My own health crisis was a catalyst for change. I had the opportunity to reflect on my own life and chose a career in which I could flourish and grow despite my physical limitations. After over 20 years in healthcare as a massage therapist, energy worker studying indigenous and holistic medicine, and as a medical and psychiatric nurse (RN, CWOCN), I received my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Certificate in Ecopsychology, and Certification in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (CDBT). I am a Nationally Board Certified Counselor. Through counseling I weave together my diverse skills and many years of experience in patient care to provide safe, client-centered, and compassionate counseling services.
My theoretical orientation is Rogerian, Ecopsychological, and Dialectical Behavioral. This Rogerian foundation places unconditional positive regard for all clients in the highest priority, and views clients in relationship to themselves, others, and the natural world. I use Ecotherapy techniques grounded in Analytical Psychotherapy and Systems Theory including but not limited to: experiential activities to connect and build reciprocal relationships with nature, mindfulness techniques, incorporating narrative activities such as journaling, art, creative activities, energy work, body/mind interventions, and symbolic gestures/ritual that resonate with your belief system. I use DBT to establish a core of mindfulness-based and cognitive-based skills, self-care, and coping strategies. I utilize Judith Herman's groundbreaking Trauma and Recovery Model and the Duluth Model for victim's of domestic violence, which empower victim's and serve to non-judgmentally provide a solid foundation for various trauma interventions.
I use a person-centered, holistic approach, and am always learning new treatment modalities. We will be partners in discovering the work you feel is needed to create the changes you would like to see in your life. There are many ways in which the natural world can be a catalyst for change; the possibilities for supporting your healing process are endless and unique to every person.