In many ways, our lives are stories we tell ourselves. Sometimes, these stories we continue to tell ourselves keep us stuck and suffering, so it is a waste of energy to try to hold on to them. By letting go of resentments and learning to say goodbye to these stories (trauma, addiction, shame, anger, co-dependency, family secrets), we learn how to heal ourselves, to nurture our souls, to BE in this moment with love, courage, empathy and compassion. In so doing, we create new stories for ourselves -- stories that allow our creative vision to sharpen, our hearts to expand, and our lives to become richer. Not perfect, but infinitely better. This is the journey of a lifetime. This is hope. This is choice. This is plugging in to the connection with others that we, as relational beings, crave and need in order to thrive, not just survive.
Does your story need re-telling? I can help you begin this journey and create a better and more interesting story. Compassionately helping others, I believe, is my highest calling.
Overall, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, my approach to therapy is person-centered, existential and somatic (our bodies hold memories and feelings). I enjoy using creative processes and taking a non-authoritarian approach to psychotherapy, though I am not shy about being directive when appropriate. I also believe that a therapeutic relationship needs to be based on genuineness, acceptance, and empathy. In the broadest sense, I view psychotherapy as a collection of paths leading to greater internal coherence and emotional flexibility. To accomplish this, one will need to consider making choices that are more congruent with one's values. That can sometimes be the painful but necessary "work" of effective psychotherapy. It begins with a conversation (and maybe some physical exercises to get back into the body). Be bold, be daring.
I bring to my psychotherapy practice a wide background, including business, music, and the performing arts. As a human resources professional for more than 15 years, I am accomplished in career counseling, recruitment, and placement. As a professional opera singer for more than 20 years, I understand the commitment that passion requires, regardless of the profession. Having traversed such varied and overlapping career paths, I have experienced the unique struggles and stresses inherent in major life transitions.
I really do appreciate that therapy is hard work and not always pleasant or comfortable. Yet, I also believe that by continuing to avoid pain, we paradoxically experience unnecessary suffering. It is my greatest desire to assist you in finding love and connection, with self and others.
Master of Arts in Counseling, St. Edward’s University
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Level I Certification in Gottman Couples Method
Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in music and opera