The core value of my practice is to assist individuals, couples or families root out the cause of their problem and treat it holistically, integrating all aspects of the individual, rather than simply treating the symptoms. I believe effective therapy is so much more than what happens in the office. The place in which counseling occurs and what you do between sessions are important factors in the process.
I provide compassionate and effective psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Therapy is a collaborative process and will be tailored to your particular needs and goals. I aim to provide compassionate counseling that will guide, rather than push. I have received specialized training in the areas of child development, parenting difficult child behaviors, effective treatments for anxiety and depression (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), effective treatment for postpartum depression and anxiety, and trauma informed care. My formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy.
I also am a wife and mother of two and believe that life experience is one of the best forms of education. I enjoy hiking our beautiful mountains, playing with my kids, and have a passion for healthy food.
This foundation of formal education and training coupled with real life experience makes me a uniquely qualified therapist to help you through your journey of healing and growth.
Parenting & Family Therapy:
Parenting is difficult and we do our best, but sometimes guidance and coaching from a professional can make a big difference. Counseling can help to address and decrease unwanted behaviors your child(ren) may be doing, such as: defiance (not listening), tantrums, acting out and aggression. If your child has special needs, counseling can be very helpful in navigating this unique experience. It also can help improve parent-child relationships and bonding. Parents typically experience an improvement in their own feelings and relationship as a result of parent coaching as well. I welcome and work with families of all sizes and types.
Depression is a very common experience and represents the most common cause of disability in adults. Depression can look different in different people and can exist at various intensities. Depression often develops in response to life events (past or present), and can be a result of physiological sources in the body and brain (i.e. hormones, genetics).
Some symptoms of depression include: Lack of motivation / Difficulty making decisions / Low self-esteem and negative self-talk / Feelings of guilt / Irritability / Sleep and/or appetite disruptions / Thoughts of harming oneself / Physical pains in the body. Symptoms can go beyond what is listed here and are experienced uniquely in each individual.
Anxiety is a natural response to internal or environmental stressors. We all experience anxiety and it is essential to survival and success. However, when we experience anxiety too much and too often, it can become a problem and interfere with our lives, work, and relationships.
Some symptoms of anxiety can include: Excessive worrying / Restlessness and difficulty concentrating / Problems with decision making / Difficulty sleeping / Recurring and intrusive thoughts / Irrational fears / Physical pains in the body / Digestive problems / Shortness of breath. Symptoms can go beyond what is listed here. Anxiety looks different and is experienced uniquely for each individual.
Many mothers experience postpartum depression (PPD) and/or postpartum anxiety, and most experience some form of baby blues. Adoptive mothers, mothers who have miscarried or have stillbirths also can be affected by PPD. While PPD is the name we give this experience within 6 months of having a child, many mothers continue feeling depressed well after.
Fathers can experience depression and anxiety after having a child (or children) as well. As with mothers, depression and anxiety can continue well beyond the first months of adjusting to parenthood and can be experienced after adopting a child or a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Common symptoms include: Crying often for no apparent reason / Feeling panicky / Feeling constantly tired (most new parents do feel tired often, but if you feel tired and low energy even after getting rest, there may be something else going on) / Worrying excessively about your own or the baby’s health / Having a lack of feeling for the baby (not feeling like you are bonding as you thought you would) / Having problems concentrating (zoning out, day dreaming, can’t concentrate) / Having frightening thoughts or fantasies / Feeling an overwhelming sense of loss (of freedom, self, identity, partner relationship, a past life, etc.) Difficulties in marriage/relationship / Constant or near-constant worry that can’t be eased / Feelings of dread about things you fear will happen / Sleep disruption (yes, this is a hard one to pick out, since a newborn means your sleep will be disrupted even without having anxiety — but think of this as waking up or having trouble sleeping at times when your baby’s sleeping peacefully) / Racing thoughts / While these feelings and experiences may be common, that does not mean they are easy to cope with.