I believe that each person has internal strengths, knowledge, and resources that can be used to facilitate change given appropriate motivation and support. I believe thoughts, beliefs, and feelings play a strong role in how we approach, react, and view situations in life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the approach I often utilize in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, EMDR, Behavioral Skills Training, Structured Parent Training, and Collaborative Problem Solving to help modify thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors in order to facilitate positive changes in a person’s life and help them reach their goals. Each person, by learning and applying new strategies and information, can have a healthier, more productive lifestyle.
I completed my BA degree in Psychology from the University of Anchorage Alaska in 1997 and a MA in Counseling Psychology in 2002 from Pacific University. I have worked in a residential treatment setting in a variety of positions over the last 21 years, including residential counselor, case manager and mental health therapist. In my role as a therapist, I provided family, group, and individual counseling services for 13 years. Presenting concerns that I have experience working with include mood disorders, impulse control, substance use, trauma, attachment, and developmental concerns. I have training and experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Collaborative Problem-Solving, Mindfulness, and a variety of other interventions.
I offer individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. I provide family therapy services, parent skills training, and reunification services.
You can expect to enter a relationship based on empathy, compassion, respect, and caring. I utilize a strength-based, collaborative approach to help clients reach their goals and obtain emotional stability, increased self-confidence, and positive self-esteem. My wish for my clients is that they experience themselves as capable of overcoming life’s challenges and thriving.
I generally work with ages 10 and up. I have seen tremendous growth and change during this critical period of time when children develop into young adults. I believe that this period of time is often challenging to families and is further complicated with life stressors, change, and trauma.
During our first meeting we will discuss both your concerns and the concerns of your teen. We will address issues of confidentiality, privacy, and the level of parental involvement required based on presenting concerns. Throughout therapy I collaboratively work with clients so that they feel empowered to find their voice and have the confidence to communicate with others in a healthy manner.
Yes, I believe everyone can benefit from therapy services regardless of age. Life’s challenges and traumas impact us at any age. I believe we continue to grow and learn throughout our life.