“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place where you think you’ve been buried, you’ve actually been planted.”-Christine Caine
Often people come to individual counseling feeling stuck in entrenched, painful patterns they’re convinced they can’t change.
No matter what’s happened in your life up to this point or how long you’ve been struggling, it’s never too late to make a change. It takes courage to open yourself up to new possibilities, but it’s worth it in order to achieve a happier life.
We can’t do this journey by ourselves. True transformation almost always happens with the help of another person.
Counseling is about the healing power of relationships. It’s a collaborative relationship based on unconditional support and respect. Together, we’ll make a plan designed to meet your individual needs and help you achieve whatever personal goal you’re striving for. We’ll work to help you understand your unique story and how it shapes how you currently operate. Then we’ll work on helping you gain new perspectives and new skills to use in your everyday life.
I work with a variety of populations ranging from children to adults.
I work with children dealing with:
- Sadness and depression
- Worry and anxiety
- Anger and disruptive behaviors
- Adjustments to major life changes (moving, changing schools, new sibling, remarriage, accidents, etc.)
- Friendship concerns
- School difficulty (academic pressure, poor grades, etc.)
- Grief and loss
I also work with adolescents. In addition to the list of issues above, adolescents are more likely to struggle with self-esteem issues. Because the tasks required of them at the middle and high school level are different, they will typically need more help learning to manage their time, coping with pressure and high expectations, and making decisions about their future. Adolescents also need to learn communication skills to help them navigate this time.
I also see adults dealing with:
- Women’s issues
- Grief and loss
- Relationship difficulty
- Anger issues
- Adjusting to major life changes
- Work and career issues
- Self-esteem issues
My first priority in working with clients is creating a relationship built on trust and mutual respect. The connection between counselor and client is the most important factor in any counseling relationship. We will then explore the problems that brought you into counseling and discuss what you’re hoping to get out of the experience.
In our work together, we’ll examine all angles of your presenting problem and look for things that have been subtly reinforcing the problem or keeping you stuck. We’ll also spend time pinpointing your specific strengths. We’ll use those strengths to develop solutions that will bring you closer to your goal. If you are dealing with stressors that are beyond your control, we can still work to bring you relief by focusing on what you can control in a given situation.