My adorable 15-year-old self
My Anti-Oppression Journey
My Approach to Counseling
I think of myself as a long-term therapist. That means I'll devote time to getting to know you, building a relationship and understanding where you're coming from. Therapy is an investment we're both making in your future. And the most important part of the equation is the relationship you and I have with each other.
Types of therapy I do:
Lots of people are hearing about EMDR lately. And, it is a very good tool to help you recover from trauma, anxiety, depression and many other illnesses. As an EMDR trained therapist, it is an option for the work we do together. We will spend time really fleshing out your individual needs before we jump into EMDR. EMDR is part of the therapy that we'll do, but not the only thing.
DBT Skills are extremely helpful to anyone who is struggling with being present (Mindfulness), with relationships or with tolerating difficult situations. We can integrate these skills into the therapy we do or we can focus intensely on the skills. We'll decide together what direction might help you most.
Internal Family Systems therapy is about addressing the different "parts" that live in each of us. One part of you may be angry, while another part feels scared. That can be so confusing! We'll work hard to make sense of what's going on and to help you find your "best adult self" who can most effectively "drive the bus."
You'll notice I tend to talk in metaphors and stories. True to form, I'm going to give you one last story before you leave my website:
When I was working on leaving my full-time job and starting a private practice, I talked with a good friend about the name of the business. She suggested I start with something I love. I am a quilter. It makes my heart happy to create something beautiful for, and with, people I love. When I make a quilt, I take an amazing piece of fabric, cut it up, and sew it back together into something even more meaningful, connected and stronger. Therapy also works like this. Together, we will examine the struggles you face, work to cut them apart, and reassemble the pieces to create the image you want.
I may not walk in your shoes, but I will always do my best to stay focused on the picture you're painting for your life and do my best to help you get there.
If you think we might be a good fit, get in touch for a free phone consultation!
Credentials and Other Boring Stuff
Arizona State University, Tucson, AZ
Master’s in Social Work, May 2008
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies, May 1998
Piecing Solutions Together, LLC
Community Partnership Care Coordination
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
La Frontera Center, Inc.
Compass Behavioral Health MICA Program
AZBBHE Supervisor Training 2012
AZBBHE Supervisor Registry Current
Serving Our Veterans – Behavioral Health Certificate 2012
EMDR Level I & II Trained 2010
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy 2009
Other Random Stuff About Me:
Girl Scouts of the USA, Lifetime Member
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Past President, Tucson Modern Quilt Guild