Helping teens & adults break unhealthy cycles and live from a newfound place of freedom and empowerment. Offering in person and online.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA
Whether you had a big blowup, or your relationship got destructive over time, navigating an unhealthy or abusive relationship can leave you feeling afraid and confused. With gentle compassion, I can help you gain clarity and a sense of empowerment, whether you choose to stay or leave. You can learn how to effectively respond to your partner's controlling behavior with integrity. It is possible to gain a sense of safety and identity again, and you don't have to do it alone.
Whether you are looking for an accurate diagnosis or help managing runaway moods, bipolar can leave you feeling unstable, hopeless, or even suicidal. Through education and practical skill-building, I can help you figure out what is going on with your moods, detect early warning signs, amass your supports, and apply effective coping skills. It is possible to regain a sense of grounded stability and repair areas of life that have been shaken by dysregulated moods, and I can help get you there.
The adolescent years can be tumultuous and full of uncertainty. Whether you are trying to overcome the past or forge a better future for yourself, it can be hard when you don't feel like you have many adults in your corner who truly get you and that you feel comfortable with. I have a knack for connecting with youth, and I can help you break unhealthy patterns, learn how to cope well, enjoy healthy relationships, and form a good decision-making grid so you can reach your full potential.
We all can get stuck in limiting beliefs that can be hard to break on our own. And sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what to do differently that can help produce the results we want to see. I use education, practical skill-building, and perspective shifting approaches in my work with clients. I take a practical, no-nonsense approach to therapy so you can achieve your goals in a timely manner.
Known as the third generation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, I weave in many useful tools from the DBT camp to help clients learn practical ways to break problematic knee-jerk reaction patterns, get through patches of distress easier, get to a place of increased emotional stability, and do it all in a way that preserves and strengthens their relationships.
It is not uncommon for many clients to feel caught between wanting to change unhealthy facets of their lives while feeling a mix of hesitancy and uncertainty, ultimately leaving them in limbo for a while. Don't worry if this is you. I won't push or pull you in ways you are not ready for yet, but have specialized tools to meet you where you are and eventually get you unstuck and moving on to where you ultimately want to go, on your terms.