My approach to therapy comes from the belief that within each of us is an inner wisdom, that when accessed will guide us to new insights, answers, relief and even healing from our burdens and struggles. I believe each of us was designed to find healing, when we do our own, honest “soul searching” or inner exploration. Richard Schwartz, developer of the Internal Family Systems model, stumbled upon an approach to navigating our internal systems through work with his clients. He discovered that we all possess qualities of calm, clarity, confidence, courage, competence, connectedness and curiosity when connected to this source of inner wisdom. My job as a therapist is to help people access the wisdom placed within them and that will bring about relief and healing.
My therapeutic approaches predominantly include Internal Family Systems Therapy, EMDR, Client Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. With adolescents, I also employ the modalities of art and directive play.
The services I provide include individual and family psychotherapy with adults and adolescents, both male and female. I predominantly work with individuals and families who have gone through some sort of trauma and are in need of additional assistance with coping and healing from the trauma. However, I also have expertise in the areas of parent-child conflict, family relationship issues, families impacted by substance abuse, as well as, individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, mood swings, eating disorders and other psychological difficulties. With adolescents, I am experienced in working with multiple behavioral issues, including oppositional behaviors, anger and aggression, attachment issues, low self-esteem, etc. In addition, I have extended training and experience working with high-functioning Autism and Asperger’s Disorder. If determined to be needed, I am also able to provide home-based family therapy.
I have a Masters degree in Social Work and a Baccalaureate of Arts degree in Psychology. I am licensed by the State of Alaska as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, who’s Code of Ethics I subscribe. My professional background includes experience working with adults, adolescents and children who have various psychological, emotional and behavioral symptoms resulting from traumatic experiences and/or biological factors. I have worked for ten years in the area of Intensive Family Preservation, assisting families with parenting, discipline, parent/child relationship issues and children’s behavioral and emotional difficulties. Prior to this, I worked primarily with Severely Emotionally Disturbed children and adolescents in both residential and community based treatment programs.