I provide counseling services to both women and men who are adults ages 18 and older. I work with adults who have experienced childhood trauma that resulted from anything that disrupted their sense of safety as a child, including: an unstable or unsafe environment; separation from a parent; serious illness; intrusive medical procedures; sexual, physical, or verbal abuse; domestic violence; or neglect. Other commonly overlooked causes of emotional and psychological trauma and PTSD in a client may be a surgery, the sudden death of someone close, the breakup of a significant relationship, or a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience, especially if someone was deliberately cruel.
Even a client coping with the trauma of a natural or man-made disaster can present unique challenges even if they weren’t directly involved in the event due to the extensive range of news and social media outlets.
I provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy as an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and many other international health agencies. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. For more information refer to the “About EMDR” page and/or to the following website: www.emdria.org.
I provide couple’s therapy for heterosexual or homosexual couples that are married, partnered together, or in a romantic relationship. I address unhealthy couple development; conflicting verbal communication; decreased intimacy, respect, and affection; sexual issues; emotional withdrawal; infidelity; separation and divorce; parenting; and blended family issues.
I provide counseling to clients with depression and anxiety symptoms whether an acute onset or chronic and persistent over a number of years in their life time. I serve clients needing support with grief and loss in order to cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses they are experiencing. These experiences are commonly thought to be brought on by a loved person’s death, but may also be any significant life-altering loss such as a divorce, job, and home foreclosure.
I provide women’s issues counseling. Common challenges addressed and related to women are self-identity and boundaries, co-dependency, issues within intimate and parent-child relationships, struggles to balance the demands of a career and parenthood in addition to having a life of their own and a developing or maintaining a positive intimate relationship, and dual roles of caregiver to their children and caregiver to their aging parents.