Throughout life most of us experience transitions that challenge and transform us. Many of these passages can be navigated more effectively with the knowledge and compassion of an experienced professional. Combining Jungian psychology, family systems, humanistic psychology, modern neuroscience and mindfulness, I bring my full attention and presence to the sacred work of healing mind, body and heart with each client. In addition to traditional therapy, dream-work and creative expressions such as art, poetry, music and dance facilitate healing and growth. Relaxation and meditation techniques assist with grounding and centering.
Are you struggling with grief, sadness, or depression? Do you feel like it takes extra effort to get things accomplished, or just to get through the day? Do you feel overwhelmed with anxiety about everything, or have trouble obtaining adequate sleep? Things can get better, but it is hard to do it alone. I am so thankful that you have chosen to reach out for support. I am a LPC specializing in work with adults. Therapy can be enlightening and transformative when you are paired with the right therapist for you.
I specialize in child and family therapy with an emphasis in marriage counseling, but I am open to helping anyone that is looking for a way to improve their lives through understanding their emotions and how those emotions are affecting their behaviors and actions. I have been married for the past 16 years and have 5 children of my own, and I understand the common struggles of maintaining a working relationship with a spouse and with children. I spent 10 years working with the foster care system, and I spent the last 4 years supervising a school counseling program and conducting individual counseling for an array of individuals.
Currently accepting new clients & offer free 15 min. phone consults. It's no secret that we're living through one of the most stressful times in history. Folks are feeling burnt out, tired, exhausted, & may be feeling or diagnosed w/ depression, anxiety, high stress, & anything in between. If this sounds like you/your child & you want to work on your mental health & wellness, to work through these things using music, or learn how music can help, music therapy may be a fit. Note: I'm LGBTQIA+-affirming, neurodivergent-affirming, anti-racist, anti-ableist, pro-women's right to choose, & practice w/ an anti-oppressive lens.
Teletherapy options available. I welcome the opportunity to get to know you and see how I can support you in reaching your goals toward self-improvement. I am a firm believer that you know what is best for you. Let's look at your strengths and experiences to see how they have shaped your life. Working on ourselves is hard work. Sometimes we all need a little help. I have worked with adults and families managing illness, life transitions, depression, anxiety and many other issues. I have worked in the field of community mental health, hospice, hospital, non-profit both public and private organizations.
The journey of finding a therapist can be difficult and frustrating at times. You may ask yourself, "do I really need to talk with someone?" Coming to the realization that you may need to talk to some one is challenging . Taking that first step in searching, for someone, to talk to is moving in the direction, of finding peace, hope and healing.
We believe in starting where the client is, in order to help them explore their potential for growth. We provide a gentle push to help them find healing, hope, and happiness. We help those from a young age to those in their retirement have happier, healthier lives.
Together the client and I chart a treatment plan that supports the client in using their skills and my knowledge. I am currently working with PTSD and the effects of early trauma on adult functioning. I am also now able to offer LCSW supervision for licensure in the state of Virginia. My experience includes general mental health, workplace issues, marriage counseling, adolescent issues, schools issues, and drug and alcohol assessment and treatment.
I love what I do! It's more than a job it's a passion. It's about feeling privileged to being a part of your dreams, your fears, and the getting to know all of you, the good the bad, and all those hidden parts that you may not like. I welcome the whole of you, flaws and all. I will be here to cheer for your successes or be compassionately present for those dark moments.
As your life coach, I will help you find your balance and empower you to fine tune your strengths and enlighten you in the areas that you desire improvement. Our interaction goes beyond the "session." I will be there for you in between our meeting times, as a supportive and accountable force to guide you towards your specific goals. My objective is to team up with the greatness of others, to motivate and assist in bringing out the full potential that lies within everyone.
Licensed Professional Counselor, DMin, MA, MS, LPC, LCMHC
Having seen a lot in my life, I am nevertheless daily amazed by the stories I hear in my office. People have such interesting, encouraging and traumatic stories to tell. I help people explore their stories, heal, and grow within them. My approach goes beyond the relief of distressing symptoms to help you thrive as an individual and within relationships. Call me and let's get started exploring your life, finding your strengths, and dealing with unpleasant memories. Let's start the changes you wish to make to better yourself and your relationships.
