My Approach to Helping
I was the kid running around the neighborhood visiting the older folks in the neighborhood. We would talk about life and their families. They shared their memories and even baked me cookies. I felt they had so much insight and wisdom, and they put up with some neighborhood kid knocking on their door and being inquisitive. Now I realize they enjoyed the visit as much as I did. Those were important moments in my life. In the same way, my grandparents were important to my upbringing. My mother was a single mother of four girls so my grandparents were very involved in our lives. That trend continued into my life, and I found my niche working with older adults. In many ways being a therapist for the aging population and their families was a natural evolution.
I subscribe to the idea we are all valuable and that doesn't stop in our Golden Years. It can be a scary time of change but Depression and Anxiety are not a normal part of aging. Aging can be enjoyed and even EMBRACED.
More Info About My Practice
What plans did you have for your aging self? What did that look like for your loved ones...what plans did they have for you? Often we plan for our legal matters to be taken care of but avoid the hard emotional planning for our aging life. Our children struggle with the changes as much as we do and sometimes more than we do. What are the messages we want to leave our children for their adult life? What are the things we want them to know? How do we make the changes in our lives to continue to live with independence and happiness? Are there any regrets that need to be laid to rest?
Depression and Anxiety is not a normal part of Aging. Having a full life as we age is attainable. You are not useless or forgotten.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
-I have been helping the aging population for over 15 years.
-I have a depth of medical knowledge, as well as issues around Conservatorship and Estate Planning.
-I work well with families that are in dissension over their aging loved one.
-I lead with compassion and person-centered self-determination.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
I view Psychotherapy as a way to grow and explore our own beliefs and patterns that we may not be aware of. Why do we do the things we do, even when they can repeat poor results? If we find the cause, then we can find the solution, one small change at a time.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
We are all imperfect people. There is no broken or damaged. There is only that we do the best we can and we can learn new ways. Therapy is a wonderful medium to learn new ways to use our strengths to move through the hard stuff.