I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well. I have experience working with all ages, from 2 years old to 100+, including individuals, families and couples.
My favorite part about being a counselor is helping clients to see a different perspective which allows them to be more compassionate toward themselves. These shifts in thinking almost always bring emotional and mental relief with them and seeing a someone have a "lightbulb moment" is one great joy of being a counselor.
How flexible they are and how they work with my schedule.
I like to have a brief consultation with a new client (about 15 minutes) to see if I would be a good fit for them. I ask about him/her, about the reasons for seeking counseling and how I can help them. During an initial session, there is some paperwork to get done, but I like to focus on what my client's goals are for therapy and great a roadmap for how we can get there.
I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well. I have a strong background in CBT and Family Systems-focused therapy. Additionally, I am also CPR/First Aid certified.
Currently, I charge $60 for an individual session and $80 for a couple/family session.
I decided to become a counselor while sitting on an airfield in Afghanistan, reading Dr. Chapman's The Five Love Languages. I was so moved by the ability to help someone shift their focus and learn new things about themselves that could so radically improve their quality of life.
I have experience with all ages, from children/adolescents with behavioral difficulties, adults with stress/anxiety/self-medicating issues, all the way to older adults with advanced dementia.
I would have to say the birth of my daughter is an event of which I am incredibly fond. Like many mothers will attest, the moment I met her was filled with relief and magic. Having my husband there and my family waiting outside to meet her, it was such an incredible experience.
Find someone who you "click" with, NOT necessarily someone who says what you want to hear. Having a good, strong, trusting relationship with one's therapist is the cornerstone of maintaining positive changes and continuing in therapy.
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