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Counseling Services

Counseling works. It's pretty well established that people start to feel better when they can talk things out. But will they judge you? Give you bad advice? Gossip about you? Who can you trust?

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I promise to safeguard your privacy while relying on tried and true methods to help you resolve the symptoms, problems, issues or concerns that brought you to me. I have high standards, and if I am not the most qualified professional to help, I will refer you to someone else.  

Mental Health Services

Traditional Counseling: An Office Appointment 

This is what most people think of as therapy. (The words "counseling" and "therapy" are both used to describe this process). Meeting in person at my office for counseling sessions which usually last 50 minutes (but can be longer or shorter),
 I will soon have a deep understanding of your experience and perspective. I will share my expert opinion of your situation and present options specifically chosen as effective ways to help you resolve the symptoms, problems, issues or concerns that led you to seek counseling. Combining your existing strengths with my expertise, we will actively pursue the shortest path to achieving your goals and concluding therapy.

Online Counseling: Therapy Over The Internet

Sometimes office visits just aren't possible. My clients have the option to meet by phone or online through a secure videocamera link when lack of transportation, childcare, travel time, etc. would prevent them from keeping their appointment. Online therapy is quickly gaining popularity as research begins to show it is about equally effective as counseling in person (under the right circumstances). I have extensive training in the safe and appropriate use of online counseling and am happy to be one of the few providers offering this service in our area.

All of the services described below can be provided in person or online:

Brief Overview with Recommendations
I excel at helping people quickly sort out what's bothering them and what to do next. Spend up to half an hour talking on the phone or at my office, then I will give you my recommendations on your next steps towards feeling better. Whether or not you decide to continue counseling with me, this community service is absolutely free with no obligation. 

Individual Counseling or Therapy
I have provided effective counseling and case management help to many hundreds of people with different kinds of problemsThe more honest you are about describing what brings you to counseling at this time, the better I am able to choose which therapeutic interventions will be the most useful for you. 

Couples Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling
I can facilitate communication and teach other important skills to couples, whether they are married, not married or considering marriage. These are listed under Areas of Expertise

Family Counseling or Therapy, Parent-Child Issues, Blended Families

I can help families or parents and children (13 and older) learn new ways to resolve conflicts, establish ground rules and negotiate behavioral contracts. I specialize in helping parents and children come to a better understanding of each other with respect to gaming and social media. 

Beyond credential and techniques, I genuinely care about my clients. I will:
  • be 100% present, giving you my full attention
  • listen to you with empathy, compassion and respect
  • comfort you if any difficult, painful feelings come up
  • help you understand the "problem" and what might be causing it
  • be interactive and directive with suggestions for you to try
  • work closely with you on a specific plan for change
  • suggest out of session reading or activities to maximize your gains
  • support, encourage and motivate you every time we meet
If you've read this far, I believe you have the courage to pick up the phone and call me. What do you have to lose? 

  If you are having thoughts of suicide and need help right away, call 911 or call the VOA Crisis Line at (800-584-3578).

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