(UPDATE: My friends, it feels like the world has turned upside-down, right? We will get through this together. For the time being, I am meeting with my clients via video conference as part of our collective efforts to be responsible through social distancing. We may have to maintain a responsible distance, but we can still be connected!) I believe that we all have issues and struggles in life and there are times when we need a trained professional counselor to help us navigate through life's storms. My philosophy is that every person is responsible to create meaning in their lives and to fulfill our potential as human beings. My approach is empathetic, and non-judgmental. It is my goal with every individual, every couple, and every family to help facilitate peace, joy and a sense of fulfillment in their lives.
I work with many people who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Every person has a unique life story that never fails to capture my interest. Every person, every couple and every family come to counseling seeking resolutions to life circumstances that disrupt their sense of well-being. I take seriously my commitment to help empower others to live the lives they long to lead. While each one of us is unique--there will never be another you or another me--we also share a common humanity. If you think you are alone in your problems, please know that you are not.
Having been trained by the EMDR International Association, I integrate EMDR therapy into my practice. You can view a short, 10-minute video about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) here. I also have specialized training in couples therapy through The Couples Institute, which involves a one-year commitment to expanding knowledge and skills for couples therapy.
I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, cultural, faith and ethnic backgrounds. My life experience has provided me with a particular understanding of the law enforcement culture.
I earned a doctorate at the University of Nevada, Reno in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am licensed in the State of Nevada as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.