Too often I have heard clients say they are waiting for their life to get better or be what they want instead of accepting their life now and embracing who they are. Once you accept your life, you can move past misery and pain, discomfort and issues from the past. I focus on who you are NOW and what needs to happen to live the life you want.
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” –Brene’ Brown
I utilize humor in my treatment in a down-to-earth style of being very real and directive. My goal is to recognize your strengths and work with your personality. This approach allows me to challenge your unhealthy patterns of behavior and help you to change your life. I will call you on your behaviors that are allowing you to continue in the cycle of frustration. I will help you to change your perspective.
One of my client told me, “I love how you never tell me to do things I wouldn’t do, like yoga or journal.” I told the client, “No, because I know that is not you. You would not do those things and I am not going to suggest something that wouldn’t be realistic for you. But, I did tell the client I saw before you to do both of those things, because that IS what she would do.” My work style has been described by others as warm, compassionate, insightful, intuitive, energizing, and non-judgmental.
I have always had a desire to go into private practice (since watching Dr. Seaver on Growing Pains) and began pursuing that opportunity days after graduating from my Master’s program. After years of experience as a clinician working directly with clients since 2002 and acting as Site Supervisor at List Psychological Services for over four years, those dreams have come to fruition. I have spent these years expanding my education and learning anything possible to help my clients.
I have frequently told my clients that I work with anyone for any issue. I really enjoy the challenges of working with a college student with anxiety, then an adult struggling with a Substance use disorder, and then a couple with communication problems. I focus on the client’s best interest and I love what I do and feel privileged and honored to share the journey of change with my clients.
I also have experience working with groups for children and adults. I have facilitated groups for individuals with a variety of issues, diagnoses, and challenges. Several years ago, I developed and facilitated the Self-Development Therapy Group, specializing in relationships, self-esteem and stress management, putting together some of my favorite issues to treat.
Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
Tri-County Association of Psychotherapists
National Association of Social Workers
Providing treatment with areas of Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Self-Esteem Issues, Energy Therapy, Metaphysics
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