I provide individual counseling for adults. I help people with issues like depression, self-criticism, anxiety, life transitions, low self-esteem, perfectionism, social anxiety, lack of life purpose, self-doubt, relationship problems and rumination.
I use a counseling approach that integrates Meaning-Centered, Mindfulness-Based and Relational counseling approaches within a dialogical framework. From this perspective, psychological difficulties can arise when we make sense of our life in narrow and fixed ways. We get locked into a single story about what’s going on and our thinking becomes monological, making it hard to take in new information and respond creatively. Talk therapy helps by “opening things up.” By answering questions that encourage you to look at your situation from novel vantage points, your perspective on the problem will begin to change and new possibilities will emerge.
My work as a counselor is grounded in values such as authenticity, equality, curiosity, appreciation for difference, imagination, and openness to experience. I value being an attuned and responsive conversation partner. Whenever possible I look to elicit your ideas and impressions about the work we’re doing, its usefulness to you and things we can change to make it more effective. When I offer my perspective on an issue, I offer it as a perspective; as simply one more voice to add to add to the mix of voices you are considering as you come to your own conclusion.
I enjoy helping people clarify and become the person they want to be, especially in contexts where their preferred identity may clash with the expectations of culture, family and peers. I see the process of identity development as a relational one in that we come to know who we are through the experience of being known by another. For example, the fullness of our self-expression depends on the quality of listening provided by the person we are interacting with and the types of stories we share about ourselves—stories which shape our developing sense of who are—are influenced by the particular audiences we have available to us. All of this is to say that the process of conversing with others is terribly important in fostering our understanding of who we are. When we sense that a listener is not interested in what we’re saying, or that they have an agenda for us, we tighten the spigot on our self-expression, minimizing our presence in the interaction and missing out on opportunities for self-discovery. In your work with me, you will experience a prizing, non-coercive relationship in which you can feel safe sharing all the different aspects of your experience that you choose to.
Free Initial consultation (30 minutes)
$75 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 am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Wisconsin, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the NBCC. I hold a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Mount Mary University and have completed internship placements at The United Community Center and 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 the Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN) and the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling (WAPCEPC).
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