I see children, teens, parents and entire families. I also see adults for individual therapy. I focus on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, trauma, work issues, behavior problems in children and teenagers. With couples and families I work with communication, family myths and divorce prevention and premarital counseling. Grief work is also a big part of my practice including loss of a pet.
I specialize in play therapy for children 3 to 14 years of age. Play therapy is the therapy of choice for younger and school age children. It allows the child to express his or her fears, anxieties, anger, sadness and loss in the language of play. When children become pre-teens and young teens (13-15) art therapy becomes the intervention most clients will respond to as well as adults. The leap into young adulthood often leaves many past childhood issues unresolved. I do a large amount of work with college students and other young adults. The issues vary widely.
As there is such a range of issues and ages, I have become what is called an "eclectic" therapist. I draw from many theories of personality and lifespan, and I make use of many schools of thought when working with individuals so I can tailor the therapy to each unique need.
Clients find me warm and personal, non-judgmental, genuine and direct. I engage with people quickly building a sound therapeutic relationship so the work of therapy begins and ends appropriately. I do short term therapy and solution-focused therapy, and I incorporate the psychodynamic training that is the core of play therapy.
Life Coaching stretches every coach to focus on area(s) that he/she feels the most passionate about. For me, academic coaching came easily because of the number of college students I see. It blends seamlessly with ADD/ADHD coaching. Career coaching is often a blend of life coaching and academic coaching.
Life coaches have much to offer anyone who wants to live a better life. It gives you tools to change aspects of your life that leave you without energy or stuck. Coaching can help build your confidence and identify and deepen your strengths by exercising your natural resourcefulness to overcome obstacles and shortcomings.
Parent coaching evolved for me out of my years of work with children and their caregivers. Parents often respond better to coaching than to therapy. Parents or divorced parents don't always need therapy, but they need help becoming the parent they want to be.
Career coaching is a vital part of any coaching practice as the current economic times require changes in the job market, but also in the choice careers offered by colleges and junior colleges. Coaching can add flexibility to your life by stretching beyond your comfort zone and taking more risks. Coaching addresses aspects of your life where you feel stuck or trapped. It may be a change of career is part of the solution.
"A coach takes you from where you feel wanting to where you live a life filled with all your passions."
ACADEMIC COACHING. Life coaching stretches every coach to focus on area(s) that he/she feels the most passionate about. For me, academic coaching came easily because of the number of college students I see. Teenagers often need extra help with the transition from middle school to high school, but not necessarily tutoring or therapy. Academic coaching is planned goal setting, action-oriented and task accountability for all students who need help with a course a curriculum, choosing a major, graduating or finishing a thesis or dissertation. It blends seamlessly with learning disabilities and attention and processing problems including ADD/ADHD.
ADD/ADHD COACHING. I coach adults and teens who are having difficulty with challenges similar to people with ADD/ADHD. These difficulties include focusing and sustaining attention, difficulty organizing and staying organized, problems with time, being on time and finishing on time. Designing a course of coaching to meet each individuals needs from time-keeping to a clutter buddy program needs a coached trained to work with ADD/ADHD and a strong sense of what life is like as an ADDer.
I offer a free initial consultation to assist individuals in decides what the issues are or what the dilemma is troubling them. This can be set up by email or a telephone call.
COUNSELING is offered when a therapeutic intervention is indicated or a diagnosis of a mental disorder, like depression, is made. A referral to a physician or psychiatrist may be indicated to determine if there is a disorder or disease and/or prescribe medication. Studies show patients get better faster if both medication and therapy are used over either remedy on its own. There are many models of therapy including brief, solution-focused therapy, family of origin therapy, psychodynamic therapy, feminist therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. You can research each type on the web to get a better understanding of all the therapies. Counseling and coaching are not done at the same time though coaching can follow counseling in some cases.
COACHING is the practice of helping clients determine and achieve their personal goals. A coach uses multiple methods to help clients through the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is a unique partnership between the client and the coach and is completely confidential. The partnership is designed by both client and coach to give the client a higher quality of service. The agreement creates an investment for both parties to be committed to tasks (client) and being held accountable for completing the task (coach). Coaching is about going forward, unlike counseling or therapy that tends to be about resolving issues of the past and healing. Coaching is action-oriented and focuses on the client's present life and future aspirations.