About me

My Story
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I came from a family who ingrained in me the value of contributing to my community.  So in my youth and adult years, I served as a hospital volunteer, lifeguard, girl scout (with a slew of badges!), homeless shelter and county library volunteer.  At age 13, I dropped my Spanish class to assist disadvantaged children in learning to read (in hindsight, we all know I should have stuck with Spanish class).  

 I have been a psychotherapist since 1990.  I am a LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor), a LCAS-A (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate), and a CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional). While in graduate school, I became a scientist practitioner in style.  I use research based evidence to be most effective with my clientsThe MBA classes I elected to take during that time have proven to be a great pairing with my clinical skills.

 

I believe that creating a space that feels emotionally safe, accepting, and respectful is paramount in establishing a counselor-client relationship. I work in a collaborative fashion with my clients to address their goals and wishes. You already possess attributes, resiliency, and positive beliefs that we can identify and enhance together--as you make changes you would like to make to have a happier life.

Life can be summed up in this way:

"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run"

Lyrics to "The Gambler"  written by Don Schlitz and sung (of course) by Kenny Rogers


* This is a metaphor for life.  I am not condoning, promoting or condemning the act of gambling.  If you think you have a gambling problem (or someone has told you that you have one) please call Gambler's Anonymous at 1-800-522-4700.  I do not treat gambling issues as they are outside my scope of practice.