I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I work with adults, couples and families. I treat a variety of issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, sex addiction, codependence and relationship issues. As a former special education teacher, I am comfortable addressing parenting, behavior and school concerns. I have specialized training in the area of trauma with an emphasis on healing the mind and body. I am certified in EMDR therapy and am currently training in Somatic Experiencing and yoga therapy.
My approach to therapy is client-centered, positive, and strength-based. Though diagnosis may inform my work, I am careful not to let labels get in the way of healing and recovery. My therapeutic approach is grounded in psychology, neuroscience and biology. Each of these sciences strongly support the importance of connection to wellbeing and healing. This research also makes it clear that the mind and body are not separate, they get sick together and they get well together.
My work as a therapist is informed by extensive training in mindfulness meditation, yoga and tai chi. I am fortunate to have learned from renowned teachers in each of these disciplines. I am happy to pass along the wisdom of these practices to my clients.
I feel that if I remain open, curious and nonjudgmental, I become a participant in a healing process ultimately led by my client. Though I can sometimes play the role of expert or teacher, my intention is to join with my clients as they strive to overcome obstacles and live their own best life.
There is a quote by an Aboriginal leader that sums up how I perceive my role in the therapeutic process, not as helper but as partner, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”