With over 25 years of experience in the mental health field, I have a broad range of clinical experience working with culturally and socially diverse clients in various populations. I have extensive experience in the area of:
- Individual Counseling
- Children & Adolescent Counseling
- Couples & Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Trauma and Grief Counseling
- Pregnancy and Post-Partum
- Sexual Assault Survivors
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Depression and Anxiety
Adults: When we become stuck, we are presented with an opportunity to look at life through a new lense. When we are courageous enough to look at our relationships- most importantly our relationship with ourselves with truly open eyes, to see the role that we're playing in our own circumstances and what we can do to change them, we are able to live our lives "by design" as opposed to by default.
Children: I find it is more productive to have a parent/guardian attend the first session without the child present. This way, there is no mystery around our work together and we are in agreement with the purpose of therapy. Occasionally, I may ask that parents and/or siblings join us for a session depending on the child’s needs.
My work with children includes play therapy modules; sand tray, toys and developmentally appropriate activities that naturally assist the child in feeling comfortable in a therapeutic setting. Sitting and talking is not usually productive for children, but if they have an environment that welcomes them at their level, they tend to feel more at ease and open to our work together.
Adolescents: Depending on the client’s presenting need, it is helpful, though not always required that the parent/guardian attend the first session along with the teen. This is always dependent upon the adolescent’s presenting issue and if they agree to their parent/guardian being present.
As with children, sitting and talking is not always the preference for an adolescent. I offer age appropriate activities that compliment our work together and assist the teen in feeling more comfortable with therapy.