Counseling Services

In a supportive environment, my highly personalized approach will help you attain the personal growth you’re striving for.

Choosing the right counselor is important and taking the first step toward healing and growth can be anxiety-inducing all on its own. As your Licensed Professional Counselor, I can offer this promise: I will listen with empathy and compassion, explain the whys and hows of various therapy interventions, and empower you with meaningful tools at every step of your journey toward stronger emotional health.

Most therapists pursue counseling because of their gifts, but also because of their experiences. Mine have taught me what works and what doesn’t. I’ve personally experienced anxiety, grief, divorce, and infertility and so I have a heart for helping others with these challenges. I’ve watched loved ones endure trauma and PTSD and so pursued specialized training as a EMDR counselor. I’ve received the therapy myself to understand how it feels for my clients and to confirm its effectiveness in resolving my own issues.

As an ADHD patient myself, I am very in tune to seeing it in others, including children, adolescents, and adults who have not been diagnosed.

Counselors and ministers who counsel others need to care for themselves so they can care for others (similar to parents needing to take care of themselves and their marriage, and place the airline oxygen mask on themselves first before putting it on their children). 

Specializing in:

  • Anxiety

    I’m passionate in my belief that anxiety is manageable with the right counseling and coping skills. I’ve used some of the same therapies and techniques to overcome phobias I acquired in childhood—test anxiety, social anxiety, negative self-image.  I’ve come a long way, and I want to help others do well at what they are called to do, rather than letting anxiety, panic, and phobias get in the way.

    Several therapies work well with anxiety, but my clients have experience greatest success with EMDR. It has the fastest and most complete results.

  • Trauma/PTSD

    I became a counselor to make a positive difference, and nothing excites me more than a fast, effective therapy. Controlled studies of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.

    I’m honored to work with survivors and fascinated by their strength of will, but I’m also immensely satisfied when the disturbance level of their trauma is lowered so quickly with EMDR. The memory is still there, but there is no disturbance. The client finds it remarkable and liberating.

    Using the five senses, EMDR digs deep and brings out feelings and physical symptoms that aren’t as effective with other therapies. The body holds trauma, but I can help you and your body let it go.

  • Depression

    Recent studies have shown promising results for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for patients with depression disorder. Used in combination with other talk therapies, there is hope for patients experiencing deep, prolonged feelings of emptiness, sadness, and stifling despair.

     

  • Addiction Recovery

    I have several years’ experience working with clients in addiction recovery to get at and work through some of the core issues surrounding addiction.

    I also have a deep understanding of the traits and steps to recovery for adult children of alcoholics.

Experienced treating:

  • Grief and Loss

    Grief | Loss | Mourning

    It is helpful to understand the different stages of grief, but it’s just as important to acknowledge that there is no timeline on or criteria for mourning a loss.

    I began my career in counseling by serving as a trained grief volunteer during a time in my life when several close family and friends were experiencing extraordinary losses. I wanted to channel my own sorrow and energy into a helping role, so I launched a grief support group at my church and eventually returned to college for my Master’s degree in counseling.

    The most important thing I’ve learned about grief is the healing value of telling your story repeatedly until you no longer need to tell it. Friends have allowed me to talk through the recent passing of my mother, and I rely on my own therapist to listen as I cycle through my memories.

    I am passionate about helping my clients verbalize the complex feelings associated with grief, loss, and mourning. I also try to I assist in the transition to a new normal.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

    The key to managing ADHD is understanding yourself and giving yourself credit for your strengths, such as creativity. It’s especially important with ADHD to find what you love and do it.

    Signs and symptoms of ADHD vary between boys and girls, children and adults. But how we cope with and internalize negative attention, boredom, and impulsivity CAN be managed so we can meet our true potential.

    I strongly recommend the following books:

    Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.

  • Bipolar / Mood Disorders

    The highs and lows of bipolar disorder are challenging, but not insurmountable. We’ll work together to develop meaningful coping strategies that work in combination with any medication therapies prescribed by your psychiatrist. Following a full assessment, I will coach you on relaxation and breathing exercises that you’ll use in and outside of therapy to manage stress. We will discuss a range of therapy options best suited to your specific problem areas.

  • Christian / Spiritual Counseling

    I offer faith-based counseling because I firmly believe the soul is connected to the mind, body, and emotions. Whatever your faith origin and wherever you are in your journey to emotional and/or spiritual wellness, I can meet you there.

