My style is warm, open, honest, straightforward, humorous and nonjudgmental.
Many of us have been taught that who we are is not ok or that what we are bringing to the table is unwelcome. Because of this we learn to not listen to ourselves and we can lose touch with what is important to us and what brings us joy and satisfaction. I find that counseling is often a process of unraveling those messages, figuring out where they came from, discarding those that are unhelpful and getting back in touch with who you really are. I feel honored to be given the opportunity to hear my client’s stories and witness as they make connections between the past and the present, learn to listen to their inner voice and accept themselves as they truly are. This process can provide a pathway for people to begin living a more full and satisfying life.
My practice is inclusive and affirming to all. Since 2007 I have been working with people from diverse backgrounds who identify as LGBTQ, straight, genderqueer, polyamorous, monogamous, people in open relationships and people in the kink community. I have significant experience providing relationship therapy for people who are dealing with the aftermath of infidelity or other boundary crossing. With every client or relationship I bring an attitude of respect, curiosity and willingness to the process of therapy.
I received my degree from PSU in Couples, Marriage and Family therapy where I was trained in a psychodynamic, systems oriented therapy style. I also incorporate some elements of cognitive therapy into my work. I can help people approach problems in a shorter term, more solution focused way, or I can provide long term, depth-oriented support for more complicated issues. I can also provide long-term support, on a weekly or biweekly basis for people with ongoing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder who have incorporated regular counseling appointments into their self care regimen. I am committed to offering affordable therapy and I am happy to offer a reduced fee when itâ€™s needed to make therapy as affordable as possible.
Because the relationship between therapist and client has been shown to be the single most important element in how successful therapy is I make available a no-cost 20-30 minute phone or in person consult for new clients who are “therapist shopping.” If we’re not a good fit, or if you’re looking for a family counselor I have a wonderful network of referral sources that I would be happy to provide to you.
Looking forward to hearing from you!