I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), with experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Schema Therapy. I am getting training in Neurofeedback, and I have experience with Heart Rate Variability and Brain Entrainment. I occasionally use a Wii balance board to encourage and practice self-regulation of the central nervous system, and I have some training in music therapy. I give out a lot of hand-outs, which my clients say is very helpful as a reminder of what we talked about and what they might want to experiment with on their own. I like to give my clients information about the mind-body-spirit connection, emotional intelligence, healthy boundaries, and communication skills. Helping my clients understand why they react and behave the way they do gives them the confidence they need to change their reactions and behaviors.
A natural teacher, motivator and encourager, I entered the field of counseling to hone the skills that others often complimented me on in my social and work interactions. Having overcome many of my own personal life challenges, I relate well to others who struggle to make sense of a world that doesn’t make sense. I have been able to empower many of my clients by giving them the tools they need to identify and express emotions appropriately, improve self-awareness, learn healthier coping skills, and discover the motivation necessary for change to occur.
While in Harrisburg working for the PA Dept of Human Services (DHS), I was invited to join the Leadership Development Team as an adjunct trainer, giving presentations on such topics as communication skills and emotional intelligence. I am currently in the process of creating educational videos for topics such as Overcoming Anxiety, Dealing with Depression, Processing Anger, Relationship Skills, Care for Trauma Survivors, and Emotional Intelligence, and I am available to speak at churches, civic organizations and corporations.
I will be conducting workshops, classes, and support groups for mindfulness, communication skills, anger management, personality disorders, women’s issues, and any other emotional or mental health needs that become evident.