In my personal life, often times people will ask how I became a counselor. I usually share that my intentions going into college were to go into physical therapy while majoring in psychology. Well, it turns out that the pre-PT science classes and I did not get along, but, go figure, I had no problems in my neuroscience classes. So I made the decision to let go of PT, and fully explore what my options were, which led me to social work. My original goal had been to help people recuperate from physical injuries. For the past ten years, I’ve been helping people achieve a different kind of healing, and also to maximize their potential, transform, and find answers/solutions. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s amazing how the brain organizes and processes information. Like with the word “Snuggie:” there are probably thoughts, feelings, images, colors, etc. that instantly flooded your mind when you read that. Similarly, many people have certain ideas of what therapy, counseling, or psychotherapy would be like. Most of these ideas come from TV or movies, or information that we’ve gathered throughout our lives. I wanted to share what working with me as your therapist/counselor would be and not be like.
P90X a home fitness DVD program designed to work your body to exhaustion via “muscle confusion,” to build strength, lose weight, and get fit. If you’re a believer and user of P90X, I’m happy for you, but therapy does not work like this. I create, provide, and maintain a safe and confidential physical space where you can express and explore feelings, thoughts, success, fears, etc. There is no equivalent of “muscle confusion” or working out to the brink of muscle spasms and fatigue. Not only would this be grossly irresponsible and disrespectful, it would also cause harm and pain, which are never the goals of therapy.
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
- sad, emotional, or withdrawn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.
Feel free to contact me for a NO OBLIGATION consultation.
I am certainly not limited by the topics above, therefore contact me with any specific concerns.