Living your life, with all of its glory and tragedy, sometimes begs for help along the way, asking for guidance, and that's why I'm here.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Johnson City, TN
Having experienced several life transitions of my own, I understand the distress, fear, grief, and other emotions that may accompany them. Life isn't fair and is always changing on us, as we try to navigate our new paths. My goal is to help you stay in the "flow," and move forward, to not just stay afloat, but to enjoy the scenery as you do. I wish to help you age gracefully and grow in areas such as wisdom, patience, and acceptance of self.
For several years, I have been honored to help guide and support therapists and counselors in my community. I understand the life of a therapist, and all its intricacies that accompany being in this role. I am very familiar with burnout, compassion fatigue, boundaries, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. I wish to help my colleagues be well, and to grow in their abilities, so that they may be all they can be to their clients.
I have vast experience working with clients in toxic relationships, helping individuals with a loved one who is self-destructive, and aiding those who have found themselves in very unhealthy connections. I will work with you on setting healthy boundaries, learn how to "hold on loosely," and learn how to say no, without feeling bad or somehow at fault. I have led support groups on this topic throughout my career.
I offer a problem-solving approach to help clients develop new perspectives and strategies for issues that may not require a long time in counseling to resolve. These are often life adjustments, quite common for many of us, that need some extra help to find doable solutions. We will identify short-term goals and assess progress throughout the counseling process.
As an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, I support clients in nature connection practices, for the purpose of embodiment thru the senses, and to experience wholeness with nature. This is typically a two and a half to a three hour slow walk in a nature setting, in which invitations are offered to experience the more-than-human world, for physical and mental health benefits. With all of modern life's distractions, being in nature opens the senses and deepens our relationships and wellbeing.
I hold a counseling space that is accepting, receptive, and one that offers unconditional positive regard of others. I strive to "be" with my clients and demonstrate an empathetic understanding to my clients. I want to understand my clients' point of view and remain genuine with them at all times.