If you are going through a transition or wish to make changes in your life, I could assist you with creative suggestions, constructive feedback and valuable support. If it is a relationship that is of concern, I have worked with couples for over forty years on a variety of issues with the focus on effective communication and conflict resolution whether it be to bring about a more fulfilling and committed relationship or separation and divorce. I offer a safe and supportive environment in which you can work out your issues.
Making an informed choice in selection of your therapist is your first step in achieving your goals. In the field for 25+ years, I am licensed both as a Clinical Social Worker and a Drug and Alcohol Counselor with post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Substance Abuse Counselor, I am flexible and work with persons seeking abstinence as well as those working toward harm reduction. Certified as a School Social Worker to work with children with special needs, I can assist in navigating the Educational System and can collaborate with family and school around issues impacting performance or socialization with peer.
If you are not living as mentally and/or physically healthy as you want and are feeling powerless to create change, I’m here to show you that you ARE NOT powerless! You do have the strength and ability within you to make changes and take control of you life. The power lies in the understanding that mental and physical and spiritual health are interconnected. Whether your struggling with anxiety and depression, an unhealthy relationship with food or self-esteem, we can get you past those barriers that are blocking you from experiencing all of the joy life has to offer.
I have been a practicing psychotherapist for 31 years. I use a mindfulness-based, humanistic approach. My goal is to help you access your capacity to navigate the most challenging of life experiences with compassion, courage, and clarity. While I am a generalist, I specialize in life-transitions, relationship repair, taming waves of big scared and deep sad (aka anxiety and depression), radical self acceptance, and helping you live your life with skillfulness, confidence, and daring. My approach is respectful and collaborative. Most importantly, the heart and soul of my work is helping you experience life as a creative adventure instead of an ordeal.
My ideal clients are between the ages of 16 and 60. I am a holistic therapist who works with the whole person; body, mind and spirit. We will work at your pace and I will help you discover stepping stones to developing healthy coping strategies and build resilience. Family support is crucial and family members may become a part of the journey toward reaching your goals. Let me know how I can help.
Sometimes the difficult times in life impact us in ways that go beyond words. Upheaval, loss, stressful events, or transitions we did not expect. Are you looking for a fresh approach to counseling? Have you felt stuck in moving forward in traditional talk therapy? Children, teens, and adults alike find Art Therapy an approachable and meaningful type of counseling. Visual expression gives voice to your experiences in new and healing ways.
Are you, or do you know someone, that is struggling with either drug or alcohol abuse? If so, I would be happy to assist you or your loved one. I have experience working with ages 13 and up, who may be struggling with substance abuse and cooccurring mental health disorders. I have worked in multiple treatment settings including outpatient and inpatient treatment, such as residential and detoxification services. I utilized evidence based modalities, such as Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Currently Full. The Pandemic, World Unrest & Mass Shootings, keep changing our lives on a daily basis. If, you are personally struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, work stress or relationship issues, then therapy may help. For 30 years I have helped individuals & couples navigate life stressors. I am compassionate & direct. Professional & Life Experience counts! I have been married for 40+ years, raised a family, have navigated divorce with loved ones & worked in hospitals & Corporate America. If you are looking for a compassionate & experienced therapist, I may be able to help. Age 21+. Circle back in the New Year.
Therapy at West Woods provides an opportunity to take a look at what is important in your life! If you feel stuck, unsettled and/or would like to address issues individually, as a couple or as a family, this is a great place to start. I am a Marriage and Family therapist who utilizes Imago therapy to facilitate communication in a respectful and loving way.
Life happens! We are all on our own unique journey, and sometimes we struggle along the way. The struggle may come in the form of anxiety, depression, grief/loss or distress, and it may be the result of significant changes in your life. Is this stress impacting your health, your relationships, your job, or the overall quality of your life? You don't have to go through this alone. If you are experiencing any of these struggles, I may be able to offer you the help you need, in a kind, caring and collaborative process.
Our way of live has been turned upside down. The structures of our community that ground, secure and orient us, have been hit by this pandemic. We find ourselves feeling disoriented and out of sorts. Others are grappling with not only the upending of routines caused by the pandemic but are fearing for their life or their livelihood. Whatever your situation, your life has been changed right now by something outside your control, and this is invariably stressful. And, of course, many of you were dealing with mental health issues or traumatic life events before the complication of a pandemic.
Working from a positive, whole-person perspective that is grounded in a psychodynamic and relational approach, I work with clients to navigate, understand, and resolve experiences of distress, relational challenges, life transitions, and health difficulties. As a Clinical Health Psychologist with an Integrative Medicine background, I have had the honor of helping people address and overcome a wide variety of challenges for over 20 years. My areas of expertise include coping with major life-adjustments, health conditions and cancer, significant stress/burn-out, relationship and parenting challenges, grief/loss, and work-life balance.
I believe that we all need support, however at times we may need a different type of support than what those close to us can and/or are able to provide. Reaching out and asking for help takes a significant amount of strength and courage, something I not only recognize, but respect in all aspects of my practice. Whether you are going through a difficult life experience or are dealing with something that is more long-standing and chronic, I am committed to working with you to reach your personal goals.
*Not taking new clients at this time* As someone who knew I wanted to be a Social Worker since age sixteen, I feel very passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults to help them make positive changes in their lives, paving the road for a successful future.
Our ability to live a more satisfying life is predicated on our capacity for self-awareness and subsequently self-management. By examining our patterned behavior and underlying thinking we have an opportunity to understand the dynamics of our distress. This understanding, derived from insight-oriented therapy, coupled with cognitive behavioral based techniques, can help us transition to living a better life. I help facilitate the process of introspection and awareness with the goal to build and foster skills to better manage emotional and psychological reactions.
I'm a licensed clinical social worker experienced working with children, adults, and families. I believe that healing and growth are possible regardless of the pain or challenges that people experience and have faced. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University following my undergraduate education from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in International Studies with a focus on Conflict Resolution. Initially, interested in resolving global conflict, I learned the greatest conflicts in the world lie within us and between us in our daily lives.
Individual suffering from emotional distress...psychologically minded, capable of insight....goals to be free of symptoms of distress..explore deeper issues including effect of family of origin on present functionning
I offer brief, solution-focused therapy that is specific, and has attainable goals designed with the "end in mind".
I help individuals, couples and families work through life transitions that cause stress and tension in your relationships.
I have experience working with a variety of issues and people which include: parenting, single parenting, communication difficulties, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, depression as well as individuals who might have difficulty setting and reaching long term goals.
There are times in everyone's life when we can feel overwhelmed with life's challenges and difficulties. At those times we can benefit from a confidential and supportive environment to help resolve an emotional challenge or cope with a personal experience. I have had over 30 years of experience in providing short and long term individual therapy, as well as couples therapy, and in that time I have provided emotional healing, personal growth and understanding for people struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, relationships, couples issues, and life changes.
Does your child suffer from anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorder, attention deficit disorder, oppositional disorder, autistic syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, or a learning disorder? I can help. In practice for more than 25 years, I have a Masters Degree in Child Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology , I work closely with parents, schools, and pediatricians, providing therapy and psychological evaluations for children. I also provide custody evaluations. Children enjoy my delightful play therapy room. Evening appointments are provided for adults , parents, or couples .I shape my therapeutic approach with adults to their diagnostic needs..