Areas of Focus

  • Purpose-driven Life 
  • Depression & Grief
  • Anger & Stress
  • Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress
  • Anxiety & Phobias 
  • Assertiveness & Independence
  • Relationship Dynamics
  • Frequent Mood Swings
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Body Image 
  • Co-Dependency
  • Sexual Dysfunction 
  • Chronic Physcial Pain
  • Impulse Control
  • Gender Identity 
  • Social Anxiety
  • Self-esteem 
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Methods

The first and most important focus of counseling is to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual. Although I use a variety of methods, over-focusing on specific techniques can actually detract from the effectiveness of psychotherapy. You are the expert when it comes to your story, and after working together to understand what the problem is, we then decide the method or combined methods to fit your needs and comfort level. All of my counseling methods are research-based with documented effectiveness of outcome.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Replacing self-defeating thought patterns with healthy ones, leading to new choices in how you react to your environment, relationships, circumstances, and internal imbalances. These counseling techniques range from role playing to written exercises and are incorporated into the traditional "talk therapy."

Guided Imagery & Visualization / Relaxation

Use of imagined scenes and sensations as well as physical relaxation exercises to create a more balanced state of mind, including sleep regulation, trauma resolution, decreased physical pain or tension, and stress management.

Archetype Work & Jungian Psychology 

Broader exploration of personality patterns throughout your lifetime and how to negotiate their effective vs. ineffective aspects to increase choice-making from authentic self. Though this work requires use of imagination and ability to think in abstracts, it leads to a concrete blueprint of self that directly guides decisions in all areas of life.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Combination of verbal cues and self-applied acupressure, proven effective with most problems but, particularly, with phobic anxieties. Acupressure uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing potential, reducing muscular tension, increasing circulation, and releasing blockages that fuel negative emotion. The theory is 5,000 years old and is being incorporated into today's medical science and psychotherapy. 

"I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
Galileo Galilei, astronomer
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Life Coaching

Examination of basic life factors that influence motivation and well-being, including daily structure, recreational pursuits, time/financial/vocational management, relationship factors, the general dynamics of environment, and that ultimate question-"Who am I?"

General Symptom Management & Education

Aid in learning how to be functional in your life despite certain problems that may remain necessarily ongoing. Sometimes seeing a problem with increased understanding feels like its own solution, and this basic form of counseling can also be helpful when loved ones are included in becoming better educated about your personal challenges.

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