My Approach to Helping
In working with you I focus on finding practical solutions and promoting insight and self awareness. I believe that in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship all of us, children and adults alike, have the ability to find answers that will transform the relationship with our selves, our families and our communities. We become open to seeing with new eyes, learning new skills, and creating solutions where we were stuck before. Let me support you in moving forward in your life.
After gaining a thorough understanding of your concerns I use many tools to support you in reaching your goals, for example asking questions, relating pertinent information, teaching skills as well as many different ways to process your feelings and thoughts. I also use play therapy, sand tray, cognitive behavioral therapy and teaching social skills and emotion regulation.
More Info About My Practice
I am presently not a preferred provider for any insurance. Most of my clients file for reimbursement and I will assist you in submitting claims to your insurance. I also offer a sliding scale to provide treatment for those with limited means.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have a deep commitment to helping couples through rough times. After over 40 years of marriage I understand that life presents us with many challenges that can derail any relationship. Couples can learn how to protect their relationship while respecting and valuing their different experiences. Relationship work is hard work. My clients have taught me that the results are well worth the effort. There is no greater reward than seeing a couple walk out of the last session happy and smiling.
Equally important to me is working with people who have survived emotional, physical or sexual abuse or other trauma. I have great appreciation for those who have suffered and fight to rise above discouragment, self doubt, anxiety, shame and feelings of isolation. Learning to listen to our body, to value our intuition and to be assertive are some of the steps along the path of healing. When I hear a former "victim" share how she/he confidently set clear boundaries I know they finally have room to be who they really are.