I would like to offer you additional insight into my background, my values, how I practice and my sincere beliefs about the therapeutic process.
What determines the success of therapy, in large part, is the human connection between the client and therapist. I've always believed in the importance of selecting a therapist not only on their experience but your instinctive reactions to them.
I am a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I have volunteered with Our House, a grief and support center, the San Fernando Valley Counseling Center, Empowering the Youth of Today, the Warschaw Learning Institute, The Indian Health Services at their Reno Convention, and other private and non-profit organizations. I value giving back to my community.
In addition to working with clients in private practice, I have consulted with small businesses and organizations and facilitated team building retreats on managing stress and improving communication skills.
I lead Mother/Daughter and Womens retreats. Journaling, vision boards, movement to access the mind/body connection, and drumming enhances the relationship between ourselves and others. Self expression, celebration, and creativity, improves our emotional and physical health, and promotes personal growth.
My goal is to help you clarify your most significant concerns and to develop more helpful coping skills in all your relationships. Life consists of transitions (beginnings and endings), and in this sense personal exploration is a lifelong process. When our work together has stopped, solo therapy continues as you feel more empowered and confident in your ability to solve your problems. I strongly believe that as you learn to trust your reactions and feelings, including your physical reactions to various challenging situations, it is possible to be your own guide.
"It's never too late to be what you might have been" ~ George Eliot, 19th Century British Writer
My goal as a psychotherapist is to be a compassionate, supportive, guiding light for individuals who have experienced loss in its many forms, helping them to understand it, reach a comfort level with it, and move beyond it.