Integrity. Commitment. Advocacy. Respect. Excellence. These are my professional values. My role in our therapeutic relationship is that of guide, not expert. Therapy may seem daunting and sometimes scary... but it doesn't need to be! When we work together, I am committed to your feeling emotionally safe, respected, encouraged, and supported. That means I will take the time to get to know you and what's bringing you in for therapy. We will identify treatment goals and collaborate on a treatment plan that combines evidence-based treatment with care you're comfortable with.
As a clinician, I am well trained and experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns-- depression, anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, parenting concerns, and more. I am passionate about helping people manage their chronic health conditions, particularly chronic pain, insomnia, and making healthy behavior change.
I am an integrative therapist who focuses on brief, positive, solutions-focused therapy. I incorporate a variety of techniques primarily drawing on cognitive-behavioral strategies. If you're new to therapy, the cognitive-behavioral approach recognizes that our thoughts and feelings about events influence our reactions (e.g., behaviors) to those events. All of us have developed patterns or ways of thinking about things. Sometimes these patterns of thinking aren't helpful and enforce negative feelings and behaviors. By changing how we think, feel, and react to what happens in our life we can hopefully live a happier and more meaningful life. Cognitive-behavioral treatment helps us do just that.
Additional specialty services: Doctor on Demand (online); Veteran disability evaluations via Veteran Evaluation Services (Anchorage, AK)
About Me: Wife, mother, veteran, and author. I tend to be pretty eclectic in my interests, so am well read on a lot of incredibly diverse subjects. As a working mom, I don't tend to get to watch a lot of television or movies that have plots more robust than what you would find in an episode of Ninjago. My family and I are Texans newly transplanted to Alaska. We love being surrounded by forests and mountains, and yes, even enjoying weather that never seems to get hotter than 80 degrees. I try not to take life too seriously and look for the humor and joy around me. If I had to pick a motto, it would probably be "embrace the suck and live a meaningful life anyway." Why is that? Because the world isn't always sunshine and roses, and I think it does no one any good to pretend to be Pollyanna. Sometimes the situation we find ourselves in really does suck-- but that shouldn't stop us from living well, with happiness, and with meaning.