I received a Masters of Mental Health counseling Degree from the Washington School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have experience working with children, teens, individuals and people with disabilities in a variety of settings.
My approach to counseling is to focus on the strengths and help to assist with solutions rather than telling what to do. For adults and adolescents, my focus is to address short-term problems as well as long-term psychological well-being. The more you can tell me what and how you are feeling, the more effectively I will be able to assist you in resolving your personal problems and issues. I am trained in many different treatment approaches such as EMDR, Life Span Integration, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy. I am also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). It is my approach to discuss these various approaches and let you participate in choosing the ones that are most appropriate for you.
Children: I work with children from 3 years and up. For young children, my therapeutic approach is non-directive experiential play therapy. Play is the language of children. Through play therapy, children can effectively communicate and resolve issues that have resulted in emotional conflicts in a way that is less disruptive to their daily lives. I am also trained in methods to assist parents in strengthening nurturing attachments with adoptive and foster/adoptive children before and after adoption.
I see clients with the following issues: Depression, Anxiety/Phobias/Panic attacks, Bereavement/Grief, Relationship issues, Codependency issues, Vocational/Employment issues, Mood disorders, Trauma/Past child and domestic abuse, Anger management, Eating disorders, Marriage/Family counseling, Parenting issues, Women’s Issues/Mental Health issues