I have been a Mental Health Clinician for over 25 years. I love what I do and enjoy meeting new people!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lacey, WA
In my many years of experience in working with anxiety disorders, I have found that the following therapeutic modalities result in the highest success rate: Client-Centered Therapy, Psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy skills (DBT), Solution-focused Therapy and consistent, daily practice in implementing the coping skills you have learned.
Feeling sad, down in the dumps, depressed, exhausted and on the verge of hopelessness is no fun. Depression, like anxiety, can be treated with mental health counseling. Initially, it is often difficult to find the motivation of where to even begin. Begin here. All are welcome, regardless of where you may be in life. I will teach you and provide you with an array of coping methods, education, and support networks to help you improve your overall quality of life.
How comfortable are you with yourself? Are you secure with who you are and the path you are traveling in life? Are you struggling with your sexuality and/or gender? LGBTQI Counseling can help you to overcome your fears, discomfort, and concerns you may be experiencing. We, as a society, have become remarkably evolved in the past 10 years. Many of us have personal and professional relationships with people who identify as gay, lesbian, binary, transgender, and so on.
FEAR has 2 meanings: Forget Everything and Run, OR Face Everything and Rise. Stepping outside our “comfort zone” can be scary. Anxiety wreaks havoc on our health & relationships. Understanding how our brain & body process anxiety is important! Coping tools help us “re-wire the brain” to change the outcome of how we view & respond to stressors. “A calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges”. Together we can face those challenges, creating a calm, peaceful mind.
Feeling sad, depressed & down in the dumps is no fun. MH Counseling can help you improve your mood, attitude & well-being. I’ll teach you an array of techniques to help you cope w/ depression, improve your mood, & outlook on life. The first step to happiness is learning to love yourself. “The strongest people are not the ones who show strength in front of us, but those who fight battles we know nothing about”. Let’s fight those battles together & conquer them!
“You are the most valuable investment you will ever make. Let us, together, create a reality that matches the magnitude & radiance of our souls & not the smallness of minds”. LGBTQI Counseling helps you work through & confront inner conflicts, process emotions, seek answers, & conquer challenges. Individual & Group Therapy will help you build & strengthen your self-esteem, support system, & sense of self. Use your pain to create your greatest victory! Be true to you-I'll help you thru!
Our thoughts affect the way we feel & behave. We form thoughts about events that lead to feelings & actions. The way we talk to ourselves impacts how we feel & act. CBT helps you change your language to “What if it does work out”, I can do it”. Retraining your mind will lift you higher out of over-thinking, stress & worry from negative thoughts. Change starts w/ your mindset. Shift it-accept that some things are out of our control. The rest starts & ends w/ you!
DBT was designed to help people decrease & eliminate suicidal ideation, & self-harming behaviors, such as cutting or burning. DBT Skills aim to help people learn how to regulate their emotions & effectively respond to upsetting events. It Emphasizes the importance of living life in the present moment, “here and now”. Skills focus on Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, & Distress Tolerance. The #1 goal of DBT is to help others “Create lives worth living”.
I love helping people enhance their problem-solving skills & seek solutions! Stronger problem-solving skills lead to more effective strategies in overcoming stress & challenges. We explore options to resolve/ decrease the things we internalize as unpleasant. When we learn to “think outside the box”, We see life’s hardships as opportunities for growth. The impossible becomes possible! Any problem well-defined is half solved. I’m here to help you solve the other half & Krave Lyfe!
The 1 emotion we’ve all experienced is “Anger”. Anger is a secondary emotion that is usually triggered by feelings of fear and anxiety. I can help you learn how to change your maladaptive thoughts, unpleasant emotions & unwanted behaviors that are linked to problems in life causing you distress and misery. Remember-Anger is only 1 letter away from Danger!
Self-Harm Reduction Therapy helps people work through their pain & suffering, instead of staying “stuck” and increasing it. Distress Tolerance is a DBT Skill that I teach clients, so they learn safe ways to survive crisis situations without making them worse. When we can accept reality for what it is, we can free ourselves from our own personal prison, and safely move forward to build a healthier life worth living.