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Welcome! I’m so glad you are exploring the possibility of therapy. You may be visiting this page in this moment because life is overwhelming. Your history may be feeling burdensome, and hope may seem distant. These are common human experiences, and you are not alone.

One of the most encouraging things to know about mental health is that it is not dependent on how good or bad the moments in our life are. What is important is how we hold, organize and make sense of each of our life experiences. When we can learn to tenderly embrace all that makes us who we are–accepting the reality of the tragic while keeping our hearts open to the beautiful–we learn how to live a life full of power and purpose. I am excited to be part of your journey as together we explore the moments, experiences, and sensations that have made you uniquely you.

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I Specialize In Reaching Kids

For the last two decades I have specialized in the art of Play Therapy, working with children who are experiencing life challenges such as divorce, grief and loss, OCD, separation anxiety and behavioral challenges. I work with parents and families, teaching skills you can use at home to connect more deeply and joyfully with your children.

Teen & Adult Therapy

Teens face intense stressors from multiple sources–pressure at school to perform above grade level, demanding athletic competition, challenging peer interactions, as well as family changes and transitions. Having someone in their life who is outside the hubbub of home, school and sport to teach them stress management skills and ways to navigate intense emotion, has benefits that reach far into their future.


Staying in Your Zone with Help Now! Skills

Contrary to popular belief, stress is good for you. But like red wine and dark chocolate, only in moderation. A moderate amount of stress can motivate you, give you energy, help you run a race, or gift you with laser-like focus for a challenging task. Heart rate and breath rate automatically increase to pump oxygen-saturated…
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What Else Is True?

During the past three years of journeying through a global pandemic, I’ve had lots of opportunities to process the idea of what it means to be a resiliency-informed trauma therapist. And I have come to believe that being resiliency informed is a more expansive task than simply being trauma-informed. A scene from the movie Inside…
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Listening For Change

“Listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” —Cheryl Richardson Listening. It is one of my favorite meditative practices. I can sit outside for hours listening with a smile to the vibrant, and sometimes vitriolic, communication of the birds of my neighborhood. I cherish quiet moments sitting with closed eyes and open ears,…
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Kids do well if they can

The Collaborative Problem Solving approach of Stuart Ablon and Ross Greene is a profound paradigm shift in working with children who struggle behaviorally. When we believe that kids “choose” to misbehave, “choose” to get in trouble, or “choose” to fail in school, we are coming from what I believe to be a flawed perspective. In…
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