My Specialties

  • Life changes (Relationships, Health, Menopause,
    Empty Nest, etc.)
  • Managing chronic health challenges (diabetes, hypertension, insomnia, chronic pain, etc.)
  • Loss (death, job, physical ability)
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Parenting
  • Marriage
  • Mood Management
  • Substance Use

My Therapeutic Style

I have a deep empathy for my clients and believe that helping to reduce their distress and improving overall quality of life are important aspects of therapy. I focus on meeting my clients where they are presently to address the problems that are most disturbing to them, and strive to tailor my approach to each person’s specific needs and goals for therapy. During my sessions, I focus on identifying the unique strengths and resources each person brings with them, and assist them in leaning on those gifts to help them work thorough life’s challenges. I have an interactive style that uses questioning, exploration, reflection, and humor to facilitate the journey and make it more exciting and meaningful.

My Integrated Approach to Mental Wellness

I believe in treating the whole person. There are three key elements that contribute to overall Mental Wellness. These elements include our Mind or mental state, our Body or physical state, and our Life or life satisfaction. When any one of these elements is out of balance they affect the others.

Examples:

  • If we are depressed, then we may eat poorly and be less active – which negatively affects our physical health. We may also be less engaged with our family, friends, and co-workers – which negatively affect our life.
  • If we have health problems that are not well managed (diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, chronic pain, insomnia, etc), then we may be more distressed – resulting in depression or anxiety, and we may limit our activities at home and work, which would cause problems in our overall life.
  • If we are having problems with our family, friends, work, or other life or situational issues, then this may raise our blood pressure or result in emotional eating, which could cause health problems. This could also result in depression, anxiety, or other mental issues.

So you see, problems or instability in one area affects the others. That’s why assessing your needs in these three areas and developing a treatment approach that takes this information into account results in an equally improved balanced life. Like a three-legged chair, we can improve and strengthen your three bases of foundation and get you on your way to standing more confident, stronger, and closer to your total life wellness.

My Primary Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including CBT for Insomnia and CBT for Chronic Pain)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (Stages of Change)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Problem-Solving Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Psychodynamic, Insight-oriented
  • Psychoeducation

Life is about balance. Take Care of You!