Helping you connect with you--with your kindest, grounded, most hope-filled voice--and with all of the beautiful possibilities for your life.

Peony bud

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

--Anais Nin

Welcome. I’m so glad you’ve found your way here. As a professional counselor and artist, I aim to help you connect with you--with your kindest, grounded, most hope-filled voice--and with all of the beautiful possibilities for your life.

If you’re considering counseling, that previous sentence may feel light years away from where you are now. You may be at a low point, feeling pain or distress. You may feel sad, tired, unmotivated, or withdrawn; or you may feel agitated, restless, or worried. You may feel numb--like you’ve lost a sense of connection to yourself, to others, and/or to purpose in life. You may be engaging in negative, limiting self-talk, and hold beliefs about yourself that are hurtful and ultimately unhelpful. You may be thinking: “I’m not doing well,” or, “There’s something wrong with me,” or, “I’m just not where (or who)  I thought I would be,” or “I’ve lost myself, or my voice, somehow.” Let me assure you--change is possible.

In counseling, I help you work on the part of life that is painful or feels intolerable. I listen for challenges and struggles and help you to better manage. I help you to discover how your unique history may be influencing your life in the present. I pay close attention to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, both as you describe them and as they arise in the moment with me. I work to help you gain insight and understanding, explore your emotional experience, understand and reduce behaviors that are hurtful to you, and strengthen your sense of self.

Some of my overarching goals in my work are to help you to:

  • Increase self-compassion, self-awareness, and insight
  • Increase your ability to support yourself and to seek support from others
  • Manage troubles, including sadness, worry, numbness, disconnectedness etc.
  • Identify limiting and unhelpful self-talk, and core beliefs that keep this in place
  • Attend to body process and breathing (an important regulator of energy and emotions)
  • Live in the present moment, in the here-and-now (rather than in the future or the past)
  • Tend to any unfinished business that may be keeping you stuck
  • Make meaning out of what happens (and what has happened) in your life
  • Develop additional strategies for engaging in life

 

I offer you an invitation to start—or to continue, with more support—working toward the life you want to have and the person you want to be. My challenge to you? Begin. Now. Take one small step and then another and another and another. This is the way to build a life. I’d be honored to help you with yours, so please don’t hesitate to contact me and see if we might be a good fit for counseling.

I work well with those who value the integration of mind, body, and soul; who see both the head and the heart as pathways to wellness and joy. I work well with those who are willing to think about and to do life in new ways, to pay attention to thoughts, feelings, and heart-stirrings, and who are ready to consider and then take action that may be different from familiar, past patterns. I work well with those who agree to a committed, collaborative relationship with me; and who view me as a supportive resource who can help them work toward a better quality of life—toward all the possibilities dreamed of in best moments.

I work well with people from all walks of life. I am particularly drawn to young adults, women, creative/artistic types, those with spiritual/religious conflicts, and those with diverse sexual and gender identities.