Personal Philosophy of Counseling
As a counselor, it is important to me that I offer you a safe compassionate environment where respect, empathy, and collaboration are self-evident. I welcome people of all ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, and spiritual backgrounds. I approach clients from a holistic perspective that incorporates emotional, mental, and physical attributes as well as spirituality and relational supports. Depending on your unique concerns, I will utilize interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, existential therapy, a trauma-focused approach, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Sessions will focus on increasing self-awareness, overcoming adversity, healing and adapting to changes in life.
During our initial intake session, we will assess your concerns, needs and strengths. We will identify changes you would like to make in your life and develop appropriate goals. In an effort to achieve your goals, it is important for you to take an active role in the process. Much of the change that counseling brings about occurs outside of sessions, therefore, I may ask you to do specific activities, such as write in a journal, read a book, or try out new behaviors between sessions. If you are open to new ideas and willing to take risks, we will be able to work together most effectively. While there are no guarantees of your outcome, therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to problems, and significant reduction in feelings of distress. Many people experience very positive outcomes because of counseling. All I ask from you is honesty and commitment to the process, and you certainly have mine.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I earned a Master of Science in Education degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. My clinical interests and experience include: individual therapy for people struggling with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, parenting children with special needs, relational/cultural struggles, LGBTQ issues and PTSD. I also welcome couples and families and find that work to be gratifying. I see clients from age 9 through elderly. Outside of counseling, I have two teenage sons and a loving partner Dave. I enjoy travel, camping, reading, biking, boating, outdoor concerts and interior design.
I am currently able to accept the following insurance plans: WEA, United HealthCare, United Behavioral Health, ComPsych, and Forward Health/Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or wish to pay privately, I will work with you on a sliding fee scale. Please contact me at 920 426-8988 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment. My office is located at 3019 W. Spencer St., Suite 205A, Appleton, WI 54914.
Please contact me at [email protected] for an appointment.