My Approach to Helping
During these times, depression, anxiety, mood swings, and relationship issues are playing a prominent part in our lives; COVID-19 has created unique mental health challenges for many of us. To support you, I offer telehealth sessions for clients Florida-wide and socially distant indoor options for local clients. I am available for outdoor options in the beautiful natural space of my St Petersburg location. I am able to provide family and individual counseling and wellness coaching.
My goal as a therapist is to help clients become more self-aware and increase individual personal insight. Clients need to leave sessions with the ability to explore, connect, heal, and thrive outside of the therapeutic space. We will explore together and develop the willingness to walk through the fear to face whatever is causing distress; and together, we will work through a customized treatment schedule for you. I specialize in Trauma and Adverse Childhood Event healing, Recovery Management, Reducing Anxiety and Depression, Applying Mindfulness to Life, Increasing Levels of Functioning, Clarifying and Improving Life Purpose, Enhancing Understanding and Connection, Re-establishing Trust, Decreasing Stress and Anger, Marital and Premarital Therapy, Divorce and Custody Issues, Family Incarceration issues, and Emotional Healing from Loss.
My orientation is person-centered and I draw widely from Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Cognitive Behavioral methods, and interventions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My approach with clients is eclectic and integrated. It is steeped in acceptance, honesty, and empowerment but undergirded by Eastern thought focusing on meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist and Taoist thinking in an effort to reduce the frenetic, judgmental, and chaotic nature of modern life, replacing that frenzy with a more controlled, evenly paced, and satisfying way of being and by psychodynamic thinking exploring past experiences and relationships as it relates to informing our present and future relationships and choices and beliefs. I apply the following therapeutic orientations to treatment: Existential Therapy, use of the Internal Family Systems Model, Strengths-Based, and Solutions Focused Therapy.
Unlike many practitioners, I use hypnotherapy to work with memories and to “erase and reframe” areas where clients are stuck; I use meditation and visual imagery in the room with clients to help them develop meditative practices to strengthen emotional health.
Work with me as a therapist is collaborative and supportive, at times gently confrontative, and always empathetic. I am an active, participatory therapist focused on your growth and healing. I honor your unique strengths and capabilities and recognize that growth and evolution are possible.
My experience is with cognitive-behavioral interventions, positive psychology, Mindfulness Practices, and grief work, and working with mood disorders and substance abuse; I am certified in Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching and trained in couples therapy (Gottman Level II). I served as a member of the US Army for over two decades and have significant experience in working with military members, military families, and veterans in a variety of capacities.