I am a Trauma-Focused counselor who helps people build emotional resilience in order to heal from the inside out.
My goal as a counselor is to provide my clients with support and guidance as they work to uncover what has been preventing them from achieving their true potential. I believe the therapeutic process is unique to each client and I strive to meet individual needs by implementing integrative trauma-focused and solution-focused methodologies.
I work with clients who are dealing with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues related to traumatic experiences. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I work with each client to tailor strategies to meet individual needs, attain maximum personal growth and achieve satisfaction in life.
Trauma - I have received extensive training in helping clients identify and resolve trauma-related issues such as:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
- Adjustment disorders.
Trauma may present as a variety of problems. I help adults, adolescents, children and families address the following issues that may be related to a traumatic experience:
- Depression and Anxiety - We all get the blues from time to time. We also feel appropriately anxious at times. However, when that "down in the dumps" feeling or that "always on edge" feeling has a negative impact on your daily routine and relationships, it may be time to seek help. I help people identify problematic issues and implement strategies to make positive changes and improve their lives.
- Stress Management - Stress is a major source of negativity for many people. With our busy lives and increasing demands on our time, it is hard to avoid stress. But, it is possible to manage stress and overcome the negative impact it can have on our mental and physical health. I help people get their schedules under control, prioritizing the important aspects and managing the details in order to improve their quality of life, leaving time for fun and recreation.
- Work and Career - Whether you love your job or hate it, we all have to find ways to balance work with the rest of our lives. I practiced law for many years, defending professionals against civil litigation claims. I learned that many of the issues that led to these claims had more to do with problems occurring outside of the workplace. I use this experience to help people identify and resolve issues of conflict between work responsibilities, family obligations and personal goals to help them achieve a holistic balance in life.
- Adolescents and Children - I enjoy working with children and adolescents to help them identify and resolve issues related family, school, peer relationships, self esteem and confidence. I provide support and guidance to help them grow as individuals and become confident, empowered adults.
- Family Counseling - I believe a family is a system of interconnected relationships. When a traumatic experience occurs, conflict may arise in one or more relationships within the family and the entire system can be negatively impacted. I help families restore balance and harmony to their system but providing support and guidance as they work to identify issues and confront problematic behaviors that led to dysfunction.
Equine-Facilitated Counseling Services:
When appropriate, I utilize Equine-Facilitated Counseling. Horses are intuitive creatures with a keen sense of awareness to what is happening in their environment. They have a unique ability to identify a threatening situation, respond appropriately and then let go and "go back to grazing". Horses are very skilled in teaching people to "go back to grazing" in their own lives. They react to our subtle, non-verbal body language and act as a mirror, reflecting a client's unspoken thoughts and feelings. Horses are completely honest in their reactions to people and provide significant clues into what is going on behind the scenes. In addition, horses are social creatures, just like us. They have unique personalities, likes and dislikes. They prefer to be around other horses and live in a hierarchical structure of the herd. Some horses are leaders, others follow. Some are serious and all business, others are clowns and like to play. Sound like some people you know? These traits in horses may actually help people learn and grow as individuals as they interact with different types of horses. Observing the horses' reactions often prompts clients to develop new perspectives and understanding of themselves.
Canine-Assisted Counseling Services:
Many clients are comforted by the presence of animals and find having a dog to interact with during counseling sessions to be helpful as they work through stressful issues. Dogs are not necessarily used in the same manner as horses are used in the therapeutic process. While horses mirror a client's reactions, dogs tend to complement therapeutic interventions and provide support to clients experiencing anxiety or symptoms of depression.