“We will work together to resolve old stories, feelings, and behaviors that have blocked your ability to engage your life fully while reconnecting you with your core wholeness and freeing you to live the possibilities that exist within you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working as a supervisor for a child welfare agency for 22 years has provided me with great insight into the complexities of family dynamics. The hands-on experience of working with children, families, and individuals along with being a college professor and teaching in the discipline of social work and early childhood development has broadened my knowledge as it pertains to human behavior and development. As a therapist, my approach is nonjudgmental, empathic, and humanistic. In therapy, the work of change is difficult; it can be challenging but the reward is worth it. There is an enormous opportunity to improve life by understanding how the past has affected current perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and actions.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe everyone has the answer to the problem - they just need help finding it. In our high-pressured and complicated lives, so many of us experience work issues, relationship problems, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, or other emotional difficulties. It can be so exhausting and frustrating feeling stuck. As therapist and client, we work from a team approach. We will work together to resolve old stories, feelings, and behaviors that have blocked your ability to engage your life fully while reconnecting you with your core wholeness and freeing you to live the possibilities that exist within you. Beginning therapy can be frightening but it’s extremely rewarding. Everyone deserves to be happy. Most often, we cannot control things and events, but we can always control ourselves and how we respond. I help my clients pursue their goals, get more centered, and create long-term joy. My goal is to help you develop a greater capacity for enjoying life and living well. YOU matter!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that the stigma regarding mental health is beginning to dissipate. The perspective regarding emotional wellness is being promoted and seeking and discussing it is now being applauded. There is a shift in societal perception about what therapy is and what a therapist does. There is more and more acceptance around the concept that we are clinically trained professionals who are here so you don't have to face things alone. During challenging times, as we see so many suffering and experiencing greater levels of anxiety, stress, and depression, it is so important for us to talk about mental health without the stigma because we all go through difficult times and need others for support and love. Seeking mental health services is really making an investment in your health, just as you would if you were seeking medical help. It is that important! The fact that you may have fallen isn't nearly as important as getting up!
“I help my clients pursue their goals, get more centered, and create long-term joy.”