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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. 

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Caregiver Support Group

 

It is incredibly challenging to provide care for someone we love who is living with dementia or a serious, even life threatening, illness.

If we knew we were needed for a limited and defined amount of time, we could gauge how we spend our energy and plan…. But we never really know how long we will be in this very precious, but challenging role.

When we are waiting on a runway for our flight to take off, we are presented with the safety plan should there be an issue.  It usually begins, “Put your own mask on first, then….”.  While we recognize the wisdom of that when flying, we don’t think about how important self care is when we are responsible for the care of a loved one.  Somehow, their needs usually end up coming first, and we feel “worn out”, “beat up” and “spent” in no time at all.

The purpose of this group is to encourage each member to find ways to take care of oneself so that one can be available for the person in need.  Through mutual support and encouragement, by sharing our wisdom we can help each other through  very difficult times   ---    and perhaps even learn to laugh at ourselves in the process. 

If you are interested in group therapy, contact me to learn which group is currently forming.  All those who wish to participate in a group must first meet individually with me for 2 - 4 sessions before joining a group.

Bereavement Support Group

There is no right way to grieve.  Individualized coping skills can help you deal with loss.

Death is so final.  The death of a loved one can leave us with all sorts of emotions and responsibilities.

 

Everyone grieves differently.  But one thing is the same for all of us, “when someone dies, we will never be the same again”.  That doesn’t mean that your life is over, it means you have to adapt to new ways. 

 

Your role in the family may change, your responsibilities may increase or decrease.  One thing is for certain, there will be change in your life.

 

This group will offer the space to talk about the changes you face and the feelings that surface during this time of transition.  In addition to group work, many people will come for a few individual sessions.

If you are interested in group therapy, contact me to learn which group is currently forming.  All those who wish to participate in a group must first meet individually with me for 2 - 4 sessions before joining a group.

Stress Reduction Group

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It can cause physical or emotional illness.  One or two 20-30 minute meditation sessions a day can have lasting beneficial effects on health. Indeed, advanced meditators can even significantly control their blood pressure and heart rate as well. 

Group members will  reduce the stress in their lives by learning and using relaxation techniques and the art of meditation.  In addition, there will be education and discussion  around self-care, and how to reduce daily stress by simple activities. 

 

This group is intended to be very supportive and comforting. 

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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.

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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.”

My Services

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Is your need not mentioned above?  My individualized sessions can help those with many life challenges.  Please contact me to set up an individualized session.  

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