“Using cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and ACT orientations, I want to teach people practical strategies on how to pull themselves out of the hole that life has thrown them in”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Many people ask me why I chose counseling as a career and the answer is pretty simple: I love hearing people’s stories. To me, therapy is like reading one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books I had as a kid. Every week, I get to “read” another chapter in the hero’s life and I’m always surprised by how they use their strengths to defeat the evil villain. You are the champion of your own story and being the champion comes with the responsibility and privilege of deciding how the story ends. I am a sucker for a happy ending and want to see this happen for you. I will be there every step of the way, rooting you on and providing recommendations on what might make your adventure even better. Are you ready to “write” the next chapter in your book? I hope so because I am excited to see how the story ends. I have a feeling it’s going to be great!
What should someone know about working with you?
My hope as a therapist is to help people get unstuck from whatever is blocking them from living the life they want. Using cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and ACT orientations, I want to teach people practical strategies on how to pull themselves out of the hole that life has thrown them in. I will not pull you out of the hole but encourage you to learn how to do it yourself so you can do it again in the future. I will, however, get in the hole with you and strategize how to get out. I believe people oversee their destiny and are writers of their own story. With this power, they can create the life they want, but often people create the life they feel they deserve. If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believing in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your way. I want you to walk away from sessions feeling confident in your abilities to build the life you deserve: A life filled with love, happiness, and purpose.
A Special Note to the Caregivers:
Caring for your partner after injury is one of the hardest jobs in the world. You’re now doing the work of two people and you’re the one who is forced to pick up the slack and play the roles of both mom and dad. This extra role is even more difficult when you become the single wage earner for a two-income household. What used to be an even partnership is now a mountain of responsibility sitting on your shoulders. Everyone’s always asking how your partner is doing but what about you? You are struggling through this injury just as much as they are and in many ways more. When was the last time you slept a full night, a night where your mind wasn’t racing with to-do lists or you weren’t watching your partner’s chest rise and fall while they sleep “just in case” something happened?
Want to know what complicates it even more? As a caregiver, you’re grieving the loss of your previous life. Caregiving for a spouse post-injury has been described as “being married to a stranger,” a stranger who looks and sounds just like your spouse but who no longer talks or acts like the person you married. I know you’re struggling; let me help.
In a safe and relaxing space, I’ll teach you techniques to combat your worries over that ever-running to-do list. These strategies will help stop the racing thoughts in their tracks before they build into an avalanche of emotions. We will discuss practical tips on how to relax the mind and body so you can RESPOND to life’s challenges rather than REACT to what has been so unfairly thrown at you. You’ll learn how to regain control of your life so that you can spend less time worrying and more time doing what you love. There is a way to balance work, family, and “me time” (yes, I said “me time”; I know that is a foreign concept).
I want you to be able to take an hour away for yourself, GUILT-FREE. You deserve time to recharge your batteries; let me teach you how. It is time to take care of yourself with the same attention and love you give your partner. Online therapy is designed to fit your busy schedule and make self-care convenient and accessible. Your partner wants you to be happy. S/he misses your smile.
“If I have done my job right, you will walk away knowing your worth, believing in your strengths, and feeling confident that you can tackle whatever challenge comes your way.”