My Approach to Helping
Working from a humanistic-family systems counseling framework, my professional experience includes providing individual, group, and marriagefamily counseling to adolescents and adults from varying cultural backgrounds with treatment issues such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, addictionsrecovery, trauma, grief, sexual abuse, marital conflict, domestic violence, and self-mutilationinjury.
Change is the catalyst for growth, yet change is not always pleasant, expected, or desired. As we navigate through changes in our lives, sometimes we may become lost, frustrated, or overwhelmed. It is at these times when we need guidance and support. Seeking counseling can be the first step we take toward achieving balance, wellness, as well as personal fulfillment in our lives and relationships.
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More Info About My Practice
In my practice, I will provide counseling services to adolescents, adults, as well as couples and families in crisis, or just needing guidance through a difficult time. I also provide clinical supervision to counselors-in-training, and new graduates. I do not accept insurance, but I can offer you documentation to furnish to your provider for out-of-network services.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
It is impossible to understand an individual outside of the context of one?s family. Family is the first system to which we belong, and as such, family shapes our experiences, our personality, our roles, and molds our reality. The most salient personal experience contributing to my decision to become a counselor, and in particular influencing my desire to work with couples and families, is the divorce of my parents. My mother and father separated when my brother and I were quite young, and I actually have no memory of my father ever being present in our home. I had experiences with my father, but I cannot recall ever having a truly connected or authentic father-daughter bond. My most significant memories are often tainted with the disappointment I would feel regarding my father?s absence. In hindsight, I can recall being motivated to be perfect and that somehow if I were a ?really good girl? or if I tried really hard, then maybe my father would come home and we could be a family again. I recall often feeling sad, angry, and resentful, especially when I saw other fathers and daughters together?I wanted to be daddy?s little girl, too. It took me years of introspection, self-exploration, and even therapy to resolve the feelings I had about my parents? divorce and my father's absence in my life. I now understand that I am the person and the professional I am because of, and in some ways in spite of my family-of-origin experiences.