WELCOME TO MY NEW PRIVATE PRACTICE. NOW TAKING NEW CLIENTS. Using a collaborative model, I work in partnership with clients to address their current concerns as well as any past issues that can keep them from becoming empowered in their lives. My training and life experience allows me to be particularly helpful for those who are motivated to change so that they can learn the skills needed to address such issues as depression, anxiety, trauma and major life transitions. We will discover together the interpersonal conflicts in the way of you becoming who you truly are as an individual.
As a clinical social worker, I treat the whole person, including the circumstances in which they live. I feel two unique qualities that I have, beyond the years of training and experience, are a sense of humor and a world view that includes helping clients feel completely at ease and not judged. Although I work with a wide range of clients, I have particular expertise working in the LGBTQ+ community with 30 years of experience.
People seek out the "talking cure" for various reasons—sometimes to solve a particular problem, more often in hopes of remedying a deeper sense of unease. The conversation may begin with a specific source of pain and then evolve to encompass the whole of one's life. We speak our desires and fears, our pride and shame, fantasies, regrets, and more. It's a process in which we make some sense of our perplexing repetitions; equally, it's a process in which we learn to bear what is ultimately incomprehensible. In time, we can come to terms with our history and find new avenues of enjoyment, purpose, and action.
Now accepting new clients with no waiting list! Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, stress? Using substances in order to cope? Let me help! I have been in practice since 2008 helping individuals learn ways of coping with the stressors of life. I offer a personalized, compassionate connection in therapy to ensure that you feel comfortable and have trust in the process to wellness and recovery. We will work together to discover your strengths and learn new coping strategies.
I use a spiritual-centered approach to help in your healing. Do you want to decrease your anxiety, anger, or sadness? I hope to help support you with issues obstructing your life goals. We can work together using tools to reduce anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and family conflict.
Therapy is a gift to yourself. Life is difficult at times. Therapy gives you tools to meet those challenges. My role is to guide you toward the parts of you in which your strengths reside. You learn life skills that help you make the best choices for your current circumstances. I will teach you to understand how your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs sometimes bring disharmony. Therapy helps you to modify your perspective and determine ways of dealing with life's problems.You can then make healthy choices to meet life's challenges. Are you ready to make such changes?
The focus of therapy is to identify early life influences and/or learned behaviors that lead to problem behaviors. Behaviors can include: anger, physical/emotional/sexual abuse. In addition family/relationship conflict, anxiety/depression, mood swings, drug & alcohol & compulsive behaviors. The sub conscious mind is programed from infancy with positive & negative beliefs & destructive coping skills, programmed survival skills. In therapy we identify old habits/behaviors & poor coping strategies. In therapy, we work to replace self destructive habits/behaviors with functional habits & beliefs. Anxiety & Depression are relieved.
I value transparency and direct communication so that everyone can make informed decisions. Sometimes we hesitate to reach out for help because we compare our experience to that of other people. It's important to recognize that our experiences are unique, as are the challenges we face. Everyone deserves to be heard and to have the opportunity for good quality of life.
My practice is unusual in that I recognize that the dominant social paradigm in the United States expects a person to be 'well adjusted', even in the face of cultural, social, and political forces that tend to militate against wellness. I work well with adults and adolescents whose experience is that they just don't seem to fit the mold. I recognize the value in every person, and believe that freedom and contentment are available to all who seek them. Being human is hard, and the path through adversity, pain, and even suffering CAN be found and navigated.
Thank you for your interest in my therapy/counseling practice. It is often a very difficult decision to finally decide to go to therapy. What can be even more daunting is to find a therapist that is a good fit for you. My approach is easy going and interactive which I have found most clients appreciate. I specialize in working with adults, couples, families and teens. I am co founder of Greater Portland DBT which is a consortium of DBT therapists offering Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to adults and teens.
Through being met with acceptance and trust, counseling can allow you to uncover new parts of yourself or heal from what you are ready to release. If you're looking for a space to work through the complexities of life with a non-judgmental ear and gentle patience, I'd be happy to help. Whether you struggle with anxiety, self-esteem, a difficult life transition, identity, coping, relationship concerns, past pain, or something else, it is my goal to help navigate whatever comes up.
I am an Addictions Specialist with over 15 years of professional experience in both NYC and Maine - in addition to personal experience with addiction and long term recovery.. most important factor when pursuing counseling is to find a "therapeutic alliance" that fits. I always recommend that clients consult with a few providers before choosing. Once a trusting alliance is established, I embark on a journey alongside my clients, which can be brief and solution-focused or longer term weekly sessions and ongoing support.
Emotions are our rudder leading us through the seas of life, both stormy and calm. They are not something to be afraid of, ashamed of, or to run away from. When connected with and channeled in a healthy way, emotions are adaptive and effective guides for transformation and healing. We can sink or we can use the healing power of emotions to authentically navigate through our life journey. Whether this is your first time in therapy or you have past experience, whether you're looking for yourself or for couple's support - your needs, pain and joys deserve to be heard in an empathic, accepting and safe setting.
My small independent practice is set in central Maine downtown Skowhegan. With a quiet feel many clients comment on how relaxed and homey it feels during their sessions. My goal is to make others feel safe and welcome into the space. I thoroughly enjoy working with Clients to discover their goals, increase their quality of life and unwrap their feelings of self-worth. In a world that is constantly on the go I feel that it is important to take sometime to understand oneself and needs.
I have extensive experience with adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, social and relationship issues. I am experienced in the fields of addiction and recovery, and also work well with people affected by the substance use of a loved one. I have worked with both adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, day treatment, schools and outpatient settings. My training allows me to use a variety of approaches, but my first goal is always relationship and trust development, as I believe a good working alliance must begin there.
Are you constantly worried about what might happen? Do you re-play situations in your mind and wish you could go back and change what you said? Do you doubt yourself? Does all of this negative thinking make you feel exhausted? Symptoms of anxiety can take a toll on your well being and can cause many unwanted results. Anxiety can surface for many reasons at any time in your life. Experiencing these emotions can affect our relationships as well. It can be scary to take that first step to seek counseling, however that first step is all you need.
Throughout our lives, we often find ourselves experiencing circumstances that can benefit from proper support. Do you have a desire get ‘un-stuck’ from unhelpful patterns in your own life? Whether due to trauma, unlearned skills, or whether you are a parent of a young child, someone who is interested in discovering new ideas about becoming a 'better' you or simply striving toward your ideal version of yourself (in parenting, career, relationship and/or health), I can help you learn how to shift your thoughts, emotions and actions through our work together.
As of 6/17/22, I have 1 spot available....Some of us struggle to live day to day and have stopped dreaming. Why is dreaming left to childhood? If you are searching for peace or to heal an invisible scar, you do not need to suffer or problem solve alone. I am a licensed clinical social worker whose passion for the past 30 years has been creating a safe space for the human experience that we all share. It has been my understanding that you may already have what you need and I have the privilege to be alongside you on that journey.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Fryeburg 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 Fryeburg 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 Fryeburg, or Child Psychologists in Fryeburg.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Fryeburg 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 Fryeburg 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.