Our Team of Clinicians
I pride myself on my ability to work with persons in a supportive and encouraging setting. I strongly believe in each persons potential and ability to make changes and create happiness. I hold a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and will meet you at 1st Priority Institute for Better Living where the atmosphere is cheerful and hopeful; optimistic for a better tomorrow:).
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Feeling/thinking that your coping skills no longer serve you, alone, out of control, helpless, hopeless, having trouble in your relationship, etc? I’d love to provide support to you, your family, you & your partner, or your child along the way while you work in concert to find the root of the “problem” that is manifesting itself in the symptoms that you're experiencing. I'm, to the utmost, passionate about helping people. I foster a safe environment that's entirely non-judgmental where you can feel free to express yourself. I truly believe that a healthy counseling relationship is instrumental in promoting growth and happiness.
Looking to move past your past? Suffering from Trauma? EMDR can change behaviors and reduce feelings, triggers quickly. I have 20 years in the caring field and I found it is not uncommon as human beings that when we suffer a traumatic event or life stressors our entire world unravels as well. My passion is to help you get your life back on track, heal, and be emotionally whole. I assist my clients to gain insight into their unhealthy behaviors and learn new ones. I use the Gottman method of communication for couples and individuals. I understand the happy and the painful side of relationships.
I want to meet you where you are on your journey, and allow you the space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a safe, supportive atmosphere. I work from a space of empathy, kindness, and compassion for the difficulties life may throw at you. I believe in your ability to create change, and live a happy, fulfilling life. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I welcome the opportunity to meet you at 1st Priority Institute for Better Living.
You have taken the first step to creating the most fulfilling life possible. It can be difficult to create change when life feels as if it is a whirlwind. As a counselor, I am here to help you make sense of your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. I will work alongside you to help you facilitate the changes you would like to make, as well as achieve the goals you set for yourself. As you begin a journey of change, I can use my experience to help you discover the tools and skills you need to have a successful journey.
The power to change and the ability to heal are within every person, sometimes blocked or hidden. I want to help you find your motivation to make the changes you. The creation of our therapeutic relationship is one of the most important reasons for success in therapy. The benefit of just being able to talk to and feel heard by an empathetic person is key to the need to connect and feel safe with others, especially after loss. Together, we can acknowledge the different parts of you which help and prevent your higher inner self from being in charge. We can use ways to get all your brain and body to work together to adaptively resolve adverse experiences and traumas.
As a professional sounding board our therapeutic relationship can be used to prevent automatic thinking errors from creating anxiety. Through this we can create a positive spiral up out of depression through exploring how the mind works with the body and ways to improve interpersonal relationships with others.
In short, we can tailor an integrated approach to meet your unique needs.
I pull from a myriad of therapeutic modes and techniques and also offer EMDR. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I’ve worked as a park ranger, wild lands firefighter, union airline gate agent, deputy district attorney, family court advisor (CFI) regarding child development and child best interests, and parenting coach. I am passionate about: my family– my wife, children, and grandchildren who range from 2 to 11; our very chill 13 year old golden retriever rescue; travel; being outside; swimming; walking; cycling; camping; and, neurobiology. If you want to know more about me, just let me know. I would be honored to work alongside you in your upward journey.
Seeking out a new therapist can be a daunting task, but I am here to help! I value compassion, empathy and kindness throughout the therapeutic process, and I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. I believe all clients have the ability to create positive change within their lives, and my job as a counselor is to facilitate that change.
I draw from a wide range of theoretical perspectives in order to address your emotional and psychological needs, and each of my clients receives individualized treatment. Whether you are working through trauma, managing symptoms of an existing mental illness, or having a hard time adjusting to a recent life change, I am here to support you.