My primary philosophy of care begins with the emotional wellness of each client. As a person-centered therapist, I incorporate motivational interviewing with cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and feminist theories of counseling.
The basis of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to recognize unhealthy patterns of thinking that impact your behavior. By identifying and changing negative thoughts, you can alter the unhealthy behaviors which may be preventing you from living a full life. In our meetings we are equal partners in this process, and a primary goal is YOU becoming your own therapist. You will learn how to recognize cognitive distortions in your own life through the use of mindfulness in examining your day-to-day thoughts and behaviors. We will work on problem solving and more effective coping skills to help you navigate specific stressors and worries in your daily life. We will also discuss and process how to dispel learned patterns of unhelpful thinking and replace those thoughts with more empowered and positive self-concepts. In doing so, we hope to relieve your symptoms and aid you in living a fuller and more productive life, with a greater sense of self-awareness, self-worth, and confidence in your own abilities. This is not always an easy task, but worth the emotional challenge.
I have been working in a private practice medical setting which focuses primarily on women's health, but have also worked with men and couples as well for the past 12 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed the expansion of tele-health services, including tele-mental health. Currently, I am devoting my practice to this new technology hoping to enable a more broad-based, safe, and easily accessible opportunity for clients to receive mental health counseling.
Note: As of 2-1-2021, I will be back in my office setting and will be available to meet in person safely. I also plan on continuing to utilize telemental health measures according to the client needs.