Providing professional counseling for caregivers of elder parents as well as psychotherapy for adults and adolescents.
My practice focus includes:
- Caregiver burnout
- Aging and the elderly
- Autism spectrum disorder and special needs
- Child and adult survivors of abuse and neglect
- Stress from depression or anxiety
- Career and life transitions
- Grief and loss
My practice also includes a special focus on art therapy
In my practice of art therapy clients use the creative process to explore their feelings, build self-esteem, reconcile emotional conflicts, manage behavior, develop social skills, and improve reality orientation.
The power inherent in the creation of art is the art maker’s ability to learn and experience oneself on a new and deeper level. Not all clients come to me for art therapy, but it is always available if and when the mood strikes.
When you’re a family member’s primary caregiver, it’s easy to forget about your own needs, putting yourself at serious risk of stress related disorders. If you find you’re overwhelmed and angry, you can’t eat or you eat too much, you’re exhausted even after a night’s sleep, your brain is foggy and you no longer care about the things that used to bring you joy, you suffer emotional or physical exhaustion, you are at risk of being an ineffective caregiver. Counseling can help you make the choices that will free you to be at your best for your loved one.
Aging and the elderly
Aging is not a disorder. For many, aging is treated as just that, a disorder. Speaking with a counselor can help turn this next stage in life’s journey into a rewarding and fulfilling experience. For those suffering from the psychological effects of early stage Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, professional counseling can help you or your loved one stay focused on the joys of daily living.
Autism spectrum disorder and special needs
Art therapy is often part of my work with individuals suffering from Autism or Asperger’s, as well as those with physical and mental impairments. The language of art can be a means of making direct personal connections with a larger world.
Child and adult survivors of abuse and neglect
When a person of authority compels another, particularly a child, to engage in an unwanted sexual activity that child may grow into an adult engulfed by symptoms of guilt and self-blame, insomnia, and fear of things associated with the abuse. Coming forward and speaking your truth may be the hardest step you’ll ever take, but the road to transcendence comes only with that first step.
Stress from depression or anxiety
Depression based stress can lead to loss of sleep or disturbance of normal sleep patterns, such as excessive sleeping. Anxiety symptoms may include obsessive thoughts or behaviors, avoidance of situations or objects, difficulty with decision making, and an undefined worry.
The symptoms of depression and anxiety may include loss of appetite, problems with sleep or concentration, feelings of guilt, hopelessness, or emptiness. There are many avenues for removing stress from your life, counseling can be the first step to adding these elements into your life.
Career and life transitions
Career and life transitions, whether they are forced upon you or a natural occurrence of life, can result in feelings of sadness, discontent, and even anger. Therapy can help you through these changes and regain your balance and your self-esteem.
When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. But, for some the fear doesn’t end with the threat. With post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), individuals often feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger. Sufferers lives are often in disarray. Emotional instability may be exhibited. Trouble with health, relationships, and finances can run unchecked. Counseling can help you get to the root causes of these symptoms and help you achieve a greater balance in life.