Counseling can take on a number of different forms, but essentially, I see it as a process of promoting change. Change is hard, but you don’t have to go it alone. What would you like to change? Whether it is reducing mental health symptoms, building a better understanding of self, coping with major life challenges, or promoting meaningful growth. I consider myself lucky to help clients with their unique goals for change. I strive to avoid any rigid shoulds or should-nots, and instead hope to help you with change that is right for you and that is consistent with your values. Most importantly, I hope to provide a sense of safety and acceptance when we are working together.
I take a therapeutic stance consistent with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am most experienced in ACT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches but am happy to incorporate other strategies when appropriate. My primary clinical interests include: PTSD and trauma related concerns, mood and anxiety disorders, identify formation, coping with major life stressors, and existential concerns.
To keep me going in this line of work, I find comfort in spending time with family and my Labrador Retriever. I enjoy various outdoor activities such as hiking and camping (especially when my dog is included). I love to dabble in arts and crafts, including wood working and wood carving. I am also an amateur bonsai enthusiast and have found that the philosophy and theory of this practice contributes to my appreciation for working as a therapist – after all, it’s all about change.