My desire is that all people have a good quality of life and can live life to the fullest. Using my skills I want to help people find healing, to improve their life circumstances and to always offer comfort.
I welcome those who need a listening ear and a caring heart and a sharp mind to help them sort through life's challenges and find solutions.Through dialogue, creative and sometimes simple, solutions can be discovered.
I welcome those living with depression, with anxiety and with other mental health issues. Together we will look to find ways to improve the quality of your life. I also have extensive experience treating survivors of abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual and special training and experience treating those living with PTSD.
I use a variety of techniques in my treatment of both adults and children. My initial training was largely Psychodynamic, and I use that plus Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relaxation techniques, Guided Imagery among other techniques in the treatment process. I use guided imagery and deep relaxation to help manage stress and develop greater clarity of thought.
Spiritual direction helps people tell their sacred / faith stories and encourages spiritual growth.
Spiritual direction is a very special process. This involves a sacred trust between two people of faith. It is one in which the directee shares his or her experience of faith, of life, of prayer, of relationships with the director, who listens intently for the voice of God's Holy Spirit. The director reflects back to the directee what she hears and encourages that person to grow in faith and in a joyful life.
I have worked with children and their parents in residential, academic and recreational settings since getting my degree in 1988. No matter what issues a child / teen may face, in my experience, children are resilient. With proper treatment, children can grow into adults who can lead meaningful lives.
When working with children and adolescents, I like input from parents and their involvement in their youngsters treatment makes a difference. Depending on the issues, parental involvement can range anywhere from minimal to maximum and any place in between.
I use a variety of techniques in my treatment of both adults and children. My initial training was largely psychodynamic, and I use that plus Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relaxation techniques, Guided Imagery among other techniques in the treatment process.
When working with children, I like to use play as I find it very effective, particularly imaginative play. With school-aged children, many games provide skill development as well as an entry into the therapeutic. For example, certain games allow for conversations around consequences for both good and bad behavior and other games reinforce learning. Art can allow creative expression, as can building blocks. Purposeful play, deliberately directed, can be very healing for children.
Adolescents are a wonderfully challenging population to work with. Although they are no longer children for whom “play” is their work and method of communication, they are not yet adults and simply ready to talk. They have their own way of communicating. When working with adolescents, I like to “zoom in” to their world, their reality and to enable them through the rough bumps of leaving childhood behind and entering the adult world. I like to reassure them, “It will get better.”