I provide a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems and emotional challenges. I believe that using a strengths-based approach to therapy enables one to better handle the challenges of life.
As a mother of 5 adult children and grandmother of 11, I have always enjoyed working with children. Incorporating play therapy in my practice has been a life-long goal. Play therapy helps children, teens, adults and families to express their emotions, improve communication and solve problems. I have found that children have a natural ability to express their feelings and resolve conflicts through play. Teens benefit from play therapy because it allows them to deal with issues in a less threatening way. Both children and teens are able to explore feelings through music, art, sand tray and imaginary play. However, people of all ages can benefit from play therapy.
“Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit.”
~ Alfred Adler
“In the play therapy experience, toys are like a child’s words. Play is the child’s language.”
~ Garry Landruth
“1 in 5 US children and teens have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.”
~ American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Are your relationships filled with conflict, pain, and frustration? Are you feeling depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed with the challenges in your life? Individual counseling can help you to develop healthy coping skills, build self-esteem, and improve your quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone. It could be time to seek therapy if an issue causes distress or interferes with your daily life and well-being. I will provide a safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment to express your concerns, thoughts, and feelings.
“You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you.”
~ Zig Ziglar
“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”
~ Tony Robbins
“2/3 of people in the US with a diagnosable mental illness never seek treatment.”
Couples and Family Therapy
I believe that participation in couples therapy can help a couple understand their relationship patterns, communication problems and personality differences. Couples therapy can resolve a current problem, prevent a buildup of problems or simply tune up your marriage. The goal of family therapy is to help family members identify how specific behaviors affect others, learn new ways of relating to each other and open new lines of communication. I can provide guidance to couples and families who are dealing with issues that affect their mental health. I have realized it is never too late or too early to reconnect with your loved ones.
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”
~ Anthony Brandt
“The average couple waits 6 years before seeking help for marital problems.”
~ J.M. Gottman
Geriatric therapy is helpful in assisting individuals and families to understand the aging process including chronic and terminal diseases. Throughout my career as a licensed clinician, I have provided mental health counseling to senior citizens in hospitals, outpatient facilities, care facilities, hospice, and home health settings. I enjoy working with the senior population as well as their care providers. The senior population is often overlooked and under-served.
“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”
~ Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
“Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.”
~ World Health Organization
I currently provide telehealth therapy via phone or computer by expanding access to care for everyone. Telehealth can be convenient for the busiest of clients without the wait. Teletherapy allows mental health treatment at home without the risk of spreading infection during turbulent times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Telehealth leaves us with no excuse to find the help we need -for body and soul- no matter where in the world you are.”
~ Eric Hall
“Results show that 66 percent of Americans are willing to use telehealth.”
~ American Well