Above all, my particular interest lies in providing a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental space to assist individuals in getting to know, trust, and respect their true self. It can feel like a major leap of faith to embark on a new and vulnerable experience, or to trust the idea of you or your child with a therapist or “healing practitioner”, so I make it my goal to increase comfortability with the process. Although psychotherapy can be utilized to gain insight into the self at any time, it is frequently during much more painful and difficult times that people are inclined to reach out. You and/or your child/family can expect to be respected and warmly supported in working through struggles and identifying ways to process these struggles, creating a new understanding that cultivates resilience and coping.
With a goal of increased resolution of barriers currently complicating daily living, Individuals, as well as Parents/Guardians and their child can find guidance in addressing problematic or difficult behaviors while gaining an improved understanding of how and what these symptoms are attempting to communicate. My therapeutic approach is very much about meeting you, and/or your child, and working together to address the clinical needs of each particular individual and unfolding life circumstances, present, recent, or past. It will not be my role to tell you what to do, rather to assist in understanding what is the best course of action or process for you, your child, and/or your Family.
The majority of my 20+ years in the mental health field has been spent working with kids, tweens, teens, and young adults (also known as TAY Transitional Age youth ages 16-25) at difficult junctures in their lives, and frequently with issues related to school and/or interpersonal problems with Family members, friends, and/or peers. My specializations based on training and experience include Sandplay Therapy with children and adults who have experienced trauma and addressing complexity associated with identity. I very much enjoy working with children, teens, and adults with many themes, including the experience of “not fitting in”. I am comfortable working with a wide range of challenges and personalities and tend to do well with understanding the particular needs of adults, teens, and children who are often referred to as “different”, “difficult”, “angry”, “overly sensitive”, or “shy”.
It is important that you are comfortable and feel that your choice in therapist is a good fit in order to build trust sufficient to engage in a therapeutic process. Therapists understand that meeting someone new may feel awkward and that not every therapist can be a good fit with everyone they meet. There are many great therapists with different specialties and approaches that can assist you. To somehow believe that one is or must be “crazy” in order to utilize therapy is an outdated idea. Rather, it seems quite sane to want to make efforts to address and resolve barriers, or to desire and invest in an improved quality of life.