Life can be challenging, and in these challenges it can feel hard to cope for a number of different reasons. I work with people who are struggling with a variety of issues such as developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, etc. We all want to feel well and sometimes we need support from others to accomplish this.
I believe wholeheartedly that all people possess the innate ability to grow and heal. I see myself as an ally and guide on your personal journey of self-discovery. Life can be overwhelming and uncertain. I offer a place for clients to experience respite from the demands of everyday life, and focus inward. I work with children and adults of all ages. My approach is client-centered, trauma-informed, strengths-based, and collaborative. In my work, I draw on Existential Therapy, Depth Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
I value working collaboratively with my clients in a patient, authentic, and empathic manner to help empower individuals to find ways to more effectively navigate and cope with the challenges and stressors in their lives. I have experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples from a wide variety of racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. I've worked in crisis intervention with individuals experiencing suicidal ideation, as well as with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, low self-esteem, substance use issues, relationship issues, and LGBTQ concerns.
I believe that every one of us has the right to a positive life, healthy relationships, and a positive self-image. And I believe that we have the capacity to achieve this positive life, especially when we receive the support that we need. I offer a warm, safe, genuine, positive space where you may feel free to explore the issues that are most important to you without judgment.
Get unstuck, rebuild your relationship, heal your past & create the life you have been longing for. If you are anxious, sad or stuck, I can help you reclaim the life you crave. Together we can work to discover who you are beyond your distress. Through skillful conversations and guided explorations, I help my clients disentangle, heal and navigate through their pain. I specialize in the treatment of individuals and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, infidelity, stress and life transitions. I also work with clients who need assistance with eating disorders and other addictive processes, workplace difficulties, self-esteem, intimacy, trauma and grief and loss.
Forty years of research has shown that psychotherapy is an effective mental health treatment. I'm an experienced educator, trainer, and psychotherapist ready to help you emerge from your struggles. Whether it be relationship difficulties, addiction, anxiety, or mental health difficulties we will engage in the unique challenges that have brought you here.
As a relational psychotherapist, I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. By exploring interpersonal patterns both in the therapeutic relationship and in your life outside therapy, together we expand your self understanding, including awareness of the deep roots of conflicts that continue to resurface in relationships, work, etc. I also focus upon the interdependence between people and the nonhuman environment, as one's relationship to the natural world is a fundamental part of being human. As a Certified Sparketype Advisor (Sparketype Endeavors, Inc), I help people reimagine their work lives to feel more alive.
(Currently full) in-person sessions and telehealth). I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Shamanic Reiki Master with 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I offer traditional psychotherapy (Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic, Psychodynamic) with an integrative approach that includes mind, body, spirit and energy wellness. In reflection of my own life experience, both professionally and personally- I have come to believe that a holistic approach is key for overall emotional/psychological health and healing. For other services provided, please visit my website at https://www.earthandlight.net
Is it extremely hard to get out of this rut right now? Picking yourself up sometimes means asking for a hand to get out of the mud. Feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, and lack of rest ad up to stagnation. Work life balance... that seems like a dream. Self-care, and regulating our emotions has been been put off for so long, that you don't even know where to begin or how to commit. A more potent solution is called for. Believe it or not resiliency develops every small step you take to pick yourself up. Before you know it you feel flow and momentum. Collaboration and interconnectedness is essential for us all.
I believe you deserve a life that is thrilling. I want to help you eliminate unhealthy patterns and routines, and build confidence and creativity in all facets of your life. Existing in a social world is challenging and complex. Together we’ll build resiliency and awareness around your behaviors, and dissect how they affect your well-being and those around you. Having worked for years with individuals and families, I understand your challenges. I provide an open, thoughtful space where creative problem solving and skill building around your personal conflicts can happen.
I offer support to individuals in their process of cultivating insight, deepening self-awareness and making purposeful change. With openness and compassion, we will explore inner emotional experiences, thought processes and relational patterns. I strive to support my clients in living in accordance with their most wise, easeful and connected selves. Through a commitment to look within, I believe that healing, growth and relief from suffering can occur.
I provide empathy and tools to help you resolve personal struggles that can manifest as anxiety, confusion, fear, depression and relationship problems. By paying attention to the emotions you experience and the sensations you feel you can build understanding about your needs. Understanding your needs and identifying your emotions are helpful things to learn for increasing satisfaction within yourself. Having this awareness also benefits peaceful and direct communication in relationships.
The earliest known root of the English word "patient" is a Latin verb meaning "to suffer". Suffering comes in many different forms. It can be expressed in relationships, in the way we interpret events in the world, in "disorders" and "syndromes", and often, in difficult to define moments, where we know something is not right. There are often roots to suffering that can be uncovered and understood and can help us to know ourselves better, to get in touch with what is truly alive in ourselves and in the world around us. Therapy can help us resolve some suffering and bear inevitable sufferings that can feel impossible to tolerate.
I work over telehealth with individuals that are LGBTQIA+ (while they may or may not identify as being a part of this "community", for sake of ease of description, I use this acronym). Often people come to me with depression, trauma, anxiety, relationship issues, and eating disorders. They want to live with less shame and more ease through out their days and lives. They want to be able to feel safe, seen, heard, and understood as much as possible. I am passionate about serving these marginalized folks and acknowledge intersectionality of various identities within each individual. Sliding scale options are full at this time.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Richmond 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 Richmond 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 Richmond, or Child Psychologists in Richmond.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Richmond 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 Richmond 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.