All of our counselors consistently strive for the highest ethical standards and can be counted on as trustworthy allies.
We believe in protecting the sanctity of your privacy. Our relationship with every patient is confidential so that you are never hindered when opening up to the therapeutic process.
The best possible care is our aim. All of us at the Center believe compassion for a fellow human being is fundamental and indivisible from our role.
I find fostering the connection with one’s “deeper spirit” significant in the therapeutic process. My training includes Bioenergetics, Gestalt & Psychodynamic therapy, although my desire to learn more about the human condition began long before labels or my official life as a therapist. I've had many roles in the field of education, including conflict resolution and leadership advice, where I believe peacemaking is often overlooked. I believe in trust, honoring each other's differences and forgiveness.
I believe exploring the past helps us understand why we think, feel and behave in the ways we do today; this exploration can, in turn, help us reach the goals of our work and dreams. In my practice I often combine a psychodynamic approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My work with adults of all ages draws on the expressive arts, motivational and strengths-based therapies, and cognitive behavioral and trauma-informed therapies. The resilience of the human mind and spirit have long inspired my understanding of healing processes.
Solution Focused Therapy keeps things simple: it's future-focused, goal-oriented, and looks directly at the solutions you want to achieve in your new life. The past is considered only to the necessary degree as we focus ahead. My clients are diverse individuals and couples, including the GLBTQ community.
Whether facing depression, anxiety, grief or struggling with life transitions or addiction, the healing process begins just the same: right where we are. A contemplative model of engagement, honoring the immediate moment and mindfulness can reveal our genuine goodness, natural dignity and innate wisdom - our brilliant sanity.
I am committed to guiding individuals through the process of change by increasing mindfulness and self-awareness in a safe place without judgment. I believe each individual has unique needs. New mindfulness strategies can empower us with the ability to make new choices: by changing how we react to thoughts and feelings, we can ultimately take fresh paths to wellbeing.
I believe each of us has a gift of Self to embrace along life's journey. As a therapist, I help children, teenagers, and adults transcend trauma to reach healing and the gift of Self. In session, I introduce tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and guided meditation to help others change their inner dialogue and core beliefs. I also am inspired by the perspective of trauma informed care and seek to help others develop a new relationship of unconditional love with themselves through a lifestyle of daily self-nurturing.
The success of most therapy has to do with the human bond. With twenty years of seeing children, adolescents, adults and couples in therapy, I have worked extensively with all levels of mood and personality issues and major life changes. The possibilities of deep transformation are endless.
After a life of challenges and learning by trial and error, I decided “an unexamined life is not worth living.” My career in counseling began late, at the age of 45, with emphasis on Existential Phenomenology. I'm most interested in the motives behind our choices, and along the way I've especially gained experience in men’s issues and the dynamics of our relationships.
Heart centered counseling can open us to new experiences by overcoming the blocks and walls built by our struggles. I believe that with willingness and guidance, much healing can occur in the mind, body and spirit for holistic health. I've spent many years working with children, adolescents and their families as a school counselor and counseling adults in certificate programs. And my experience over the years is that possibilities of renewal and new understanding are available for all of us, in any situation.
People are stronger than they know or believe. Sometimes life has a way of sucker punching us, and nothing in our past has prepared us for the current difficulties we experience. My approach to therapy focuses on you and what you decide will make your life better. You are more important than what you may have been “diagnosed with."