Master of Arts degree in
St. Bonaventure University
Bachelor of Arts degree
Active license since 2000
in Indiana as
Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Qualified as Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
22 years experience in
helping clients with
Welcome to my website!
I am a licensed mental health therapist and certified yoga teacher. I believe that while therapy is helpful (and if appropriate, medication) true healing requires a mind/body connection. Through therapy, mindfulness, and gentle movement, I help clients develop self-acceptance, a mind/body awareness, and an ability to remain in the present. It is then where the real work begins.
We must be grounded in the present to become aware of our suffering and move toward healing. I believe that in my 20+ years, I have helped clients improve their quality of life and to thrive not just survive. I help people strive for mental wellness and to take back their lives.
The mind/body approach allows us to become connected within ourselves and create connection with others. Belongingness is a basic need. Becoming interconnected can yield communication skills, an ability to manage our anger, and to ask for what we want and need.
I use a variety of modalities including CBT, an awareness of thoughts and feelings that contribute to current behaviors, somatic experiencing, gentle movement, visualization, moment-to-moment processing and more.
Many of you are seeking treatment because you lack motivation, energy and direction. I hope that you find my kind, gentle approach will offer compassion, empathy, directness and understanding as we move toward your goals.
Please call me to discuss your unique needs.
Counseling is my passion and calling in life. I can't imagine anything else I'd want to do.
I have spent over half my life helping people work through their pain, learn ways to cope and regain their quality of life. Within those areas, here is what I will strive to do together with you:
•Increase your mood
•Set life goals
•Have a voice
•Deal with family issues
•Handle challenges at work
•Learn about yourself
I embarked upon this career to help people have a voice. I want you to be heard and understood, to not suffer in silence, to state your wants and needs, to say “no” to things you don't want to do.
To tell yourself that you are a giving, loving human being and you deserve wellness just like anybody else. I want others to hear your opinions and for you to feel that you matter. I know how that feels and it is a painful, lonely place. I am grateful to be in a happier place now.
I'd like to teach you these things:
Speak out to loved ones about what you are feeling.
Learn to articulate to loved ones that depression is debilitating just like a physical ailment like diabetes, and you deserve as much respect and care as anyone with a physical ailment.
Understand that there can be physical problems that go along with depression and anxiety such as migraines, ulcers, general pain, etc. and that should be known.
I believe that my job is to show you your current thinking and patterns of behavior and how they are hurting you in your life. Many of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are deeply ingrained -- often from the values or actions of your family. That's very common. You may be on automatic pilot and not even realize there is a different way to think or to act.
I have great joy when I see my clients reach their goals! What I like about working with people most is when they discover that their own strengths are helping to carry them through. You'll see that you will do work and that will be the basis of counseling. We will walk together in this journey with me guiding you. Your input is essential.
When you do the work, you'll feel empowered that you helped yourself get well and are not be dependent upon me. Isn't that comforting? You have taken your life back!