I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Virginia, Arizona, Maine, and Minnesota. I have immersed myself in clinical mental health practice for over 20 years. I have also been working in higher education for 23 years as a Professor in Counselor Education and Supervision. My experience spans many realms and includes direct patient care of children, teenagers, and adults of all ages in settings such as telehealth, community mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospital, adult day programs, hospice, and nursing homes. I own 3 horses, 2 donkeys, and a basset hound, who happen to be my therapists.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
Clients can expect to be seen, heard, validated, and comforted in their sessions with me. I want clients to know that they should "come as they are" to their counseling sessions with me because I will meet them where they are and help them get to where they want to be. I am most excited to work with clients who are hurting and nothing else they have tried has worked. The one thing I wish that all clients knew is that nothing stays the same and this too shall pass. I also believe that my clients possess more inner strength and resilience than they realize. I can promise my clients that I will always be respectful, genuine, non-judgmental, compassionate, and be a really good listener. I will provide psychoeducation and coping skills as I walk the journey with you out of your deepest pain and into healing and wholeness.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
I utilize both traditional therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, rational emotive therapy, and non-traditional therapies, such as, art therapy, play therapy, sand tray therapy, somatic experiencing, and equine-assisted psychotherapy, into my practice, as appropriate. I truly tailor the therapeutic methods I use in sessions around your needs and the goals we create together for your therapy. I am comfortable offering the following types of therapy: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. I am currently working on my certification in Gottman Couples Therapy, EMDR, and Theocentric Psychology.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I have worked with children, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults, and geriatric populations in individual therapy, career counseling, group therapy, couple’s counseling and family therapy. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorders, post-partum depression, sexual assault and molestation, PTSD, chronic pain/illness, medical trauma, marriage and couple’s counseling, military counseling, adjustment disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, family relationships, end-of-life issues, and prolonged grief and loss. My focus is on any client who wants and needs support, encouragement, direction in life, and self-understanding.
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One of my breakthroughs with a client was helping her to integrate over 25 different personalities into just a few after years of chronic abuse, neglect, and hurt.
I work from a very Client-Centered Therapy approach. I treat all of my clients with unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence.
In our first session together, we will engage in a conversation about what brings you into counseling at this time. We will also discuss important demographics about you and your life. Lastly, we will come up with a good plan to help you start feeling better about yourself and the direction your life is taking you.
I decided to become a counselor because people have always gravitated towards me to tell me their problems, secrets, and struggles. I also love the feeling of helping people feel good about themselves.