my client(s).
Outside of the office, I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, exercising, and dancing. A few fun facts about me are that I have traveled to 4 of the 7 continents, I own a cat, and I’m a huge fan of Spongebob Squarepants, Harry Potter, and Pokemon.