I believe we all have times in our lives when we can benefit from the support of a caring advocate. In my over 16 years of comprehensive professional counseling experience I have worked with families and children ages 4 years and up. I see my role as a team member in the process of change and growth, encouraging persistence with the understanding that we learn the most through the challenges we face. These are both important and necessary for learning, growing, and healing. I empower, encourage, and advocate for clients throughout their journey of healing. I believe my clients have the capabilities to lead the lives they desire as we work together with a holistic and client-centered approach to meet their needs. Through empathy and validation we’re able to create a treatment plan for lasting change and life-long skills with the goal of increasing client’s self-awareness, use of healthy coping skills, and to support healing.
With a school counseling background, I have a unique perspective and expertise regarding child development, the school system and school based expectations. My strength is working with families who have a child who may struggle with focus, attention, self-regulation, coping skills, stress and anxiety, bullying and assertiveness skills, family changes, and self-esteem, particularly when these issues are interfering with a child’s learning. Together we work to increase their sense of spirit and empower them to use their energy in positive and productive ways. Specific counseling strategies that I often use with clients include: cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral strategies, brief solutions-focused strategies, as well as mindfulness and relaxation strategies. I also incorporate non-traditional therapeutic strategies to support clients in making mind/body connection.
While change may be uncomfortable at times, through compassion I utilize a growth mindset in supporting my clients - the belief that we may not be where we want to be… yet.