My Approach to Helping
Do you have relationship issues, conflict, trust, infidelity, or sexual concerns? Are you suffering from anxiety, depression, pre-postpartum or parental worries? Have you experienced abuse or grief? There is hope for a more peaceful productive life. I am an experienced therapist, affirming of my clients' worldview and spirituality.
I am an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor and I meet the high standards of a National Board Certified Counselor. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association, a Certified Parenting Coach, and Marriage Counselor. I have worked for years as a university professor of psychology
More Info About My Practice
My specialty is in addressing relationship problems and sexual wellness. I am trained and experienced in helping couples with trust issues, infidelity, communication, and sexual concerns. My certification in Pre-marriage and Marriage counseling is through Prepare-Enrich with additional training by the Gottman Institute of Marriage and Emotionally Focused Marriage Therapy. I also work with individuals suffering with anxiety and depression.
I enjoy working with families, having earned a certificate in Parent Coaching from Pepperdine University and studied child therapy at Northwest Center for Play Therapy. For over 20 years I have been a doula, led support groups for mothers, and help women cope with pre & post pregnancy changes.
With a background as a Family Pastor, I received training as a Christian Counselor through Hosanna Ministry. I ethically respect each client's worldview and incorporate spiritual practices at the client's request.
I am an affirming advocate of LGBTQ+ persons. I am a member of ALGBTIC (Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling) with training from WPATH (the World Professional Association for Transgender Health).
How Psychotherapy Can Help
My hope is to create a casual comfortable environment for my clients. I use various tools and techniques to look at the past pains, present problems, and future hopes according to my clients unique goals. Together we tend to faulty and unwanted thoughts, process uncomfortable feelings, and address unhelpful behaviors. I offer communication and coping skills and encourage healthy boundaries. I asked challenging questions to entice self-reflection and personal responsibility. When appropriate, I ethically incorporate spirituality and my client's personal values and worldview.
I strive to empower my clients and offer a ?take away? each session; something they can think about, do differently, or an insight or skill to work on.