Areas of Focus
PARENTING AND FAMILY CONCERNS
PHOBIAS / SPECIFIC FEARS
COLLEGE / GRADUATE SCHOOL ISSUES
STRESS AND WORRY
TEST AND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY
Obtaining appropriate professional consultation is an important element in the practice of mental health. I provide professional consultation to support the practice of mental health professionals (psychologists, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and addiction counselors) who are interested in expanding their areas of expertise or needing support around challenging clinical issues.
Teaching, training, and clinical supervision has been a significant area of interest and focus for me over the last 14 years. I enjoy serving as a secondary clinical supervisor for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral interns. You will find me to be a collaborative, supportive, and challenging supervisor - similar to my clinical work. I focus on clinical areas as it pertains to practice of psychology that includes diagnosis, treatment, risk assessment, professional standards of practice; professional ethics; acquisition and use of relevant knowledge and skills; professional development; values and attitudes that support collaboration with patients; clarity about professional identity, role accountabilities and responsibilities; and professional self-care.
Psychotherapy is often referred to as therapy or counseling and is a complex process that is difficult to summarize in a few sentences. Basically, therapy is based on a collaborative relationship at uncovering what is holding you back from living a full, authentic, healthy, and productive life.
Many people put off seeking the support they need because they feel embarrassed or simply don't know where to turn. People may rely on talking to their friends, family, co-workers, hairstylist, or bartender, before they will seek professional help. Having the support of loved ones who have your best interest at heart is a vital component to healing - no doubt!. However, you may feel judged, misunderstood, or perhaps you feel you are burdening others with your concerns. In therapy, you don't have to worry about these things.
There is considerable research to support the benefits and effectiveness of psychotherapy for a wide range of life stressors, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal challenges, and relationship concerns. Therapy is a process to identify and address self-defeating thoughts, emotions and behaviors. I use evidenced-based treatments, which are those that have been shown through research to be the most effective.
Consultation and Supervision
Group therapy is typically comprised of 5 to 8 participants led by a therapist. It is a form of counseling that can offer a unique experience in a way that helps you gain skills, learn about issues, work on your own individual challenges, and transform problems into solutions. This is accomplished with the help of the group process, not just the therapist. Members are encouraged to to share their thoughts and reactions with the group members and therapist.
Therapy groups have a start and end-date. Depending on the group topic, groups may run 8, 9, or 10 weeks. Part of the benefit in participating in group therapy is the empowerment that comes in committing to the same group of people to work on similar issues for the duration of the group.
Group topics include social anxiety, dating, and compassion fatigue.
Workshops and presentations are available for community groups, organizations and schools. Topics include, but are not limited to: Stress Management, Suicide/Risk Management, Compassion Fatigue
Individualized workshops are available to meet the needs of your group.
Please contact me for more information.
Psychodiagnostic evaluation (aka assessment) is conducted for the purpose of identifying diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The evaluation includes clinical interview, review of records (if provided), and observation in order to clarify concerns and determine degree of severity regarding behavior, personality traits, mood, emotional & social functioning, and cognitive processes. You may be asked to complete symptom screening forms (at no additional charge) and standardized testing may be recommended to further evaluate your mental processes with the purpose of ascertaining atypical clinical presentations.
Workshops and Presentations