My Approach to Helping
Are you or a family member having difficulty managing a history of losses, caregiving responsibilities, isolation, loneliness, loss of independence, depression, anxiety, financial issues, physical problems, cognitive decline, and/or chronic health conditions? I specialize in working with adults and older adults, as well as those experiencing grief and loss. Hope exists, and I look forward to helping you work toward your unique goals.
I believe in an individual's ability to create positive change, express him/herself creatively, and find meaning in their lives as they age. I see each client as unique, and as a result, my approach varies according to the needs of each individual. I believe the most important factor in a successful treatment is the quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist, not a particular theory or therapeutic approach. In addition to being a licensed clinical social worker, I am also a licensed clinical addictions specialist and have extensive training in working with adults, including earning a Master's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Gerontology.
I believe that individuals can grow and learn new skills throughout their lifetimes and think the primary reason we develop mental health issues is due to unhealthy learned behaviors, which can be addressed. I have a particular interest in working with individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and volunteer to support research in the area as well as to support those currently suffering from its impact.