I am a tireless advocate and devoted partner in healing for my patients, driven to pursue justice and healing. I believe in empowerment.
Counselor in Tucson, AZ
Supervised by Janet O’Conner, LPC 0187-1194782177
I help patients to identify how key attachments in our lives can influence our ability to explore and embrace living in the question, which is necessary for healing. The process is 16 weeks in length, structured, and psychoeducational, resulting in life-long learning, self-determination, and growth.
I help patients to identify thought patterns that are driving maladaptive behaviors, and replacing them with thoughts that enhance overall daily functioning and mind-body-spirit connections. The process involves cognitive processing of you week or day, examining what if scenarios, and targeting specific behaviors or patterns to change.
I help my patients to identify coping and problem solving skills, clarify values and purpose, and free themselves from imposed stigma, negative stereotypes, and diminishing views of self. The process involves exploring and reframing pivotal moments in psychosocial development.
Anxiety is often triggered by people, places, or things in a way that come as a shock to us. This leaves us unprepared to manage the upheaval that it causes. I help people to get better at finding out what buttons get pushed, and how to uninstall them. Identifying triggers is the first step toward getting a handle on anxiety. However, sometimes people require more than therapy to address more chronic and severe anxiety, in which case I believe in partnering with medical providers to help.
The stories we live by can impact the severity and duration of the pain we experience when we lose someone or something of significance. Grief and loss are also complicated by a lot of other things that come up rather unexpectedly following a shock or loss of some sort, such as abandonment, past regrets or failures, or even just a change in daily routines or surroundings. I approach grief and loss in a manner that memorializes the loss, to celebrate life and learning.
I help people pinpoint the social, environmental, and health factors contributing to depression, acknowledging and addressing the physical challenges and mental anguish it can cause. Like anxiety and grief, depression is often made worse when it comes unexpectedly. The more aware we are of the patterns of our emotions, the better we can prepare for and respond to periods of despair. I help people track and analyze what is going on, to find the best treatment for them.
There are times when therapy alone is not enough. No matter what you do, you can't stop crying, or you can't sleep or focus, with your mind racing and feeling irritable, energized, or driven. I help people recognize when it is time to see a medical professional, and provide integrated care to ensure that they are stable enough to benefit from therapy. Together, we can work through the process of becoming whole, and creating balance in your life so that you can be all you were meant to be.
I believe that therapy is most effective when accompanied by structured implementation of what you have learned. So, I give homework. I will ask you to do things like journaling, completing a life review or workbook, increasing movement like dance, walking, or weight training, getting a massage or taking a bath, and using creative expression, music, or pet therapy to stimulate your senses.
I like to do a lot of processing, mainly because I believe that the answers are in your head somewhere already. I basically teach people how to identify errors in thinking or perception, and how to reframe, deconstruct, reconstruct, and author their narrative identity. I also examine the relationships between beliefs, feelings, intents, and actions, in order to help people develop ways to enhance the way they function in relationships, at work, and at home.
I view people within the context of their lived experiences. Each person is influenced by the culture of their family of origin, where they grew up and where they have lived, the political climate, their peers, their faith communities, and other social factors differently. The more I appreciate and know who you are, the more I can validate and affirm your identity and positive self-view.
Anxiety, depression, and grief are part of the natural human experience. But, at times, they can reach a level of intensity that is overwhelming. I teach Emotional Freedom Techniques, Progressive Relaxation, Reflective Practice/ Mindfulness to help people not to feel so overwhelmed.
I have worked with people experiencing anxiety and depression for 26 years, utilizing coping skills education, cognitive processing, and sensory integration techniques. I encourage people to get in touch with how their body informs them of stress and anxiety long before their brain does, so that they can engage in self care to minimize its impact. I am trained in art, drama, and dance therapy, sensory integration work, and psychoanalysis, in addition to cognitive processing.
I have been working with older people for 15 years, and am trained to address dementia related behaviors, depression, anxiety, grief, and end of life issues. My dissertation was about using self-directed life reviews to deal with internalized ageism, and to achieve wholeness by completing an ethical life story will for future generations.
I have a doctorate in transformational leadership and social change theory, built upon the pedagogy of the oppressed. I have also been an advocate in the domestic violence field for over 30 years, helping people to overcome internalized ageism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia by unpacking the ways that they blamed themselves for abuse.