Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Are anxiety and panic attacks making it harder to show up to life? Do you have unresolved trauma that keeps you feeling triggered and stuck in the past? Are you frustrated with your relationships- feeling misunderstood and unappreciated? Do you have a teen who's over-stressed and anxious, or are you a parent struggling to connect with your child?
My practice is dedicated to helping people get to the root of their issues so they can finally experience the recovery they've been longing for. I provide practical, helpful tools you can start using right away to:
feel more grounded and safe
practice self care and compassion
reclaim ownership of your life
build healthy, happy relationships
The work is deep and evidence-based so the changes are noticeable, and at the same time it is client-centered so you stay behind the wheel of your healing journey.
As an EMDR clinician, I use this highly-effective therapeutic approach to help clients heal from:
self-critical, perfectionist, and other sabotaging mindsets
childhood trauma and neglect
anxiety and panic.. and so much more.
Toxic, dysfunctional relationships often create deep emotional wounds. I help clients recover from experiences such as loving someone with an untreated addiction or disorder, emotional neglect and abandonment, narcissistic abuse, divorce conflict, and other power struggles.
If you've been struggling through hard times on your own and are ready to get unstuck and equipped with the tools to create the life you'd love to live, I'd welcome the opportunity to support you.
Specialties and Areas of Focus
Does everyone refer to you as the 'responsible one'? Do you avoid your feelings or get overwhelmed by them? Is it easier to care for others than to care for yourself? Do you have incredibly high standards for yourself that leave you feeling defeated? If you are tired of living under pressure and dissatisfied, it may be time to shine a caring light on yourself with some personal healing work. Individual therapy is an opportunity to unburden oneself from the expectations and unhealthy relationship patterns that keep you feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Personal recovery empowers you to claim your voice, set boundaries, have healthier relationships, live with purpose, and so much more.
I have a passion for working with couples- teaching communication skills partners can start using right away. Couples heal and grow as each person identifies the unconscious, ineffective ways they try to connect (often rooted in their childhood wounds) which only create more distance and disappointment. Together we look at conflict patterns and take steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, positive direction. Partners get a better understanding of their individual love styles, learn to create emotional safety, and develop the ability to pause and consider one another before reacting. Areas of specialty include pre-marital counseling, blended families, and affair recovery.
Anxiety & Panic
If you suffer from panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, unrelenting worries, or an incapacitating phobia, you may have an anxiety disorder. It's highly beneficial to address anxiety that has escalated beyond everyday stressors. Constant, unchallenged anxious thoughts move you toward more withdrawals from life and reinforce self-defeating beliefs. Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears; learn how to relax; look at situations in new, less frightening ways; and develop better coping and problem-solving skills. You'll learn easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world.
When facing turbulent life events, integrating and strengthening your faith may be the missing piece in finding proper treatment. Christian counseling is a therapy focus area centering on intertwining the disciplines of faith and psychology to provide an approach to mental and emotional health that pulls from biblical teachings. I find that it is a great way to better serve those who identify with the Christian faith to process through their struggle and find meaningful ways of coping. If this is something that you feel you would like to pursue, please let me know I make it a high priority to respect my clients and I want to provide the most appropriate counseling method to each one.
The teen years can be a time of both discovery and disorientation. From academic stress, intense emotions, and social media overload, to depression and social anxiety, today's young person faces a number of significant challenges on a daily basis. I provide a safe, supportive space for teens to give attention to their thoughts and feelings while empowering them with practical skills, expressive arts, education, and other resources to normalize their experiences and help them feel more calm, healthy, and confident. I also offer coaching sessions to help parents consciously journey through this pivotal time in their teen's life and help their child grow into their fullest potential. I believe a supportive family is a teen's most valuable resource.
Addiction & Families
Addiction is called a "family disease" for good reason. Family members are profoundly affected when a loved one becomes addicted to substances or harmful behaviors. I provide eye-opening insights, practical ways to stop the emotional pain, and a better understanding of how some relationship roles feed into the addiction dynamic. Clients learn to focus on themselves (without the guilt) and begin their own recovery journey. Adult children of alcoholics & addicts greatly benefit from this healing work because their identity and relationships are often impacted by their childhood experiences. I also support sober individuals active in 12-step work who are ready to heal the traumas rooted in their addiction history.