My goal is to assist you in discovering, understanding, and creating your best life.

"Just when the caterpillar

thought the world was over,

it became a butterfly."

~Anonymous

"Hope is the passion for what is possible."

  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome.  As a licensed professional counselor, with more than 17 years of experience, I am committed to providing clients with an encouraging, knowledgeable and non-judgmental environment in order to help individuals connect with their genuine selves, develop understanding of their process, and embrace the richness of their lives.

My practice focuses on individuals and families who desire to move beyond personal and interpersonal challenges that have limited them in the past so that they may begin to live in a manner that focuses on healing and living well.  The dismantling of old protective barriers that had formerly been essential to psychic survival but have since become ineffective and confining, opens the way to a rejuvenated sense of possibility and potently creative energy.  This liberating and transformative process is exemplified in the image of a butterfly that I use to represent my practice. 

 

Specialties

Addiction/

Recovery

Struggles and successes

Drug and alcohol dependence causes a variety of symptoms that creates an increased risk for disease, injury, and death.  Recovery from addiction can include a variety of behavior based therapies and practices, as well as psychiatric interventions in a significant number of cases.   Lifestyle adjustments and long-term treatment plans and support programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), help to support the recovery process.  The path to recovery is a process and often requires more than one attempt to enhance understanding, avoid triggers, and improve resilience against relapse.

Trauma

Visible and invisible

Trauma is a result of a distressing or life-threatening event that results in anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, sadness, pain, sleep disruption, and self-esteem issues.  These emotions are sometimes masked to others but the integration of the trauma through understanding and actions reposition it to become one facet of life instead of a focal point.

Addictive

Family Systems

Addiction and relationships

In an addictive family system, everyone gets the disease, but the symptoms vary for each member.  The person in the role of the identified addict, the one who engages in the most concretely recognizable behavior (drinking, drug use, gambling, etc.), is typically seen as "the problem."  There is an unspoken belief that if that person would just STOP and get well, the problem would be solved.  But often when the addict gets help and begins to recover, the rest of the family is disrupted.  The behavioral symptoms that affect other members are more insidious and harder to see as a destructive force.  But there is hope in the experience of many who have been willing to seek therapeutic help and begin to embrace a recovery process of their own. 

PTSD

Mind/body memory

Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often experience crippling anxiety without notable triggers, nightmares, sleep disruption, and hypervigilant fight-flight response that causes the brain to process stimuli incorrectly for the situation.  PTSD occurs following an extremely stressful event such as physical violence, sexual assault, or military combat. Effective trauma treatment results in a lessoning of PTSD symptoms.

Postpartum Fathers

Overjoyed and overwhelmed

Postpartum Depression is often associated with mothers, though new fathers are also at risk.  According to the Mayo Clinic summary of Postpartum depression on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, new dads with a history of depression, financial problems, or relationship difficulties are at increased risk of postpartum depression.  Symptoms that start during the pregnancy of a partner or within the first year after the birth of a child should be discussed with a professional.  Some of the same treatment that supports postpartum mothers also support paternal postpartum symptoms.

Anxiety

Projection and presence

General Anxiety Disorder is excessive or chronic worry that sometimes appears first during childhood as a response to environment or genetic predisposition.  Different types of anxiety include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and PTSD.  Often anxiety operates in tandem with depression. A textured approach to treatment can assist individuals in mitigating the effects of anxiety.

Trauma, PTSD, and Anxiety definitions are paraphrased from those provided by Psychology Today at www.psychologytoday.com retrieved
June 22, 2019.  Addiction, Recovery, Family Systems, and Postpartum Fathers information was obtained from the U.S. Library of Medicine
at medlineplus.gov website and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) website retrieved on July 1, 2019.