I am on the provider panels for the following insurance plans:
Tricare, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, United Behavioral Health, Magellan, United Health Care, Cigna, Cigna Behavioral Health, Medcost, and Value Options.

Individual Treatment for Adults, Emerging Adults, and Adolescents

Adults -The focus of individual counseling with adults is to identify what is not working well and what to do about it. Solutions to life problems may include; resolving emotional issues, re-examining decisions, identifying ineffective patterns of communication, and expanding options for problem solving.

Emerging Adults - Emerging Adulthood, between ages 18 and 29, is an exciting and unique time of life. During this stage, there are fewer restrictions and more opportunities to explore than at any other time of life. All of this change and opportunity also comes with a great deal of pressure and stress. Focus of counseling frequently focuses on; resolving emotional issues, clarifying values, exploring options for life choices, improving communication skills, improving time management skills, expanding options for problem solving, exploring options for reducing and coping with anxiety, and improving ability to focus and concentrate.

Adolescents - the focus of counseling with adolescents is to assist teens in developing a positive identity and prepare them for emancipation. This work often includes; improving communication skills, refusal skills, anger management, problem solving skills, improving distress tolerance, and examining choices they are making in regard to their family and peer relationships.

Parent Coaching - Work with adolescents includes parent coaching. I work with parents to identify behavior management strategies for their children that are effective in teaching their teen to take responsibility for their behavior and are kind and respectful. Parents are their children’s most important teacher and my job is to support them in providing loving and effective parenting for their teenagers.

Trauma Counseling - I work with both people experiencing single incident trauma and complex trauma. I utilize a three-phase approach to working with trauma issues. The initial phase of treatment focuses on establishing safety, safety, control of symptoms, and overall improvement in coping skills. The middle phase of treatment focuses on confronting, working through, and integrating traumatic memories. The final phase of treatment focuses on continued integration, resolving grief, and personal growth. I use a variety of strategies including EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling - Addiction is a heartbreaking and debilitating disease, which left untreated will eventually isolate individuals from loving relationships and take away the ability to live productively. This disease is not curable but it is treatable. Many people have successfully learned to control this disease, live productively, and experience the love and support of their friends and family. Addiction is a bio-psycho-social disease. Recovery requires attending to all aspects of one’s life including ones physical health, coping skills, support system and spiritual belief system. Addictions result in emotional isolation and it is difficult to recover without the support of a community. I encourage participation in support groups such as 12 Step Programs, Faith Based support groups, Women For Sobriety and Rational Recovery.

Grief Counseling - Everyone experiences loss and disappointments in the course of life. Sometimes these are major losses like the loss of a significant relationship or the loss of jobs. Losses can also be the loss of hopes and dreams, a change in future plans, or the disappointment of not getting something that we want. When we don’t acknowledge our losses and disappointments, the unfinished feelings prevent us from connecting in new relationships and fully experiencing the opportunities for joy that is placed in front of us every day. Fully resolving grief creates the opportunity to be open to a new relationships and experiences with joy and creativity.

Mindfulness - Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. states in his book, Wherever You Go, There You are, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality.” Research in neuroscience has demonstrated that the human brain maintains the capacity to change, also known as neuroplasticity, over the course of the entire lifetime. The practice of Mindful Meditation has been identified as helpful in promoting neuroplasticity in ways that improve symptoms in a number of mental problems including anxiety, depression, attention related problems, and obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Couple Counseling - Maintaining the sense of love and romance in our primary relationship is one of the most challenging tasks that we face in life. We are so barraged with the mundane demands of life that it is easy to lose our sense of connection with our partner. It is easy for tension, conflict, and power struggles to take over. This can result in two people living parallel lives under the same roof, having little communication beyond what is necessary to maintain the household. The goal of couple counseling is to restore connections and communication so that we experience the sense of joy and romance that drew us to our partner to begin with.