We Are Here To Help You

My work with you will accommodate a wide province of emotional and behavioral quandaries.
I provide counseling for individuals and families who struggle with issues that may arise (but not exclusive to), as a result of substance use and/or abuse, and these include relational trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, family counseling, relapse prevention, and anger management. I work with adults and seniors.

 

What Makes Us Special?

It is my aim and intention, as a counselor, to provide the highest quality of skilled and trustworthy counseling with integrity, focus, authenticity and professionalism. To support each client’s goals and to promote emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being.

Promise:

To treat each person with respect, integrity, transparency in a safe, professional and confidential environment.

I believe that counseling is a journey of self-exploration, reflection, discourse, and a way to summons new hopes, potentials and possibilities. It is about helping people to ask the difficult questions and assisting in making explicit the answers that each person may already implicitly possess. It is intended to increase each person’s level of self-understanding and self-awareness to go deeper into life and connect to meaning. So simple yet often difficult, but always profound. To help in recognizing the risks, the courage, and the perseverance it takes to show up for ourselves, as ourselves, and in the lives of others.

The approach I take emphasizes the clients own resources, helps clients to determine what they would like from counseling and always puts the client at the center of counseling. I take into account the uniqueness of each client and their situation, and in order to provide best practices, I do borrow from multiple perspectives as one size does not fit all.

I have a client-centered philosophy that endeavors to develop an alliance within which each client may hopefully change and personal growth is recognized, as well, that an improvement of the quality of life becomes self-evident, through commitment to the process.

To treat each person with respect, integrity, transparency in a safe, professional and confidential environment.

Treatment for substance use disorder include, but not limited to, CBT, (cognitive Behavioral treatment); ACT, (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy); Mindfulness; Family and Relationship work, Solution-Focused Counseling, and Relapse Prevention Counseling. Substance Use issues may include heroin, opioids, prescription medications, cocaine, alcohol, and also include long-term dependence and polysubstance dependence or abuse.

A concept that shows up as extreme amounts of dependence on certain loved ones in your life, and for whom you feel responsible for THEIR feelings and actions.

Some, but not all, of the signs, including having poor boundaries, a need to control others, intimacy issues, confusing love and pity, a need to be liked by everyone, low self-esteem, anxiety, and stress, fixating on mistakes.

Anger management refers to the process by which a person learns how to identify stressors, take the necessary steps to remain calm, and handle tense situations in a constructive, positive manner.

The purpose of anger management is to help a person decrease the heightened emotional and physiological arousal often associated with anger. It is generally impossible to avoid all the people, things, and settings that incite anger, but a person may learn how to control reactions and respond in a socially appropriate manner. The support of a mental health professional may be helpful in this process.

Mindfulness-based therapeutic Interventions promote the practice as an integral part of good mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Mindfulness-based interventions are becoming a widely accepted method of addressing the symptoms associated with many common mental health challenges and/or emotional concerns Mindfulness-based stress reduction can often help with anxiety and depression and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral techniques can often form part of the treatment approach for anxiety depression, panic attacks trauma, process addictions, among others.

Be it bereavement, grief or the multi-faceted emotions behind any type of loss, be it home, health, faith, addiction etc.

Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.

When distress occurs as a result of relational concerns and emotional well-being feels threatened.

Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach.

Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships, such as financial hardship, divorce, or the death of a loved one. In addition, it can be effective in treating mental health concerns that impact the family as a whole, such as depression, substance abuse, chronic illness, and food issues, or everyday concerns, like communication problems, interpersonal conflict, or behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

Family counseling aims to promote understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more individuals. For example, if a child is having social and academic problems, therapy will focus on the family patterns that may contribute to the child’s acting out, rather than evaluating the child’s behavior alone. As the family uncovers the source of the problem, they can learn to support the child and other family members and work proactively on minimizing or altering the conditions that contribute to the child’s unwanted behavior.

The major goal is to address the problem(s) of relapse and to generate skills and tools to identify high risk situations. It is also important to uncover and discover the roots and origins of addiction which is often a symptom of underlying distresses.