MC, LPC, SEP
My practice centers around the knowledge of our divine natures and innate ability to heal. I primarily utilize somatic techniques to encourage clients to fully experience life and themselves. Because the healing power of animals has long been recognized, I also utilize animals (particularly horses) in the healing process if helpful to clients. I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Trauma Releasing Exercise facilitator. I also utilize traditional psychotherapy; CBT, DBT and EMDR techniques to assist fellow sojourners resolve blocks to intimacy and happiness. I have particular experience and passion in helping resolve issues related to childhood sexual and physical abuse and in assisting parents in strengthening relationships with their children. I have a private practice in Mesa, Arizona, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I see adults and adolescents for resolution of most emotional distress resulting in depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral challenges, sexual addictions, and attachment and intimacy difficulties. I provide these services utilizing Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Release Exercise (TRE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and traditional talk therapy techniques.
I conduct weekly 2-hour group therapy sessions called Life Skills Group. This group learns the skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We focus on skills of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Thought Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness (assertiveness) in this 5-month course. Many clients have found this to be a life-changing experience. I also see it as a wonderful journey of getting to know oneself on a very deep level. And “to know me is to love me,” right?
I have given many private and professional presentations and trainings on a wide range of topics including depression and anxiety, trauma, managing stress, effective communication, improving marital relationships, effective parenting skills, conflict resolution, preventing sexual abuse, impact of abuse, mindfulness, as well as introductions to the specific forms of therapy which I have been certified to use: Somatic Experiencing (SE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Release Exercise (TRE).