Welcome

Therapy is a place where one can learn to explore, express, and verbalize feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential setting, while working to effect positive change in the present, and hope for lasting change in the future.

 

I am a clinical social worker with 10 years of professional experience. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your family member to find solutions to life’s barriers and challenges.

 

Curious to know if therapy can be helpful? Feel free to contact me.

Whom Do I Work With?

 

I am most comfortable working with children as young as 8 years old to the young at heart.

 

Does any of this sound like your child?

  • angry, explosive, oppositional, or defiant
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • experienced a life-changing event
  • academic difficulties, has an IEP
  • “experimenting”
  • sad, emotional, or withdrawn
  • changes in interests or peers
  • consumes too much media
  • shy, difficulties making friends
  • surrounded by “drama”
  • prefer talking to peers than with parents
  • anxious, new fears, nervous
  • going through a transition
  • has a chronic medical condition

 

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, I would be honored to work with you and/or your child.

 

 I am certainly not limited by the topics above, therefore contact me with any specific concerns.

 

What’s Motivation Good For?

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Ever have to talk yourself into brushing your teeth? Probably never, and I bet you do it daily, or maybe twice a day.

 

How often do you say, “If only I had some motivation. . .I could. . .?” How long did it take for motivation to circle back to you, so you could complete your task?

 

How do we store up motivation? All the successful, beautiful, or productive people must have an endless ration of motivation, right? How come I missed that Groupon deal on stockpiling motivation?

 

What if I said, “what’s motivation got to do with anything?” You would probably tune me out, but I have asked this question, many times. Teenagers, boys, adults, females–all sorts of people at some point have used the explanation that they just ran out of motivation, lost their motivation, or never had any motivation. Does motivation have anything to do with anything? Read the rest of this entry »

What Boyhood Gets Right about Divorce

The holidays are long and gone, and hopefully many are still sticking to their New Year’s resolution. For others, now is the time that they are thinking/planning a divorce. For many couples, their marriage has been deteriorating for some time, but many choose to get through one last holidays for their kids or family, to avoid the awkwardness  around their extended family members, for tax implications, or due to other financial reasons at the end of the year. Depending on your source, many claim that January is when most divorces are filed, but it’s safe to assume from January to March there is a surge in divorce cases.

 

 

For those who are not familiar with the movie, Boyhood- the film follows the life of a boy over 12 years, which was also subsequently filmed over 12 years. Other than watching the characters ager over a decade, it is also a movie about divorce and single parenting. Here are some family dynamics that are common in divorce: Read the rest of this entry »

Honor Today

There are many things that I personally and professionally enjoy about yoga. As a counselor, I particularly like the words that are spoken in class -positive affirmations, thoughts of gratitude and blessings, and honor.

 

There’s always a moment at the beginning of the session where “honor where you are at,” is spoken. To me this is a gentle reminder to take an honest inventory of where I am at. This could imply that this is my first class in 2 months (so my body is going to react differently), it could be that I’m physically tired or emotionally drained, it could also imply various other things for different people. The reminder that this is “where I am,” allows me to have realistic expectations for self, and make alternative plans for the future, if I so desire.

 

I’m here, this is me, I owe it to myself to respect and honor where I am in this moment, and to fully be engaged and active in where I am at today.

 

Mondays can be a challenge, but it’s the beginning of a new weekday, and the possibilities are endless today.

 

How will you honor yourself today?

 

 

*photo credit: Washington Post