I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and teens. Much of my work is centered on helping families in conflict and working with adults on an individual basis to achieve their own personal goals. Children and adults alike, find that therapy provides a safe space for them to explore, grow, and gain clarity around who they are, what they want, and where they belong.
I prefer to take a humanistic approach in working with my patients by focusing on the subjective and unique experience of the individual. I seek to learn about my patient’s world – not through a process of mere observation or analysis, but rather experiencing their world and entering into it with genuine respect, and free from judgment.
I graduated with my Master of Arts degree in Psychology: with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling, from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. My clinical interests center on mindfulness and the neuroscience of attachment. I cultivated this understanding during my time spent studying in the UK at Oxford University. Here I was able to immerse myself in the understanding of how the human brain takes shape and creates distinct connections as we ‘connect’ with others in relationships. Another component to this is meditation, specifically mindfulness meditation. In August 2014, I participated in my first 10-day silent Vipassana retreat, where 13 hours per day was spent meditating. This experience proved more challenging than I could’ve ever imagined, yet the reward was much greater than the challenge. Learning how to effectively silence the mind and allow myself to be present in a non-judgmental way is an invaluable tool for us all to acquire as we journey through life. I feel this opportunity afforded me tremendous personal and professional growth and persists as I continue my meditation practice. I am looking forward to my next retreat coming this fall 2015, where this time I will go and “serve” the new students and guide them in achieving the most enriching meditative experience possible.
I maintain a certain set of attitudes that I feel are central to the success of the children and adults I works with. First, I work to establish a congruent relationship with my patients. It is important to be as open and genuine in therapy as possible, and be able to relate to my patients without hiding behind a professional façade. I strive to provide a therapeutic environment where each individual feels comfortable and confident that they are not going to be judged, criticized or punished. This approach offers a refreshing experience for children and adults alike, to be able to learn about themselves and gain the confidence and direction to grow.
Throughout the course of therapy my patients achieve greater insight into their own internal world, fostering a clearer and more compassionate self-understanding.
They learn to cultivate trust in their inner feelings and experiences, therefore increasing their confidence and self-reliance. They begin developing their capacity to experience their feelings in the moment in which they occur; they learn to express them in a more productive manner, and trust themselves more to make important life decisions on their own. Individuals find that this development often fosters a more assertive communication style, healthier relationships with others, and overall enhances their emotional well-being. Individuals in therapy begin to embrace new ways of thinking about life and report success in cultivating a more mindful philosophy – an art of living that affords each of us the opportunity of being present, moment-to-moment, with curiosity and compassion and free from judgment. Mindfulness is a practice, and a skill that helps individuals bring sustainable change and begin living a more meaningful life.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
If you have any questions about the therapy process or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.