My Approach to Helping
Thank you for reading my profile, and for taking steps toward feeling better and learning more about yourself. I enjoy helping through therapy by facilitating a calm and listening presence so that you feel heard, understood and validated. In many ways, therapy is a purposeful conversation, focused on helping you to identify and sort through your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to better understand yourself. While increasing this awareness, we can then identify our choices and areas for change. Many of us come to therapy feeling fearful, depressed and inadequate, perhaps from traumatic experiences (currently and from childhood), losses of important relationships and roles, or from goals that haven't been achieved as we planned. During times of distress, it is still important to identify your strengths, as well as to talk about and savor new possibilities and solutions. I find it most gratifying to help you to view yourself with kindness and compassion as you are trying to make changes in the emotional, mental or physical patterns that you may not need any longer.
More Info About My Practice
I am currently providing services via telehealth video due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Mental health conditions I am skilled at helping with include anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, recovery from trauma, abuse and emotional neglect, LGBTQ+ concerns, relationship distress, and phase of life transitions. I have over 20 years of psychotherapy and clinical social work experience with adults in outpatient psychiatry clinics, employee assistance programs, counseling centers at local universities, and in private practice. I often utilize therapy modalities including client-centered trauma informed therapy, psychodynamic theory and mindfulness based practices. In addition, I have completed advanced training in helping clients recover and heal from trauma through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. This model of therapy focuses on body-oriented talk therapy, mindfulness and experiential tools to help clients who are survivors of abuse and other traumatic experiences. I have also completed the Level I and Level 2 training programs in advanced trauma treatment through the Ferentz Institute in Baltimore, MD.