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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 network is often desirable and more effective. In those moments, I am thankful that counselors and coaches 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 who are working to find healing, balance, and success in their lives.
I am confident that my experience, combined with my passion for helping people makes it so that I am well-equipped 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.
My approach is warm, attentive, curious, and sincere. I am invested in building a bridge quickly so that we can connect and work through the process collaboratively. It is my intention to be real, vulnerable, and relatable. I am much more interested in connection than formality. I want people to feel comfortable and safe to explore anything and everything knowing that we are all human and doing the best we can.
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 am interested in letting the client lead. My role is to help the client clear and digest the blocks in the way of accessing their true self. We will establish goals and work together to help you achieve them.
In my work with children, I primarily use techniques derived from play therapy, particularly a modality called Synergetic Play Therapy. I am eclectic in my approach with adults and pull primarily from client-centered theories of practice. I also have extensive training through Jayson Gaddis and The Relationship School in how we do relationship with the individuals in our lives.
My fee is $100.00 for a 50-60 minute session. I am able to do sessions in person or via remote video conferencing. I also offer coaching packages of 8-12 sessions. I will do a sliding fee scale, as needed.
Please call me at 503 530-6521, or email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to working with you!