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 clients. The 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.