My approach to therapy is to create a safe and supportive environment where we can concentrate on time limited, skills focused, solution oriented, and goal inspired plans.
Areas of Focus:
• Chemical Dependency
• All Ages, Couples, and Family Therapy
Approach & Style:
• Client Centered Therapy
• Talk Therapy
• Eco Therapy
• Solution-Focused Therapy
• Internal Family Systems
• Career Counseling
• B.S. in Health Sciences from Cal State East Bay
• M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University
We use behavioral therapies, such as, CBT and DBT, to develop lasting strategies for effective relationships and a more meaningful life. We explore the strengths within you as you connect to nature as a source of healing and use the power of walking, other movement, mindfulness, music, and meditation practices to enhance one’s vitality.
For more than thirty years, I have had the opportunity to assist seniors, adults, adolescents, children, and families with making positive changes using a variety of skills to treat difficulties of depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, the effects of chemical dependency, disabilities and the impact on employment, domestic violence, and grief or loss.
Because of my own success in healing, over the years I have gravitated towards the helping professions. Hence, my experience includes the use of many treatment modalities to achieve health in clients in a variety of clinical environments. I worked as a Mental Health Worker where I case-managed adolescents and adults residing in a residential monitored behavioral health and Chemical Dependency hospital program. For many years (20), I worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation (Career) Counselor working with adults and adolescents with severe disabilities to obtain and retain employment. I worked at a Domestic Violence Shelter where I counseled individuals and groups effected by domestic violence. A few years ago I became a California Certified Naturalist where I developed a program teaching mindfulness meditation stress reduction techniques to participants while hiking on public lands during regular organized events.
Therapy can also include utilizing diary cards, career exploration, journaling, and art, puppet, sand tray, and group therapies for recovery and healing.
In sessions we discuss progress, how to overcome barriers to success, and embrace challenges as a tool towards change.
Let’s meet to discover how you can use these skills to gain insight, awareness, and make the changes you are seeking.