My Approach to Helping
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed trying to balance childcare, work and school? Do you struggle with emotions, isolation and relationships? Is anxiety affecting your sense of joy, peace and health? I specialize in helping adults and children with anxiety, depression, communication and relationship difficulties.
Adults and children learn new ways to respond VS react to emotions, problem solve peaceful solutions, repair broken relationships and balance self care with multiple demands. My clients learn ways to adapt to the emotional and social impact of ongoing change, uncertainty, and cope with isolation, stress and loneliness. Therapy approaches match individual and family needs and build on existing strengths and values. Families addressing cultural conflict learn ways to understand differences and explore new ways to communicate and problem solve.
I believe change and growth is an ongoing life journey and motivation to change is key to a positive therapy experience. I value trust, safety and collaboration in the therapy relationship as key to navigating positive change, exploring new possibilities and finding alternative solutions. I aim to provide a listening and peaceful presence for helping others find hope and joy in their life.
More Info About My Practice
As a licensed Art Therapist working with children: I incorporate art, music, journaling, poetry, sand tray and mindfulness as tools to help children cope with anxiety, transition, peer struggles, bullying, loss, social and relational difficulties. Using a collaborative family approach with best practices for addressing each child's concern, I include parents and caregivers in therapy. Parents and children learn ways to communicate, listen and problem solve together.
Adults of all ages learn positive ways to navigate change, regulate emotions and cope with life changes, loss and grief. I combine research based therapy methods with creative approaches to help adults adapt to job and career changes, cope with relationship struggles, health concerns, retirement, and the loss of a loved one.
As an experienced Mindfulness Educator, I introduce mindfulness practices as an adjunct to therapy with children and adults. These practices (ex: stress reduction, identifying negative thought patterns, regulating emotions, learning new ways to respond VS react), promote increased awareness and focus and instill a non-judgmental, peaceful and self compassionate stance. Clients learn to be more flexible and practice ways to transition new learnings to every-day life situations.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Parent Child (all ages) Conflict
Life Transition (personal, family, work, career and school)
Anticipatory Loss and Grief
Career Change and Work Stress
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy can help guide others to realize their innate strengths for finding personal and relationship satisfaction. Education on understanding a particular struggle and learning ways to adapt and respond in a new way increases confidence and hope. Clients see evidence of their growth through ongoing learning, reflection, monitoring and practicing what they learn in real time each day.