My Approach to Helping
My goal is to collaborate with you to achieve your goals, by meeting you where you are and helping you work at your own pace.
People experience pain and difficulty in different ways. From a single traumatic event to complex histories of trauma, depression, anxiety or family issues, I can help you move through your stress and adversity. While you may feel lost, hurt, and want to give up at times, I believe you are still the expert on yourself. With additional guidance and support from me, through therapy, we can find you the tools you need to overcome your suffering during this difficult time in your life.
Many of us develop coping skills to try to feel better and ease our pain. These skills likely worked well at one point, however, over time they may have lost their effectiveness. I will work beside you and collaborate with you to help identify which of your coping strategies have been useful and which ones need to be changed or evolved at this time in your life.
More Info About My Practice
I have a Master's in Mental Health Therapy and Counseling from St. Martin's University. I am a passionate therapist with experience working in two main areas: adults dealing with current or past traumatic issues, and (not necessarily together) parenting with teenagers. I am trained in trauma-focused therapy. Additionally, I have completed a number of trainings dealing specifically with struggling teenagers, parents and family concerns.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma (be that through a single event or a history of traumatic events), families of teenagers experiencing significant behavior issues, and other family related struggles.
Traumatic issues can have such a wide range, including, but certainly not limited to physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse, from childhood to adulthood. This can at times, lead to PTSD, intense anxiety, depression, or any other forms of coping. I have experience working with people at different stages in their life, including working extensively with domestic violence survivors in conjunction with parenting issues. In addition to my practice in working with PTSD, suicidal thoughts, high anxiety, and depression, I also work with high-risk teenagers and their parents when possible. Parenting of teenagers can, at times, be incredibly challenging. Again, I believe we are all doing the best we know how to do at any given moment.
Parenting, while dealing with other major struggles, can often feel overwhelming. I will work with teenagers, and/or parents (whether that needs to be separate or together) in order to find or create a healthier family system promoting wellness for each individual.