I provide individual counseling for adults. My areas of clinical focus include depression, self-criticism, worry, anxiety, perfectionism, social phobia, absence of life direction, self-doubt and rumination.
I use a treatment approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This approach to therapy is comprised of two components. First, it involves developing mindful awareness of the ongoing flow of inner experience and the willingness to compassionately hold–rather than control–difficult thoughts and feeling that may arise. There are a number of good reasons for letting go of attempts to control inner experience, maybe the biggest being that the strategy just doesn’t work very well. Whether it’s trying to suppress an upsetting thought, or forcing yourself to “not be anxious” so you can get to sleep, these efforts at control often backfire, amplifying the inner experiences they are meant to eliminate. And even when control strategies do work in the short run, (for example, leaving a party in order to reduce immediate feelings of social anxiety), these strategies often prove to be unworkable in the long run. The good news is that there are more effective ways to work with difficult thoughts, feelings and moods using the mindfulness and acceptance skills cultivated in ACT.
The second component in ACT involves helping you reconnect with sources of meaning and purpose so that you can build a life around doing what truly matters to you. This is not always a straightforward matter, as we often find ourselves pursuing what others want for us—or what society at large tell us we should want—rather than what we find intrinsically important. A significant portion of the work in ACT involves helping you clarify what you value so that this knowledge can function as a kind of inner compass and an ongoing source of motivation. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a positive approach to therapy, in that the emphasis is not on getting rid of something (such as “negative thoughts”), but on building something—namely, committed action in service of what matters to you in life.
Free Initial consultation (30 minutes)
$60 per session thereafter (50 minutes)
I am sensitive to the concerns and strengths of highly sensitive individuals (HSPs) and introverts (estimated to make up 70% of HSPs). Recent research suggests that the sensitive individuals who are most susceptible to depression and anxiety under adverse conditions may have an increased capacity for flourishing under positive conditions. Given this heightened responsiveness to context, it may turn out that the 20% of the population defined as “highly sensitive” is especially capable of benefiting from the kind of environment created in therapy.
My Qualifications and Experience
I hold a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Mount Mary University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the NBCC, and have training licenses in the state of Wisconsin as a Professional Counselor (LPC-IT). I have completed internship placements in clinical mental health counseling at The United Community Center as well as in career counseling at WCTC/Workforce Development Center. In these settings, I worked with adults of all ages, with difficulties ranging from anxiety disorders to depression to trauma. I am a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling (WAPCEPC), and the Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN).
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