If your life could be depicted in a 3D model that you could hold above your head and examine, you would notice that everything connects. Nothing just dangles there on its own. Every single thought and action and condition and behavior connects directly to something else: this panic attack connects to something from the past, that bout of agoraphobia has a direct line to something possibly from childhood, etc. Therefore, issues in the present must be examined and traced back to the root causes to which they are connected. “I blow up my boyfriend’s phone with accusing texts every time he is 30 minutes late.” It comes from somewhere, right? It didn’t just start happening out of the clear blue sky. As a therapist and hypnotherapist, I employ a number of techniques and methodologies to find and focus-in on those connections. And by working through the unresolved emotions that exist at the root causes, the energy allotted and acted-out through the current issues begins to dissipate and, ultimately, go away. Such is the result of a psychodynamic approach to healing. This approach is especially effective for anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, phobias, personality disorders; and sexual and marital issues.
Hello! I am so glad you’re here. It takes courage to reach out when difficulties arise. I believe we all need help sometimes and my approach to counseling is collaborative, strengths based, and holistic. You are the expert on your life and I am here to provide a listening ear, supportive presence, and real-world techniques you can use to start feeling better. My goal is to provide you with a safe, nonjudgmental space to work through your challenges and achieve your goals.
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and am currently licensed in Illinois and Michigan. Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and in all life stages. From the transition that happens when a family welcomes a child to planning for end-of-life and everything in between.
Whether you are experiencing a brief moment of difficulty, are at the precipice of a life change, or simply want to understand yourself and decisions on a deeper level, I would be honored to help you overcome life’s trials and empower you to confidently navigate your path.
Are you concerned because you have noticed your child is struggling with managing their emotions or controlling their behaviors? Is your child having difficulties in school or social settings? Does conflict seem to surround your child? Young people can benefit from having a therapist help them through these complex stages of life.
I have over 15 years of experience working with preteens and teens ages 10-19 who might struggle to handle life’s transitions to those who exhibit extreme behavioral issues. My background includes working with those who have experienced traumatic life events, juvenile justice programs, at-risk youth, foster care and various mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety.
My approach to therapy is to provide a relaxed, safe, non judgmental place where we can work together to develop a plan that helps your child become more adjusted emotionally which helps both of you feel less stressed. I believe in recognizing the unique challenges my clients may experience and building on their strengths. I integrate various evidence based treatment models in therapy because I believe everyone is an individual and there is not a “one-size-fits-all.”
In addition to working with youth, for the past 5 years I have had the privilege to listen to and support women who have received the earth shattering news of a cancer diagnosis. This news can be traumatic, paralyzing and exhausting. If you are a woman and have recently received a diagnosis, are currently receiving treatment or are trying to figure out how to live life after diagnosis and treatment, I can provide an compassionate, confidential environment to move past the diagnosis and the anxiety that often goes along with living through it.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
What is your story and how will you tell it? Therapy is about your story and looking at how you will create and share it. Creating the space for you to tell that inner story, review it, honor it and shape it is how I approach working with people seeking support.
With more than 25 years in the human services, my approach to therapy includes helping you honor your strengths, because we all have them. As a licensed clinical social worker I have worked with adolescents, families and adults in the areas of anxiety, depression, as well as grief and loss. I have experience and specialization in trauma-informed treatment, mindfulness, human sexuality, and working closely with LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups.
I hold degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and a Master’s in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. LGBTQIA+ populations and anti-racism work were the foci of my graduate degree studies.
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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!