About My Clients
Are you or your child experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning problems, autism, OCD, or trauma symptoms? Does your family experience conflict in the parent-child or other relationships? I know the burden of wondering if things will ever get better, and the shame associated with feeling at fault. I also know that sweeping problems under the rug causes a bigger problem that you eventually trip over. I look forward to sharing the healing tools of acceptance and behavior therapy.
My Background and Approach
Since I started seeing clients as part of my graduate training (approximately 20 years ago), I have been working on conducting and developing exercises that help children, teens, and adults relate better to their difficult thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. I believe that some things are out of our control and that trying to control them only makes us more upset. I can help you and your child learn to accept those things and learn new ways to cope when life gets tough. I have co-authored a parenting book and authored a children's picture book series, as well as approximately 40 research articles on acceptance and mindfulness. I frequently attend training to stay up on the latest therapy knowledge so that I can share it with you and/or your child and your family. My greatest hope is that I can help you know that you are greater than your negative thoughts and feelings and you (or your child) can accomplish living a life that matters to you/them.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I have two phrases that reflect my thoughts about people, behavior, & life. The first phrase is Whole, Complete, Perfect. I truly believe that people are not missing pieces. I think we all have what we need to live our values. We all have flaws, but we are perfectly imperfect in my opinion. I believe we are shaped by a interacting combination of our genetics, internal, and external environments that leads us to the moment we are in right now. Because of this, how we behave could not be any other way. And, it simply is what it is. Not bad. Not good. We can shift our environments - powerfully - and thus change our behavior. I think therapy causes this shift. I have experienced it, as a client and as a clinician. When we change our behavior, it is for a reason. That leads to the second phrase: What For? I want to know what motivates a person's behavior. I think we do behaviors for a purpose. I believe our values and our vulnerabilities determine the purpose. I value making a difference.