My Approach to Helping
I'm here to help! Call me for a free consult and then decide if you want to go forward. First I believe listening to your story is one of our most important steps. So you can be certain that I will hear you and consult with you as we work together. I use more than one approach and tailor these therapies and modalities to your needs. CBT, Mindfulness, Narrative, and Solution-Focused, journalling and creativity are just some of the approaches we may work with together and, be assured, I will explain it all as you go and generally you can make choices based on what is working for you.
More Info About My Practice
Counseling is a mid-life career choice for me, a culmination of my 35 years of experience working with people in the arts and various service industries, as well as teaching, and volunteering with both adult and youth populations. If you want a wide, creative, and personal approach, then call me. I think of therapy as a systemic way to help you: manage anxiety, learn meditation, take care of your physical health, treat yourself with kindness, and slow down to examine where you’ve been and where you want to go. I will partner with you to work on your goals, while examining areas needing improvement and building on your strengths.
My first goal is to get to know you. Then together we try to find immediate practical interventions to help stabilize your situation. I take a slow, careful approach to working with trauma and allow a client to unfold at their own pace. With creatively open clients I use poetry, art, writing, photography, and sculpture techniques to help you gain insight.
My approach is basically positive, empathetic, and encouraging. I will help you take an honest look at both your positive and negative life patterns, so that you can begin to strengthen those patterns which are supportive of your goals and of building positive relationships in your life.