I have worked in the mental health profession for over 25 years. My first experience was as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, in which I discovered the power of play to improve psychological functioning! We are born innocent and playful, but through life’s daily hassles, major stressors, and conflicts, we somehow lose sight of how we truly want to live our lives. I am here to guide you in awakening your true inner self, so that you become empowered to live a happy, positive, and peaceful life.
I earned my doctorate degree from University of Missouri Kansas City in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Psychology. I consider myself an “eclectic” therapist since I use a variety of therapeutic and holistic techniques in my work. I treat individuals of all ages ranging from school-age children to older adults. I have training in the medical field, neuropsychological assessment, and physical rehabilitation. I use these skills to examine cognitive health, especially with individuals who may be experiencing memory or attention problems related to aging, injury, medication side effects, or other physical and mental health problems. I also have experience in obesity and physical activity and enjoy encouraging others to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I have passion for collaborating with medical providers for improvement of health conditions, guidance in weight loss efforts, adapting to new onset medical limitations or physical disability, and overall diagnostic clarification. I also offer emotional support through various surgery processes including completion of insurance and physician mandated pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric and pain procedures, as well as kidney transplantation. I am a certified yoga instructor and incorporate mindfulness and relaxation skills into my practice in order to help individuals manage pain, health concerns, and emotional difficulties.
Overall, I believe that life is a journey and we often need help with navigating our chosen pathways. There are times when the path seems very clear and other times in which we feel lost and need to partner with a professional to identify the next turn. I trust that you are behind the wheel and perhaps I can partner with you to help you navigate your road!!