I realize that no two people are the same and as such tailor my therapy to meet your specific needs of my clients. I provide counseling support for adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, life changes, and relationship issues. I have experience in administering testing batteries for psychological evaluations. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue, I will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths and discover a way to see things a different, healthier way. My overall focus is working with people who are overcoming psychological difficulties in life. I have 20 years of experience in counseling and believe that given non-judgemental support and positive regard, people can heal and find their own wisdom to choose their way
One of my passions is helping older adults who may have difficulty with the transitions of aging to manage their emotions, find new sources of enjoyment and meaning, and find new support systems. I work with people to help them face their fears of death, if they have such fears, and deal with grief as friends and family members pass on. Family or individual therapy can also assist family members who may be caretakers of their elder relatives, as it can assist them in dealing with their emotions and communication.
Aging is a natural process that may present challenges for some individuals and their families. Although many older adults look forward to moving from middle age into their later years, it may be difficult for others to adjust. All adults may experience health issues and stresss as they approach and pass middle age, and the support of a counselor or mental health professional may help ease the transition.
Many older adults also enter therapy to seek treatment for mental health issues not related to aging, in higher numbers than they did in the past. This appears to be due to the fact that attitudes pertaining to mental health issues have begun to change as awareness increases. Many older adults grew up in a time when mental illness was stigmatized and when all mental issues faced by seniors were written off as aging or dementia. But now, therapy is considered by many older adults as a form of treatment, and research shows that seniors are often more serious about therapy, realizing that their time is limited, and that they tend to obtain results more quickly than younger people do. When counseling seniors I can help them address issues from childhood or early adulthood; current life adjustments; and issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, or family concerns, among others.
I have twice hiked 100 miles sections of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, have practiced yoga for 20 years and have taught for 8 years. I have loved to read all my life and always have a collection of books in progress.