For more than 25 years, it has been my privilege to help clients through tough times.
My approach is collaborative, nurturing clients’ strengths and helping them improve in areas where they see deficits. Effective therapy is about change, support and learning ways to be more skillful when facing challenges. My style favors active, authentic engagement. Humor, within a context of compassion and concern, can be a valuable way to cope.
I am a strong believer in the body-mind connection and mindfulness as a skill that can help manage emotions.
I’ve worked extensively using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach with a strong here and now focus. DBT incorporates acceptance and change strategies within a cognitive-behavioral therapy framework.
Areas of special interest and expertise include working with depression, anxiety, trauma, shame, addictions, and co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis of mental health and addictions concerns).
Aside from DBT, I have extensive training and experience in motivational interviewing, couples work, and solution-focused therapy, and have authored numerous articles on clinical concerns. As the former director of staff development for the region’s largest behavioral health care provider, I trained hundreds of therapists, and provided supervision or consultation on many cases.
My practice includes providing individual or group coaching/consultation to resolve chronic concerns.
Please call to discuss your concerns and to see if working together would be a good fit.