I understand reaching out for help is not easy and how much courage and hard work it takes for people to make real change, find hope, and create a meaningful life. I specialize in helping people who have troubled relationships, low self esteem, addiction, depression, and anxiety. I have many years of experience working with clients in sorting out how mood (e.g., depression and anxiety), personality, and substance use interfere with changing behavior and reaching goals.
Like many of the people I work with, I come to the therapeutic relationship having had a diverse range of life experiences that shape who I am and how I approach my work. I have spent much of my training and early career in organizations that support social justice, equality, and the delivery of culturally competent services to marginalized populations. These experiences have fostered values of humility, openness, acceptance, and respect for the inherent worth of each individual I work with. I honor the dignity and choice of clients as they explore and evaluate difficult experiences on their path toward healing. I meet people in the process of change exactly where they are, but also act as a guide to get them to where they want to be.
I integrate CBT, REBT, and psychotherapy models into my personal counseling theory to fit my personal style and technique while taking into consideration the client as a person, their culture, their values, and the issue or problem they present during therapy. These approaches focus on the present and changing behavior to improve the future. They include methods to reduce the unhelpful behavior, increase connection to self and others, identify values and needs, and take action to achieve desired results.
I subscribe to:
Code of Professional Ethics for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC)
Idaho State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (IBOL) Code of Ethics
Education, Training, and Additional Credentials:
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)