What I do
I specialize in Trauma/PTSD Recovery, Relationship issues and Eating Disorders/Weight Loss.My approach is eclectic, including various modalities ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Behavior Modification, Emotion Focused Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I have extensive training and /or certification in all the modalities I have presented.
My clinical interests center on mindfulness and the neuroscience of attachment. I cultivated this interest by additional post graduate work in forensic neuroscience which allowed immerse myself in understanding the distinct connections within our brain as we connect with others and/or our own human behaviors.
I was different from most kids growing up, as I wished to become a Psychologist one day. When most kids were dreaming about becoming an astronaut or ballerina, I wanted to help people. Why did I discard the average childhood dream for something far less glamorous? It was because of the trials I faced at home that affected me to my very core.
I grew up in a very chaotic environment fueled by alcoholism, violence, anger and abuse. Every day was filled with horrific challenges. I never knew what was going to happen to me. Many times I would hope and pray I could simply survive the abuse. I did not have anyone to turn to who would understand what I was going through. So at a young age, I decided I would grow up and be that person.
Life goes on. At 18 I was sent out on my own. I worked two jobs to put myself through college. Prior to my senior year, I was swept away from Wisconsin to Florida by an aspiring professional golfer, I barely knew. I had to put my education on hold- we had a family. My dream would have to wait.
Sometimes things do not work out as planned. My marriage ended. I had two children to raise. I finished college, but had to put graduate school on hold. I was struggling. I was a single mom working two jobs in order to support my two young boys and keep them in a good Christian-based school. Life was not easy, but I still held my dreams of one day helping people in a professional capacity.
Years later a new chapter unfolded. I thought I met the man of my dreams. He was going to solve everything. I was going to be financially secure and my boys would grow up in a normal household. Everything was going to be okay and I felt blessed beyond words in meeting the most wonderful man. But as I have learned from previous life experiences, sometimes things do not work out as planned.
The man of my dreams turned in to my nightmare. My marriage ended. My children were away at college and I did not have any living family. I was alone. I was as alone as I had been growing up in all the chaos in Wisconsin. This, by far, was the most challenging trial of life.
I survived through the love and support of my strong faith, exceptional friends, my boys and my very special labradoodle. I took all my self doubt and negative feelings and used them to power me through graduate school.
Trials Into Triumph
I now use the experiences I have gone through as a special way to connect with clients that are experiencing their own personal trails of life. My trials were one of my greatest blessings. I would never have the empathy and unconditional positive regard to help others reach their goals. I could not be more thankful for the hardships I have endured.They created a path for me to achieve my childhood dream and opened doors for a wonderful career in helping others.
Life trials can definitely produce one’s GREATEST TRIUMPH! I am living proof and now want to help you turn your trial into a Triumph!