“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” – American actor, director, and activist Christopher Reeve
Clinical Social Worker in Brewster, MA
Person-centered therapy is a counseling approach that I employ to emphasize the importance of the client’s strengths and perceptions about him or herself. It places a focus on how the client’s thoughts and feelings affect their actions. It is grounded in Carl Rogers’ theory of “personhood” which holds that people are inherently good and that they can use their own experiences to reach their full potential. I act as a compassionate facilitator, listening and acknowledging without judgment
I employ Family therapy to help people with many different issues including changes within the family , communication problems, death of loved one, Divorce, separation, or marital problems Parent-child conflicts, problems between siblings, parenting, and stressful events or major life transitions. This form of treatment addresses communication so family members can learn how to better share their thoughts and needs and resolve conflicts in a way that is less likely to damage relationships.
Spending time trying to figure out why something is the way it is may not be the answer. Rather, I employ CBT to help clients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. Learning about your mental health condition and practicing techniques such as relaxation, coping, stress management and assertiveness all promote positive outcomes for clients.
As a former Adoption Social Worker, I am very familiar with the long and complex process of adopting a child, specifically through MA DCF. I have worked with families who are fostering to adopt, as well as, those going through the licensing process. So many uncertainties can often lead to stress and anxiety. I am confident that with my background, I can help to support you so you can better handle the challenges as you work towards your goal of finalizing the adoption of your child/children.
As a former MA DCF Social Worker, I am familiar with the foster care system from the perspective of parents who have had their children removed, as well as, that of foster parents who are providing safe and caring homes while awaiting reunification. I spent many hours with children who were placed in foster care, helping them to manage the extreme range of emotions that comes with this traumatic experience. I am confident with my background, I can be a support to you now.
In addition to my own personal experiences, I have experience with people who have suffered loss in a variety of ways. Grief is so complex and specific to your individual experience. Loss of self to injury or illness; loss of a loved one to chronic illness, death or adoption, loss of a beloved pet. If any of these apply to you, there is hope for brighter days, and I am happy to support you through this process.