Partnering with individuals to help them identify and resolve issues getting in the way of having a healthy, productive life.
There have been numerous times in my life where I have needed to count on someone. Family and friends are a necessary and appreciated support for all of us however, someone outside of our personal relationships is often desirable and more effective. In those moments, I am thankful that counselors exist and I don’t have to go it alone.
Similarly, times arise in our role as parents where we may find that our children need help in a way that is outside of the structure and guidance that we offer as parents. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” As a parent, I have counted on others many times.
Just as there are occasions where I need help, I have always felt drawn to support others. I became a counselor so that I could fulfill this calling. I started in the field back in 1998 when I began my degree in psychology. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse group of individuals, dealing with all sorts of matters. I have worked with youth in the juvenile system, incarcerated women and mothers, adults with disabilities, children with autism, men who have sexually offended, individuals needing psychiatric assistance, families enduring domestic violence, and as a school counselor for elementary-aged and adolescent students considered high-risk by some.
I am confident that my experience, combined with my passion for helping people has equipped me well to assist youth and adults in healing, or making change. I think it is important to come alongside a person who is struggling; partnering with the individual for a solution. I believe we both learn something from each other and that we each have an opportunity to grow. This makes our relationship mutually beneficial and I have much gratitude for the opportunity to work in a field that allows for this type of connection.
Counseling is most effective when trust is built and the therapist and client are able to get curious about the root of the issue at hand. I let my client take the lead. My role is to help the client clear and digest the blocks in the way of accessing his or her true self. We will establish goals together and get creative about allowing them to come to fruition.
My approach is warm, attentive, curious, and sincere. In my work with children, I primarily use techniques derived from play therapy, particularly a modality called Synergetic Play Therapy. With adults, I pull primarily from client-centered theories of practice.
My fee is just $40.00 for a 50-minute session because I believe that counseling and therapy should be available to all.
Please call me at 503-530-6521, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you!