My Approach to Helping
In my practice, I focus largely on building resilience in order to set and achieve goals, and I like to work with my clients in a strengths-based manner to help them identify and achieve their goals. Over the course of my career, I have developed a deep understanding of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, and have helped hundreds of clients grow and find the strength within themselves to conquer some of life's most difficult challenges.
I focus on working with my clients' strengths and enhancing their positive attributes to overcome life's obstacles--regardless of whether those obstacles arise from griefloss, depression, anxiety, stress, or any of the myriad of challenges that we face in our lives. In doing so, I strive always to help people create joy in their lives, to find out more about who they are and what they want, and explore strategies to get there safely.
I am dedicated to facilitating the implementation of trauma-informed and mindfulness-based self-care practice in all settings, and I strive to build awareness and resilience and create a safe and compassionate environment for self-exploration. Mindfulness implementation is very important to me in therapy; I encourage my clients to develop a mindful awareness of themselves and the experiences that have helped shape their lives and to harness this awareness to help them to move forward in an intentional and purpose-driven manner.
More Info About My Practice
I have been serving adults, children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings in the greater Kansas City area for the past eleven years. I work primarily with adults in individual therapy, although I do devote a portion of my practice to working with teens and young adults. I am a graduate of the Leading Edge leadership program and a proud member of Warriors' Ascent, which focuses on providing trauma treatment to Veterans and First Responders, and I also teach a community practice class through Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness.
Over the course of my career, I have developed a deep understanding of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, and have helped hundreds of clients grow and find the strength within themselves to conquer some of life's most difficult challenges.
As I recently joined Ensō and am in the process of transitioning my practice, I am not currently credentialed with local insurance panels. In the coming months, however, I expect to be credentialed and able to accept insurance from the following plans:
Beacon Health Options (ValueOptions)
Presently, I am able to accept Medicaid; for self-pay clients and clients who have other health insurance and would like to schedule on a self-pay basis until I am able to accept insurance, my self-pay rate is $100 per session. I also offer a sliding-scale session fee to a limited number of clients who may be in the midst of financial hardship.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
You may feel nervous about reaching out to a therapist. That anxiety is perfectly normal. Having the courage to overcome that anxiety and reach out for help is the first step in the process of empowering yourself to feel better.
Often times, when people begin therapy, they feel as if their distress is never going to end. Therapy helps people understand that they can do something to improve their situation. This leads to changes that enhance healthy behavior: improving relationships, expressing emotions better, performing better at work or school, or simply thinking more positively.
Don't worry that you won't know what to do once the session actually begins. It is normal to feel a little anxious in the first few sessions. I am trained in a variety of methods to help guide each session in effective ways to help you achieve your goals.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
How long therapy takes depends on several factors: the type of change you are seeking, your characteristics and history, your goals, what's going on in your life outside therapy, and how you progress in therapy. Everyone is different.
Some people feel relief after only a single session of therapy. Meeting with a therapist can give a new perspective, help you see situations differently, and offer relief from pain. Most of my clients realize benefits after a few sessions, especially if they're working on a single, well-defined problem.