Therapy provides a safe space for clients to develop skills needed to lead better lives. I follow an eclectic approach to therapy. I tend to use a mix of person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems. I help clients explore their feelings in an environment filled with empathy, respect and nonjudgment. However, I also challenge clients to recognize and identify negative thought patterns that make life more problematic. We work together to change thought patterns and create new, productive coping strategies that ignite positive life transformation. We are all unique and come from different backgrounds, carrying our personal family history. In therapy it’s important to recognize how our past as well as family dynamics can contribute to our current situations. Education and learning are power. If we take time in therapy to explore how we developed into the person we are, we can evolve into a better version of ourselves. As a therapist facilitating that developmental process is my main goal and hope for my clients.
My Professional Background
I have worked in counseling and social services for many years in various settings such as schools, counseling agencies, telehealth and nonprofits. My scope of work ranges from working with young children struggling with developmental or learning problems to clients in late adulthood coping with aging and retirement. Throughout my career I have helped people copping with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, school/work conflicts, learning disabilities, body image, substance abuse and many other conflicts. I most recently have been providing telehealth counseling and conducting psychoeducational groups promoting positive self-esteem and strong identities in adolescents.
Education, Training, and Certifications
- University of Arizona B.A. Psychology, Minor Family Studies
- Masters in Counseling, University of Phoenix
- Alternative Learning Training for Dyslexia Intervention
I am an avid exerciser. I believe movement is therapeutic. I especially enjoy running, cycling and Barre classes. I love animals, being outside and the arts. In my free time I enjoy spending time my husband our two daughters, dog Berhta and 3 Cats!