I have been serving adults, children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings in the greater Kansas City area for the past eleven years. I work primarily with adults in individual therapy, although I do devote a portion of my practice to working with teens and young adults. I am a graduate of the Leading Edge leadership program, a proud member of Warriors' Ascent (which focuses on providing trauma treatment to Veterans and First Responders), a member of the advisory board of The Resilient Activist, and I am a Climate Aware Therapist and part of the Climate Therapists Network. I also teach a community practice class through Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness.
In my practice, I focus largely on building resilience in order to set and achieve goals, and I like to work with my clients in a strengths-based manner to help them identify and achieve their goals. Over the course of my career, I have developed a deep understanding of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, and have helped hundreds of clients grow and find the strength within themselves to conquer some of life's most difficult challenges.
My practice includes assisting clients to work through a variety of difficulties and achieve positive growth. Some of the types of issues I most frequently encounter include:
I work with individual clients from early adolescence to late adulthood, and, although I devote most of my practice to working with adults in individual therapy, a portion of my practice is also dedicated to assisting adolescents and young adults who struggle with the many challenges that these years of life can bring.
I find that a holistic approach to wellness, in which I believe that every person has within themselves the power and capacity to heal, is the most effective approach to therapy. I focus on working with my clients' strengths and enhancing their positive attributes to overcome life's obstacles--regardless of whether those obstacles arise from grief/loss, depression, anxiety, stress, or any of the myriad of challenges that we face in our lives. In doing so, I strive always to help people create joy in their lives, to find out more about who they are and what they want, and explore strategies to get there safely.
I am dedicated to facilitating the implementation of trauma-informed and mindfulness-based self-care practice in all settings, and I strive to build awareness and resilience and create a safe and compassionate environment for self-exploration. Mindfulness implementation is very important to me in therapy; I encourage my clients to develop a mindful awareness of themselves and the experiences that have helped shape their life, and to harness this awareness to help them to move forward in an intentional and purpose-driven manner.
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