Does self-doubt rob you of feeling a sense of contentment and stability you desire? Do feelings of shame obstruct your ability to feel worthy of a loving relationship with yourself and others? Are self-esteem and confidence drowned out by nagging thoughts of: "I'm not good enough", "I'm a failure", "I'm not worthy of love"? Life transitions and unexpected events can resurface embedded and unresolved traumas that stick with us and impact our emotional health later in life. Consequently you may find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of stress, anxiety and disconnection, unable to find a sense of peace and balance.
I have 14+ years of experience with a wide range of populations and needs. I have helped clients of all ages. The needs and issues have ranged from at risk/early intervention, depression, trauma, grief/loss, self esteem, gender identify, crisis counseling, relationship issues, and many more. The goals of my clients have been to develop effective copings skills and to get help with their own personal mental health journey. People want to feel supported, not judged, and heard in order to gain back their hope and assurance in their future.
You are deserving of support and nurturing. If you are experiencing pain, stress, or just don't feel like yourself anymore please know that help is available. If you are seeking to interrupt and heal generational cycles of trauma and stress in your life then I'm here for you. Each person has the power to significantly change the trajectory of their life and positively impact the lives of their family and community. I've also completed specialized training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and can support new parents and parents to be.
I have always said that treatment is not one-size-fits-all and must be tailored for the person and their needs. It is also essential to build genuine trust and a safe space for a client aiming to better their sense of wellbeing. As a resident in counseling, my focus is to allow room for vulnerability, genuineness, and empathy. While life comes with tremendous rewards, it also has challenges that can feel too much to bear. Together we can process the curveballs, build coping skills, heal past traumas, and build healthier patterns to take on any obstacle. I am a resident in counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
There are times throughout our lives that we need a little extra support. Reaching out to get assistance navigating life’s challenges takes a great deal of courage. I’m glad you’re here! I have been working in the mental health field since 1996. I work from a strengths based approach. You are the expert on you! In today’s fast paced world, making time to learn new strategies to help manage daily stressors and rediscover your core strengths is something we can all benefit from doing.
You deserve to live a life without things that hold you back, pull you down, or leave you in the dark. Whether this is an eating disorder that has stopped you from enjoying life or made you see yourself differently than how others see it, anxiety that has caused you to feel you cannot take a chance, or depression that has made you feel as though there is no way to cope, I want to work with you to help you find and understand your true self. Therapy is identifying what needs to change, taking those steps, and working to meet your goals. This journey can be challenging, however, you will find in the end it is very fulfilling.
I take a holistic and integrative approach to therapy which involves integrating various elements of different theories and practice. I lean most heavily on approaches focused on how people’s thinking can change feelings and behaviors while also implementing an approach focused on helping clients achieve their highest potential. Instead of energy spent on the past or on negative behaviors, I emphasize the goodness in clients and work toward each person’s growth and self-actualization. I also use approaches oriented toward problem-solving including Hypnotherapy, NLP Brain Training, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Coaching.
Have you noticed your child, tween, or teen is isolating more? Expressing self-doubt and poor self-esteem? Feeling sad or angry? Not spending time with friends or feeling left out? Perhaps they have been arguing with you more or having anger outbursts at home? Changes in school, friends, or home life can cause worries or changes in their mood. As a teen or young adult, have you been feeling this way?
The road to transformation is through conversation! I am a counselor and executive coach combining over 30 years of extensive interpersonal communication expertise and corporate background experience. I work with individuals (couples and groups) from all walks of life who feel stuck, hurt or struggling with their own pain and challenges. Are you feeling low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, caught in a cycle of repetitive destructive behaviors (such as alcohol and drug use), experiencing PTSD, dysfunctional interpersonal relationships, workplace stress/bullying, social injustice or lacking direction, meaning and purpose?