I have yet to meet anyone whose life experience has been wholly devoid of struggle.
It seems to be part of the human condition, which although relative, is something we are all faced with from time to time throughout our lives. In my experience, therapy provides us with the means to not only face and overcome these struggles, but also to find empowerment and purpose within what may have previously been only pain.
My belief in the transformative gift one can experience through effective therapy was born during my own personal journey of healing and growth and later solidified through my work with others.
My therapeutic approach is grounded in a Rogerian philosophy which guides my aim to consistently interact with clients in an authentic and genuine manner. While this person-centered approach provides the foundation for what I believe enables me to provide effective therapy, I work from an eclectic perspective in order to meet the individual needs of each client.
Ultimately, I believe that the best approach is the one that works and that the client is the expert regarding their unique life experience which informs and provides context for treatment.
I am experienced in working with clients facing a variety of issues including substance use disorders, trauma, relational difficulties, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and dual diagnoses. Throughout my work with substance use and co-occurring disorders I have seen the importance of providing integrated treatment for the whole person which incorporates an understanding of how each disorder effects the other, both in presentation and response to treatment.
I received a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling specializing in Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addictive Studies in Center City, Minnesota. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate working under the supervision of Chari S. Westcott, MA, LPC-S.