I enjoy working with adults exploring relationships, family of origin concerns, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress (and growth), grief and loss, and transitions. Each client may seek therapy for different reasons, often because something in their lives has become uncomfortable, unhealthy, unsustainable, intolerable – but each client is so much more than their problem. I've worked with everyone from high school dropouts to combat veterans to long term care residents, and everyone in between ... In every one I see another facet of the best of what it means to be human, and I love to show up and see what we learn together.
Life is an ongoing journey of growth and opportunity. Throughout these opportunities, we are met with challenges. Often these challenges are the catalyst for the growth opportunities we were not necessarily seeking. I believe it is in these moments that we get to dig deep, transform, and come out on the other side victorious, even if we had to get there kicking and screaming. We are resilient people, and sometimes we need to be reminded of that. My role as a therapist is to support my clients and challenge them to keep putting forth the effort and to claim the victory that is waiting for them on the other side of their challenges.
When your brooding, moody teen just won't listen and your partner isn't much help either, what's a stressed out, overwhelmed parent like you to do? Pick up the phone and give me a call. Why? Because even though arguments and communication conflicts can make it feel like your family members are from an entirely different planet, there really are some secrets to bring peace, calm, and order to the chaos. I help parents and partners find real solutions to the angry glares, the eye rolls, the slammed doors, and the stone-cold silences.
***Now accepting new clients*** I take a client-centered approach to therapy. It’s not about making a diagnosis, but rather creating a therapeutic alliance, discovering what you want to work on, and how you want to get there. I’ll walk alongside you, toolbox in hand, ready to assist - helping you clear any obstacles on your path to experiencing life to its fullest. I provide therapy for individuals age 18 and older with issues related to: depression, anxiety, PTSD, veterans & families, adult survivors of abuse and neglect, addiction/substance use, codependence, life transitions, aging, and sleep disorders.
Counseling therapy is an opportunity to work with a trained professional to develop the mental, emotional and physical self-awareness and improved skills so we can more readily navigate life's challenges. I look for clients who sense that it's time to change how they move through the world, whether at work, in their interpersonal relationships, or in their wider communities. Recent or past events may compel folks to explore those changes. Counseling at its best is a partnership, focused on cultivating a resilient approach to life. If you're ready to begin a journey toward greater hope and resilience, please contact me.
As the director of the Center for Connected Living, LLC, with fellowship training in pediatric psychology and over 35 years in the field, it is my honor to serve the needs of children, adolescents, parents, adults, and when appropriate, their families. I have advanced training and expertise in depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, developmental and shock trauma, OCD, and behavioral addictions such include gaming addiction and pornography. I endorse a positive approach that focuses on strengths to enable my clients to live in safe and connected living with self, others, and the outside world.
Somedays you feel like you have it in you, and other days there isn’t an ounce to give to others let alone yourself. You have worked so hard to do all the right things, yet inside you feel completely overwhelmed, alone, and inadequate. You’re comparing yourself to friends, family, and strangers. What you see is that they have it all together, and well let’s be honest you feel like you don’t. You may have even mastered the art of faking it till you make it. It’s time for that to change! You are hoping to feel more in control and capable of handling challenges that come at you.
Feeling overwhelmed right now? You're not alone - everyone is feeling it. Habits and thought patterns you thought you kicked for good are coming back in full force. The skills that you use to cope aren't as helpful as they used to be. You know you need something to change but aren't sure where to start.
I like to help people who are seeking to make their lives better, whether it's to save their marriage, go through a divorce without losing their minds or parent their children without killing them ;) I'm pretty laid back and like to "tell it like it is." You won't hear much professional jargon from me; I prefer to keep things simple. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients never see me again...I would love to get to a point where I no longer have people to help because everyone is coping so well!
Hello and welcome, I hope you find some of this information useful. If you are feeling motivated to support your own healing, free yourself from outdated ways of being or otherwise transform, I'd like to be a part of that process. Getting unstuck, handling difficult emotions, communicating more effectively, setting healthy boundaries and having options to work with intrusive thoughts are a few examples of developments that may come from committing to therapy. My work is collaborative, client-centered and trauma-informed. I intend to provide inclusive care as much as possible and I approach this task with humility.
A down-to-earth approach is often what is needed to get to the heart of the struggles in our lives... Psychospiritual growth and relationship issues are two of my main specialties. The challenges that you come with present a doorway for greater self-awareness and ultimately for transformation. My role is to accompany and intuitively guide you on this journey. Together we will co-create a sacred space where the depths of your feelings and concerns can be safely explored, processed, and supported.
We are living in some challenging times. If you’re struggling, that means you’re human. Know that asking for help is a strength. My therapy is collaborative in nature. I treat a range of difficulties using a variety of techniques. I work from an attachment perspective that is emotionally focused. I believe therapy involves the presence of your entire being (mind/body/spirit). Ultimately, I believe human connection is one of the most important healing tools. Thus, I create a safe therapeutic environment where growth and discovery can flourish. I bring my full self to my work – my optimism, my directness, my persistence, my humor.
*Currently my practice is full. I will update my profile when space is available.* The therapeutic relationship is a partnership based on a commitment to the process of understanding, acceptance and transformation. My professional training and personal life experience allows me to help those who are wanting to make substantial advances in their life and their relationships. My hope is to assist you in gaining a better understanding of how you arrived at this point in your life often feeling stagnant. Therapy is about taking the time to ask the questions while being patient for the answer.
The practice of therapy is often the practice of relationship in a safe, structured, and contained environment. My clients deal with issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, relationship, sexual orientation and gender identity. Each client comes in with a different story, background, and constellation of experiences and capabilities. When we engage and work together, it is that connection that leads to therapeutic change.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner that uses evidence-based practices like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy that will support individuals, couples, and families efforts towards identifying challenging issues and developing workable solutions. I take a humanistic approach to therapy that builds on trust and non-judgement to aid clients in achieving a thriving and meaningful life as defined by the client.
You are a Gift. A Perfect Creation of Love and Generosity. My approach with individuals is multidisciplinary, systemic, all-embracing, holistic, and client-centered. I believe in the immense potential each person possesses and the capacity to heal. My core training is based on psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioral theories. However, I use a mix of research-based techniques and mindfulness practices because I'm a strong believer in the power of the connection between mind, body, and soul. I believe that therapy is a creative process that can have a meaningful and profound impact in transforming people's lives.
Sex and porn addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, with a focus on underlying trauma & codependency are my areas of expertise. My goal is to assist you to transcend suffering, to lay your secrets down and get rid of toxic shame. My focus for you is self-transformation, to like/love yourself and to be released from isolation. Empathy and confidentiality and a focus on the underlying neurocognitive function of addiction, trauma and recovery are the foundations of my practice. With 30 years in the field, I hold two master's degrees, one from the world-renowned Hazelden-Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies.
I consider myself to be a compassionate therapist providing a safe and supportive environment for healing and growth. Are you feeling anxious, sad or depressed? Having problems with a loved one? I am dedicated to providing a solution focused counseling method that meets your personal needs and unleashes your potential for happiness and healing. An important part of the healing process begins with a strong healthy therapist client relationship. My approach is strength based and individually tailored to your personal needs.
I support families, adults and elders in navigating difficult times more gracefully. As we rush through our busy lives, we can feel lost and disconnected from our best selves. We can even become so immersed in our negative culture that we feel a deep sense of hopelessness. We can forget that we are smart, strong, tenacious and resilient. I can help you bring a greater sense of purpose and hope into your life.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in South Westside, Olympia 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 South Westside, Olympia 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.
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