My Practice

ABOUT MY PRACTICE

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I am a licensed mental health counselor as well as a registered art therapist, meaning I am trained and certified in two separate disciplines that compliment each other.  I work with adolescents age 10 and up and adults. My main specialties are anxiety and trauma and cultivating resiliency and confidence with compassion and acceptance. I also do coaching, consultation and training for therapists, executives, businesses, non-profits and universities. Some of my main beliefs are:

  • I am a direct, open, transparent, and nurturing person who believes that healthy relationship is the basis for healing and growth.
  • I am invested in helping people and organizations thrive through cultivating psychological safety and emotional intelligence.
  • I welcome marginalized individuals who may feel that they are not heard or respected in other spaces, diversity and inclusion are important to me.
  • I am both professionally and personally invested in reducing the stigma of mental health treatment and issues—no one has to hide or cope with their stress and pain alone.

When choosing a counselor it is important to have the right fit in personality and style.  I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to the work being explored.  I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation to explore a potential fit for both of us. You can find more details on the business side of things here.

When getting to know each other we will decide together what kind of modalities and interventions will be most helpful for you. The core skill sets I use in my work are:

  • Trauma Informed Practices 
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Self-Compassion
  •  Evidenced based methods from DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Neurobiological approach and Psychoeducation
  • Techniques from body-centered psychotherapy
  • Art based interventions (It is important to understand that while my office is an art studio and I am an art therapist, not everyone makes art in my office. )

Besides the therapeutic relationship and trust, I focus on the ability to care for and soothe ourselves in new and healthy ways and to learn new ways of identifying needs and feelings and communicating that in the world. Therapy can even be fun and I intentionally bring humor and joy into the room to build on the health and strength that is already there inside of each person. You can read more about my theoretical orientation to counseling here.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Cultivating Health and Compassion
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Giftedness
  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Perfectionism
  • Growth Mindset
  • Team Cohesion
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Psychological Safety
  • LGBT Support
  • Adolescent Development
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Mid-Life Malaise
  • Womens Health and Journey
  • Chronic Illness
  • Trauma:
    • Including Childhood and Adult Sexual and Physical Assault and Neglect
    • Vicarious Trauma and Burn Out for helping professionals

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY  

Practicing a safe zone, I am sensitive to multi-cultural factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender and sexual orientation.
I am passionate about providing a nurturing space for individuals who feel marginalized in this country to explore their experience and state their needs. 
I strive to resource and help individuals and families in whatever way I can. 

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