I graduated in 1987 with a master’s degree specializing in mental health counseling from The Ohio State University. I am an independently licensed professional clinical counselor and an independently licensed chemical dependency counselor. I have over 33 years of experience in the field of mental health working with adults aged 18 years of age and older. My approach and orientation to treatment is centered in the evidence-based practices of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In addition, I include concepts and skills from the practices of Radically Open DBT (RODBT), trauma informed care, and Mindfulness.
I have been honored over the years with working people from all walks of life and varieties of life circumstances. Most of my career has been spent working with individuals struggling with a variety of issues including: all types of depressive disorders and anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, ADHD, trauma, addictions, relationship issues, self-esteem, adjusting to life changes, grief/loss, codependency, personality disorders, GLBTQ issues, domestic violence, childhood issues, and spirituality.
Deciding to seek help can be a brave first step in your journey to peace, success, and fulfillment. But it can also be scary. My goal is to assist you in your journey, help you to peel back the cover to your story and find the resilience and skills you already possess, discover personal insights that promote your quest for psychological health, teach you new skills and strategies to help ensure your continued success. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for you to travel to a new you. In my own life experiences I have found that even the most profound trauma can help you gain insight that elevates you to a better version of yourself.
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