I believe that therapy is a collaborative process starting with the the client and their strengths. My approach is empathetic and compassionate along with a good dose of humor when appropriate. I start where the client is and help them move towards their goals.
Success is determined by the client. Self-awareness, positive gains and utilization of healthy coping skills and increased life satisfaction are key. A client feeling more hopeful, reporting more positive experiences and thanking me is a sign. A baseline assessment can be developed to help monitor progress.
Therapy doesn't have to be this big deal or scary. It is relating to someone in a safe space who is there to help you get what you want and need. This is a no judgement zone. Where else can you find that?
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Distress stems from a subjective perception of something being unwanted, undesirable, or detrimental to your wellbeing. Excessive stress significantly impairs mental and physical health and is associated with many diseases and conditions.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Sexuality Based Issues
Sexuality refers to habits and preferences in terms of sexual behavior, which people express in many ways. Issues in this area may be related to confusion or distress about sexuality or sexual identity.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
NC, LCSW, C004261
MSW, Clinical concentration, Michigan State University
Don't just settle for surviving. You can learn to thrive! I moved from Michigan to NC in 2002 after realizing that sunshine and warmer climates were essential to my quality of life. I believe I have a unique trifecta of 33 years combining my clinical, clinical educator and Yoga Teacher hats to work with the whole person. I have been providing therapeutic services for adults with mental health challenges who want a better quality of life for themselves and their loved ones. I teach coping skills to benefit the client and to model for those they care about. I also help students and adults: Relax, breathe and be mindful, empower themselves, learn emotional regulation, increase mental, physical and emotional well-being, develop confidence and increase motivation for success.
50 Fearrington Post, Pittsboro, 27312, NC