Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must. But take the step” – unknown.
Maneuvering through life’s troubled waters can sometimes be overwhelming. In today’s hectic fast passed world sometimes it’s good to let your guard down, relax, and release all those emotions and troubles in a safe, comfortable environment. I am a fresh new face here ready to help you heal, explore, and gain insight into resolving any issues to live a more serene, well-balanced life.
Let me help you bring back the laughter, the confidence, and security that only someone caring and committed with comprehensive treatments designed for each individual in mind can do. I have experience in working with individuals of diverse backgrounds in all stages of life from childhood issues to adolescence to adulthood. I have assisted individuals experiencing emotional and behavioral impairments as well as those struggling with adjusting to life’s hurdles and transitioning into new beginnings.
Graduating from Michigan State University with my Masters in Social Work has given me opportunity to work in such a rewarding field allowing me to walk beside those seeking a brighter life.
- Children ages 5 & up, Adolescence, College Students, Adults
- Adjustment to Life Transitions
- Behavioral Issues
- Career Exploration & Work related stress
- Child Advocacy
- Emotional Disturbances
- Grief and Loss
- Mood Disorders
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
- Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Play Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Strengths Based Methods
Life is a journey, not meant to be travelled alone ~ Anonymous
I’ve been a Clinical Social Worker for the last decade and I have found joy working with individuals and families helping to make the above statement true. My diverse background has been an asset in this field because it has allowed me to connect and bring a different perspective to those I work with. I have worked in acute clinical settings like the ICU and stroke unit in the hospital as well as with domestic violence survivors in shelters in the area and with individuals recovering from substance abuse. My work has also included working with adolescents and families in crisis through one on one sessions, group sessions and the suicide prevention line. I’ve also worked with young children and the elderly in private practice.
My approach is to empower the people I work with using the different strength based approaches found in clinical practice.
I’ve lived in the beautiful Traverse City area for the last 20 years with my family and am proud to work in this field as we journey this life together.
Reaching out for assistance takes courage, and finding the right “fit” in a therapist is very important. I believe that we all need help from time to time, and that we deserve to be heard, honored, and respected as we sort things out and decide future directions. I strive to create a comfortable, nonjudmental atmosphere where you can express yourself, (re)discover your unique strengths and abilities, and pursue your goals.
I truly love my chosen profession and consider it my calling in life. I earned a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and have been practicing for over twenty years. Whether you are going through a particularly difficult period in your life, are seeking to better understand yourself, want to improve your relationships, and/or want to learn healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges, I would consider it an honor and a privilege to work with you!
Licensed Professional Counselor
At times life can be overwhelming and it is difficult to know where to turn for help. Circumstances may seem out of control and nothing seems to make sense. When life hands you more than you feel like you can handle, seeking help from a compassionate therapist is a wonderful option. As a therapist I offer a holistic approach, taking into account the whole person. I listen with care and compassion, offering a non-judgmental supportive environment for my clients to express their concerns. I want my clients to feel safe and secure knowing that they are being listened to and valued.
Working with clients, I help them discover ways of interacting with others, find solutions to problems that seem overwhelming, work through personal setbacks. I enjoy seeing a client become resilient when overcoming obstacles to their happiness. .
With over 10 years of experience as a therapist, I use a combination of humanistic, existential and cognitive behavioral techniques to help my clients meet their personal goals and find fulfillment in their lives. I believe that building a relationship with my clients and offering support and encouragement on their life journey will benefit them for years into the future.
I am a mother of four who has been working as a private practitioner since August 2011. I have a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University, where my focus was on addictions; sex, gambling, shopping, drug and alcohol. I also have experience and interest in depression, anxiety, gender/sex issues, anger management, eating disorders, grief, and communication/conflict issues between couples. I use Cognitive Behavioral practices to assist in your healing, as well as mindfulness and meditation. I also spend my time as a clinical director at a local rehabilitation treatment center where my focus is addiction, and healing from holistic approaches. I look forward to taking this healing journey with you.
Asking for help isn’t easy. We are typically much better at caring for others than we are for ourselves. When we’re experiencing emotional pain, it can be hard to make sense of it all and know how to work through it. Everyone experiences difficulties throughout their life, whether it’s a loss, relationship conflict, emotional struggles, troubling thoughts, life transitions, or trauma. I am here to meet you right where you are during those vulnerable times in a supportive and non-judgmental way. We will work together to help you learn and understand more about who you are and what your experiences mean to you. Feeling lost and finding your way again can feel impossible, scary, and overwhelming. My goal is to develop a therapeutic partnership with you, set personal goals, and help you walk away feeling stronger, more confident, and empowered. We will work towards gaining a different perspective; where painful experiences no longer define who you are, and you’re able to reflect on those difficult times in a healthier way. This is a pivotal point in healing, changing, and personal growth.
I have been working with individuals, children, couples, and families in various settings for nearly 15 years. I believe people have the capacity to change and understand themselves on a deeper level through the therapeutic process. We often feel immobilized and stuck during hard times. We have difficulty putting our experiences into words and finding meaning in it all. My therapy approach is individual-based and person-centered, meaning we work together to learn more about your needs and what interventions are best for you. My specialty is trauma-informed and strength-based treatment modalities of all ages and stages in life, including play therapy, art, music, and self-reflective activities. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to overcoming and creating a fulfilling and meaningful life. I look forward to being your supportive guide on your personal journey in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential setting
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes everyone has the potential to learn and grow throughout life’s Journey. I’m passionate about helping people reach their personal life goals. I’ve been in the helping profession for 20 plus years with a wealth of knowledge and experience. My specialties include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce and relationship issues. I work with youth ages 12 to 17, young adults and adults. My treatment approach is person-centered and eclectic utilizing mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Together we can find the keys to live your best life!!!