Throughout my career, I have consistently been amazed by the resilience of people. Their ability to bounce back from traumatic experiences that have happened to them, whether it was abuse/sexual abuse, childhood trauma, foster care placement, military deployment, domestic violence, grief/loss, victims of violence, divorce, and the list goes on and on!
When I worked as a child protective services worker, I saw countless children/families who had survived very difficult circumstances, time and time again! I realized that I wanted to be there to provide additional support to people during those circumstances, and to help in the aftermath. It eventually led me to the decision to go back to school to earn my Master’s degree in Counseling. While working on my degree, I was employed with a skilled nursing facility in a social work capacity. I worked with people struggling with depression, end-of-life issues, grief/loss, and helped to address family problems that arose. I have worked as a licensed therapist since 2009, initially with children and adolescents in foster care, as well as their foster families, and then within the correctional system working with offenders. During my employment in corrections, I worked with people on an individual basis and co-facilitated many groups. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, chronic health problems, victim issues, and I even had opportunities to work with military veterans. The common thread I’ve noticed along my career path has been that I have never stopped seeing that incredible resilience that people have within them!
I think we all have times in our lives where we cannot see a solution, and are struggling to get through the day. I understand how difficult it can be to seek help with problems, and that sometimes we can lose sight of that ability to bounce back on our own. I know it can be a struggle to pick up the phone and take those steps toward finding our resilience and finding the strength to go forward. I utilize many different approaches in my therapy sessions, mainly cognitive behavioral, client-centered, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and finding solutions together. I can help you to find yourself again and to feel better!
I strongly believe that it is important for people to feel respected as a valuable person, free of any judgment, and without fear of being open about who they are. I believe that empathy, understanding, acceptance and a good sense of humor are vital aspects to a positive therapeutic relationship.
*Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
*Grief/Loss (job loss, divorce, death)