Has your world been turned upside down drastically and left you feeling isolated or alone? Maybe your stress has been building for a while? You're not sure when it started but you no longer feel confident, secure, or in control of your own body or thoughts. Has anxiety, worry and stress robbed you of time, energy, and sleep? Do you avoid places, friendships or has even work has become a place of dread? Or, perhaps your relationships leave you tossing and turning at night, insecure, and anxious. Would you like to get things back on track? Feel more calm and grounded?
Hello there! I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who enjoys helping women, men, and couples enhance their relationships to live happier, more fulfilled lives. I offer a highly personalized and collaborative approach for those struggling with stress, anxiety, worry, marital conflict, work/life balance, and life transitions such as marriage, retirement, and professional growth. My style is gently direct focusing on solutions and goal oriented. I make people feel like our sessions are like chatting over coffee with a friend.
Anxiety robs us of time, energy, sleep and dignity. Unknowingly, you may have trained your body and mind to be anxious and you can condition them to be calm. I teach my clients how to manage physiological, cognitive, and emotional symptoms of anxiety, worry, panic, fears and stress often without medication.
I had my first panic attack as a teen and dealt with the helplessness and frustration it brings. Later getting my degrees in psychology helped me to be able to identify the contributions to my anxiety and start to understand how to master it. I began conquering my anxiety through a journey of self-reflection and analysis to develop what I now teach people when they are in their struggle with worry.
Specializing in therapy for individuals, as well as parents and spouses or caregivers, first responders & therapists, and business owners. All struggling with anxiety, stress, or worry.
Parents, Spouses & Caregivers
Relationships are so diverse in their struggles and how they try to resolve them. The truth is that getting needs met in a relationship can be difficult when we really have never learned how to do this in a loving way. I teach skills to build connection, communicate clearly and lovingly, to resolve conflicts, and learn to make choices that serve your relationship well. We can learn to speak in a loving way, in a language the other person understands, while also respecting their needs, valuing their dreams, and partnering with them for a successful relationship. Some relationships wait months and occasionally even years to get help, but those who seek help sooner find relief faster and they are always glad they did.
I am so glad you found me! I have been waiting to help you. In that time, I have served as a clinician, case supervisor, clinical supervisor, college instructor, clinical director, and program manager. You are sincerely my people to work with because our work is so important and hard! We have a tough job emotionally supporting the world around us. Many of you are also highly empathic and sensitive people who experience this work at a deeper level.
Hello tough guys and women of steel. You are absolutely the best of us, sacrificing every day for our community. Few can truly understand the daily stress you and your families are under, but after years of helping police officers, doctors, and nurses, I have a good idea of the pressure and conflicts that face you in today’s world and with the public; uniquely the stress you and your family have been under through the pandemic and recent social unrest.
My practice has focused on current and aspiring business owners for the past 6 years. The stress of business ownership is unique, often putting stress on personal, marriage and family life. Business owners particularly bear the burden of balance and self-motivation in a way different from an employee, we struggle with juggling priorities, budgets, organization, putting boundaries around our work and home, setting limits to how much we spend on both, how to use our resources of time and money efficiently and decisions about moving forward with our businesses.
Anxiety can build up over the day, weeks, and years of someone’s life and often result in a panic attack, intrusive thoughts, or compulsive habits. Symptoms like a racing heart, chest pain or tightness, struggling to breathe can send them to an emergency room, but more so it sneaks up and builds up to something that can feel unmanageable. Ongoing stomachaches, headaches and backaches could also stem from chronic anxiety. People experiencing anxiety can suffer so long and intensely with physical, emotional, and psychological pain that they start avoiding activities, conversations, people and places that they use to enjoy, often resulting in emergency room visits.
Parenting a child with ADHD
I have been providing community education and support groups for children with Attention Deficit Disorders and their caregivers since 2002. Certified in 2004, as a Parent to Parent Trainer though CHADD, certified in 2005, as an Incredible Years Parenting, Curriculum Certified Group Leader (ages 0-5), and certified in 2013 as a Core Elements Trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Disruptive Disorders.