"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

My approach with clients begins with the foundation that I am truly excited about you and your journey.  I strive to be an attentive listener and to work with you to discover who you are and what you need.  Life can be difficult, painful, and confusing (or, at times, just not that great).  Through acknowledgment and understanding, these feelings can become less acute, and give way to more positive, nourishing, and self-fulfilling ways of being.  If life is just not feeling that great for you right now, we can find what lies beneath this.

Here are some things that we might work on together:

  • Developing a sense of inherent self-worth that comes from within and is not reliant on external factors
  • Protecting yourself through the use of healthy boundaries while at the same time being open to connecting with others
  • Trusting yourself and your intuition
  • Self-compassion; holding yourself with gentle, positive regard
  • Recognizing areas where you did not receive what you needed as a child or teen, so that you can be the functional adult in your own life
  • Finding the places and things that calm you so you can move into a less-triggered state and execute better decision-making
  • Recognizing how you have suppressed your own needs, so that you can better attend to them and show up for yourself
  • Releasing perfectionism and embracing your humanity; and in doing so, finding joyfulness again
  • Processing past trauma through the use of EMDR so that you can feel safer, more calm, and less reactive in the moment; frankly, so you can just feel more like yourself

* Much of this is derived from the "Healing Our Core Issues" model developed by Jan Bergstrom, M.Ed, LMHC, SEP and Dr. Rick Butts, LPCC-S, SEP.