I practice as a clinical social worker, but also have my PhD in psychology. As a clinical social worker, I have extensive training and experience in mental health and health care settings. I have used my degree in psychology in an academic form to hone my knowledge of human behavior and therapeutic interventions.
I approach therapeutic work as a humanistic practitioner, believing that the connection and relationship between people is sacred. It is this connection that enables the therapeutic work to take shape and be meaningful. There are lessons to be learned from all interactions, those good, and even those which challenge us. We all bring uniqueness into each and every relationship. Many times we spend our precious lives judging and criticizing ourselves, instead of celebrating who we are. Learning to value ourselves and that uniqueness can be hard work, but the rewards of self-discovery abound.
I utilize humanistic, transpersonal, existential, and strengths-based approaches in counseling with individuals, couples and families. I use techniques based on acceptance therapy, brief therapy, CBT, client-centered therapy, crisis intervention, DBT, intersubjectivity, narrative therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, stress reduction, problem-solving techniques, psychodynamic therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
My humanistic approach engages clients in active collaboration on the content/direction of therapy. I strive to make the therapeutic space and time warm, welcoming, and safe to provide clients the ability to focus on problems. It is an honor to journey with another human being on the path to self-discovery.
I have special interest in:
adjustment issues (general)
adjustment to illness (acute, chronic, terminal)
adoptions issues (for all members of the triad)
caregiver stress and fatigue
eating disorders/weight issues
grief (anticipatory, disenfranchised, general)