  • Co-dependency

    If you suspect you’re in a co-dependent relationship, there are therapy methods and supportive groups that can help you set stronger boundaries and engage in healthier relationships.

    Therapy can help you better understand what’s at the root of your co-dependence and develop a plan for stronger self-care.

  • Family Conflict / Divorce

    It can be useful to have a trained and unbiased professional guide you through periods of unresolved conflict or family tumult. Family separation and divorce are traumatic; therapy can teach you to manage the negative emotional residue that comes with the upheaval. Newly-blended families may also need support in navigating the change in dynamic.

    I am here to guide you as you learn stronger problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills, which will lead the way to more connected, harmonious relationships.

  • Parenting / Behavioral Issues

    It takes work and dedication to create fair, respectful, and healthy relationships with our children. I teach parents techniques of positive discipline, limit setting, and the use of natural and logical consequences.

  • Crisis Intervention

    I start by listening to the client explain the crisis in detail to help restore a sense of equilibrium after a dramatic event or crisis. To minimize long-term trauma, other therapeutic methods will be used based on a full assessment.

  • Infertility

    My personal experience with infertility drives my passion for helping couples cope with the grief of remaining childless or recovering after miscarriage(s). Through both talk therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), we can reduce the level of grief, trauma, and anxiety associated with infertility.

  • Self-Esteem

    People with low self-esteem often lack self-respect while having an abundance of shame and self-doubt. This makes them vulnerable to abuse, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

    Many factors influence how we see ourselves and thus, how we interact with the world.  Regardless of its origins, a therapist can help address emotions underlying low self-esteem. With time and effort, it is possible to nurture a healthy relationship with oneself.

  • Stress

    Juggling work and life, coping with employment changes, going through a breakup or divorce… Everyone tolerates negative and positive stress differently.  Too much of it can affect health, productivity, relationships, and emotions.

    I’m trained and experienced using different therapy techniques to help clients manage stress and reduce the harmful effects on the body and mind.

  • Illness

    Chronic Illness and Health Concerns

    Illness often creates a sense of powerlessness and loss. Therapy helps clients learn where and how they have control, offers empowering tools to manage uncertainties, and helps clients regain footing after a life-altering health event.

Therapy Types:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people learn how their perceptions, beliefs, and thought processes influence how they respond to specific situations. CBT works to dismantle a patient’s negative belief systems and focus on solutions. By adjusting distorted thinking patterns and assumptions, it’s easier to see the possibility for solutions and break cycles of destructive behavior.

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

    During the night we process and reconcile the previous day’s events during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep.

    Some memories, however, go unreconciled. Upsetting, traumatic, or confusing memories remain stuck in our psyches, continually haunting and harming us with negative messages about ourselves or an event.

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) uses the brain to reconcile the memory. Using eye movements similar to REM sleep, we can lower the disturbance level of a particular memory—from 10 (the most disturbing) to 0 (no disturbance). The therapy focuses on replacing the negative image and representative belief with positive ones.

    EMDR is one of the most exciting and promising therapies for treating post-traumatic stress, but it has also proven successful in helping patients with:

    • Phobias
    • Panic Disorder
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    • Depression
    • Attachment Disorder
    • Conduct Problems and Self-Esteem
    • Grief and Mourning
    • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • Pedophilia
    • Psychotic Disorders
    • Chronic pain
    • Migraine Headaches
    • Phantom Limb Pain
    • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

    Psychology Today’s description of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) aligns well with how I work with patients. It specifically focuses on four key areas, which we will address using a therapy workbook to improve “skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.”

     

    1. Mindfulness – the ability to accept and be present in the moment
    2. Distress Tolerance – the capacity to withstand negative emotion without trying to escape from it
    3. Emotion Regulation – strategies to manage and alter intense, problematic emotions
    4. Interpersonal Effectiveness – communication techniques that convey self-respect and respect for others

     

  • Play Therapy

    When working with children and adolescents, I utilize play therapy geared toward the level of the child. Generally, I use self-directed play therapy, where the child or adolescent chooses what and how to play. According to The Handbook of Play Therapy, “Play is a child’s natural way of establishing relationships, communicating, and solving problems.”

    I use play therapy to help children explore how certain life events may be impacting their emotions, conduct, learning, and more. My approach is non-intrusive, sensitive, and compassionate.