“As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself… The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.”

-Bessel Van Der Kolk

 
 

SPECIALTIES

Areas of expertise include working with families and young adults; trauma, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, ADHD, substance abuse, family conflict, healthy parenting, and working with parents and families of youth exploring their gender and sexual identity.


EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched. Though often connected to the treatment of trauma, it is a method that has proven effective for the treatment of a broad range of psychological, emotional, and physiological issues. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. It can assist in the alleviation of symptoms and disturbances related to individuals’ pasts and current lives. One of the main benefits of EMDR = it links the “maladaptive” neural networks to the “adaptive” neural networks, so that frozen or stuck memories can link up to new information and healing can take place.

Ecotherapy

Nature is considered a remarkable resource for healing and can help decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Connecting with nature can provide unique opportunities to explore your connection with self and the world around you. It is often called a “therapeutic partner” in the counseling field. Ecotherapy is the practice of incorporating the natural world into therapy. Ecotherapy can have many applications, at times it may look like sessions in a park, while on a walk, or it may be assignments between session that are geared towards interaction with nature or reflections on metaphors involving self and nature. Other times it may be more outdoor adventure based. Getting outside can help to shift perspective and tap into your resiliency! Themes of building distress tolerance and noticing how your body holds stress are just some of the ways ecotherapy can work.


Family Counseling and Parent Support

Guiding children and teens, along with their parents, through the many challenges of life at home, at school, and with friends.

Parenthood can be the most rewarding and joyful experience. It can also be stressful and confusing. Whether you are thinking of becoming a parent, are a new parent, or have been navigating the parenting waters for some time - family counseling can be a safe place to help you resolve conflict and deepen family connections. Family therapy can involve the whole family or just those willing and able to participate. Family therapy can address the following:

  • Focus on problem-solving, emotional regulation, healthy boundaries, healthy listening, and the practice of both positive and constructive feedback.

  • Families adjusting to transitions, divorce, and blended families.

  • Learn coping strategies and tools for strengthening healthy communication. Understand common road blocks in communication. Learn to identify, prevent, or avoid triggers without feeling like you are ‘walking on egg shells’.

  • New parents can learn to work through changes in intimacy, connectedness and responsibilities.


Parents and families of LGBTQ+ youth

My approach to working with parents of LGBTQ+ is non-judgmental, patient, and affirming. Shifts in your child’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be confusing. Parents often need a place to get information, vent their concerns, grapple with prejudice, mourn their previous expectations, and explore how this will affect relationships with extended family and friends. Parents of faith-based backgrounds may find this particularly difficult. With all parents, I work with respect and care to help navigate difficult thoughts and feelings. I offer a space where parents can regroup and refocus on loving their child the best ways you know how.

When addressing parent-child conflict, I often meet with parents and youth separately to give everyone a safe place to vent and explore feelings including underlying fears, concerns, and questions. When the time is appropriate, I facilitate conversations with an emphasis on bolstering compassion and respect for one another. Working from a family systems platform, I often include working with families as a whole (siblings or other immediate family members).