Hi there! I know finding a therapist can be daunting, and hope my profile helps you to decide if we will be a good fit. I have been doing this work for several years and find that providing a safe place for people to find hope, peace, healing, connection, and laughter is the most rewarding (and sometimes hardest) work we do in therapy. I have worked with clients and families of all ages and backgrounds and have found that we usually ask for help when we no longer know how to make things better. We all deserve healthy, hopeful lives and relationships, and therapy is a place to build the skills to help you find those things.
I have been told that I bring hope to situations, experiences and behaviors that often feel hopeless. Specializing in working with families, children, adolescents and parents, I work collaboratively with client/s to identify and develop goals, and a road map of how we will know that these goals are being met as we work together. I work actively with clients using their knowledge and strengths towards reaching their goals.
I support clients to live happy and meaningful lives and help them make changes that bring about well-being and transformation. I have a passion to support individuals, couples and families through many different life transitions (from adjusting to college, marriage, divorce, births, loss, retirement, coping with illness, and caregiving). I help clients with a range of relationship issues—from marriage/romantic partner conflict, communication issues in relationships, resolving issues in friendships, co-parenting, parent-child issues, loss of relationship & grief work, contemplation of separation, and exploring unhealthy patterns.
Hello. I have been a therapist for over 25 years and to this day I absolutely love meeting people, hearing their stories and helping them make peace with their past. I work to help people to increase their emotional health and become more effective in their current lives. I specialize in helping people with depression, anxiety and all types of food, weight and body image issues. I work primarily with adults and young adults. I also help parents to understand their kid's eating disorder and give them tools for dealing more effectively with their kids. [Please Note: I am out of the country and will be back in February 2022.]
Anxiety is awful: the constant worries, feelings of fear and discomfort in your body, and the continual striving for peace of mind that seems just out of your grasp. Telling yourself to just "calm down" doesn't help. For many sufferers, the behavioral effects and consequences of anxiety; including poor relationships, hair pulling or skin picking, low self esteem, shame, and/or obsessive tendencies can be devastating.
Scotts Valley Counseling Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to bringing high-quality therapy to the communities of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. We offer compassionate, judgment-free counseling for individuals, adults, teens, and children, as well as couples, families, and groups. We also provide free counseling and life skills groups to children in Scotts Valley schools. Our therapists are available to provide help with a variety of life challenges within a relationship context.
My therapeutic approach to treating clients is individualized and eclectic, emphasizing strengths and encouraging self exploration as a means to discover solutions to issues brought to therapy. I believe that life is about relationships with self and others and that our desire to be loved, accepted and understood are some of the driving forces in how we interact with ourselves and others. I want to assist you in trying new approaches to the issues and relationships in your life and help you understand how your life experiences shape your world view. You have the answers; let's find solutions!
I am a compassionate, professional psychotherapist with an individualized way of treating each client. I believe each person has the strength inside themselves for change and healing. It is my role to identify your personal style and help you find the clarity you need to make necessary life changes. In doing so I utilize many theoretical approaches including; psychodynamic, existential/humanistic, solution focused and cognitive behavioral.
Sometimes, even the strongest people amongst us need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. I have seen the positive impact that therapy can have when you are willing to do the work. I use Brainspotting as a tool to help my clients heal from their trauma.
Have you been feeling overwhelmed with life lately? Maybe you are struggling to maintain a healthy balance in life, noticing increased conflict in your intimate relationship, or experiencing excessive uncertainty. Let's work together to help you feel more balanced and in control. I enjoy working with couples that are determined to grow together towards a healthier and more loving relationship. My ideal clients are those that want to help themselves overcome barriers holding them back from dealing with themselves and others effectively.
I OFFER TELEHEALTH SESSIONS. My goal as a therapist is to help you move through challenges and get to a better place in life. Changing the past may not be possible but we can focus on how to make your future more fulfilling. If you're looking for support and direction through a difficult situation or you're ready to make changes in how you live your life, please feel free to call me.
As a therapist, I work with clients to create, meet, and maintain their goals. My approach is empathetic and passionate while using evidence based treatment strategies. If you are looking for individual, family or couple therapy, you have found the right place. Take a moment, look around, and feel free to contact me to answer any questions you might have. Currently I am providing services virtually through telehealth.
My approach is to help clients right where they are at and assist them on a path toward wholeness. I work with individuals, couples, and families. Some of my specialties are treating anxiety, grief, depression, addictions, life's stressors, PTSD, and molest/abuse.
I enjoy working with individuals, teens & children who experience fear, anxiety, obsessions & compulsions, trauma, depression, ADHD & learning disabilities. In addition, a large portion of my work is with couples including new parents & seasoned partners alike. I am gentle & calm natured, corky, & pragmatic which clients find grounding and refreshing. My clients know that I take our work very seriously & I also don’t shy away from moments for us to laugh at life together.
Are you feeling stuck like stagnating water of a creek that no longer flows? Or are you struggling in your relationships? Certain seasons test us to our core. My experience as a therapist and as a client shows me that we have the capacity to recover our vitality. I am here to support your journey of healing and growth. Even after traumas, losses, oppression, and experiences that are too painful for our bodies and spirits to carry alone, there is a path of healing that can re-energize your life and spirit. While you are the expert on your life, I am here to facilitate awareness, self-compassion and inner shifts. Your new life awaits!
You may be experiencing feelings of brokenness and suffering from devastating loss. You may have stories that need to be explored in search of healing and restoration. You may be ready to address these challenges with knowledgeable care, holistic engagement, and compassionate understanding. Finding the courage to share your stories of harm and pain is the beginning of your healing and inner peace. If you are seeking guidance as you navigate through your healing journey, it may be time to take the next step and reach out for help.
Healing for Addiction, Codependency and those affected by a Narcissist or Sociopath's behavior. I have been doing this work for over 30 years-NOT because I have to, but because I LOVE it. I am as engaged and enthusiastic about how therapy helps people as I was when I started. I have seen many people's lives change dramatically when they are given the education, tools, support and direction to courageously transform limitations into lessons they've needed to "get" but, unconsciously, have kept avoiding. With therapy, what's been bugging you or absolutely torturing you can be faced and embraced.
*ATTENTION* : Due to COVID, I am currently working exclusively online only. Telehealth can be powerful and effective. Welcome, and congratulations on taking the first step toward creating change. Seeking a therapist can feel like a big deal, so it's important to find one who is a good match. I am here to help you, by creating a warm and collaborative therapeutic environment that honors each client's unique intuitive wisdom. I offer a non-pathologizing and empowering understanding of human issues, assuming each person has the capacity to transform, both within themselves, and in their relationships with others.
My approach to therapy is to encourage a persons strengths; which, by using their history as a guide, we together, focus on finding practical ways to bring healing and hope to their present challenges.
I often work with couples who are wanting to improve communication and closeness, individuals in their teens through mid 50's who are trying to realize their individuality, and children struggling with issues they are unsure how to cope with.
I use a strength-based approach to help my clients decrease anxiety, improve mood, and strengthen relationships. I have worked with "at risk" children, adolescents, young adults, and their families in the Santa Cruz area for the past 20 years. My non-judgmental approach assists with building trust as we work collaboratively to achieve the client's goals. I have extensive experience navigating the educational, social, criminal justice, and mental health systems.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Scotts Valley are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Scotts Valley then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Scotts Valley, or Child Psychologists in Scotts Valley.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Scotts Valley psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Scotts Valley specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.