With over 17 years of professional counseling experience, I have enjoyed working with individuals, children and families in outpatient and inpatient settings, from different economic and cultural backgrounds, and with mild-to-severe levels of trauma and behavioral issues. In addition, I have had the privilege to work with college students (youth, or in the prime of life) for over 4 years, including students with disabilities.
My primary theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I view therapy as a collaborative effort where we work together to find the best path toward peace and healing for you, your child, or your family.
With children I often use Play and Art Therapy techniques, as children often express in play what they cannot vocalize.
As a past adjunct instructor at UAHuntsville on psychological development across the lifespan, and as an invited speaker on Autism Spectrum Disorders, I have been able to share my enthusiasm for using research to inform our choices and approaches to life.
While I have lived in Alabama for the last 13 years, I have also lived and worked in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Texas and rural Virginia, and I enjoy the diversity of personalities and cultures these areas represent. In addition, my previous 10-year career as an Information Technology professional has provided me a first-hand perspective of the workings of the international corporate world. These experiences have allowed me to see both the commonality of human experience and the unique ways in which we express ourselves.
Finally, as mother of a daughter with Asperger’s, I have a passion for helping parents balance the needs of their children with their roles of spouse, worker, and parent.