Entering therapy can be daunting. It's an act of self-compassion and self-respect to embark on this courageous journey. An experience of pain, discontent, yearning, conflict, or crisis is often what prompts someone to seek counseling. Inner turmoil emerges from unmet needs, harmful experiences, or ways of coping/surviving that no longer serve you. This kind of pain may be a “gift in an ugly package” urging you to seek out a fuller and more satisfying life.
I will meet you wherever you are in your process with curiosity and acceptance. Our work together will be tailored to your individual needs, as I learn what can best help you feel healthy, hopeful, and balanced. I will hold space for you to tap into your inherent resiliency and wisdom — it is there in EVERYONE! My style interweaves unconditional positive regard, mindful presence, compassion, directness, and humor. I welcome adolescent or adult clients of every ability, nationality, racial and ethnic background, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
I draw on a range of treatment modalities, including trauma-informed practices; attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology; CBT/DBT influenced tools; EMDR; mindfulness; and solution-focused, relational, and experiential therapies. I am familiar with the 12 Steps, cycle of change, and motivational interviewing. I have a special passion for experiential therapies such as psychodrama, sand tray, art, and visualization; I offer these when it seems appropriate and useful. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I and II, and I have over 600 hours of psychodrama training.
If you are struggling with any of the issues below, please call 505-231-7157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment & see if we might be a good fit.
Anxiety: feeling worried, fearful, not able to turn off your thoughts, overwhelmed
Depression: low motivation, feeling helpless or hopeless, guilt, sadness, sense of low self-worth, nothing feels pleasurable any longer
Trauma: single episode or chronic experiences. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, avoidance, isolation, negative moods and beliefs, feeling “hyped up” all the time, inability to cope with life, self-harm.
Identity: feeling confused about who you are, low self-esteem, feeling incomplete, hidden, fragmented, innately flawed, or unable to reach your potential
Addiction: with substances and/or behaviors
Problems with relationships: intimate, family, or in general
Life transitions or major changes
A desire to deepen self-discovery, well-being, actualization, and growth
What to Expect
To begin, I ask that you complete a comprehensive personal history and a consent for treatment form. You can download these forms from my website or you can arrive at your first appointment 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. I recognize that not all of your details can be put onto paper, but the intake form is a good starting point.
During the first few sessions, we will review your history and identify treatment goals. I usually begin with traditional “talk therapy," and this may be the approach we stay with for the duration of your treatment. As I get to know you better, I may suggest additional activities and exercises. I may also invite you to participate in visualizations, breathing techniques, art work, sand tray, journaling, EMDR, or psychodrama methods. You always have the right to decline or ask to do this at another time! Not every technique works for every person, so we will collaborate to discover what is best for you.
Your treatment is tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. It is most common to set a weekly scheduled time. I generally meet with clients for 60 or 90 minutes. EMDR sessions and couples/family sessions are 90 minutes. Some people need a few sessions; some people benefit from years of support. Some people complete a cycle of therapy and return when another issues arises. You are in charge of your treatment every step of the way. All I ask is that you be patient with yourself and know that it can sometimes feel like two steps forward, one step back. I am always open to feedback about what works for you and what doesn't.
60-minute session: $90
90-minute session: $135
I am currently scheduling appointments on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. I do not take insurance at this time, but I offer a sliding-scale fee beginning at $70 for a one-hour session. I also offer a discounted rate to Southwestern students. Please inquire. If you need to cancel or reschedule a session, please give at least 24 hours' notice so I can open the space for other clients. Otherwise, with the exception of an emergency or sudden health issues, you may be charged for the missed session.