I believe that genuine and meaningful connection is essential to overall health and wellbeing. Supporting young people to develop a sense of trust, safety, and belonging within the counseling relationship offers critical opportunities to take risks, be vulnerable, and experience the type of relationship that may have been hard to establish in the past. I also believe that helping young people to identify their unique strengths, interests, and talents is critical toward developing a healthy and confident sense of self, as they navigate all the social pressures and challenges associated with the adolescent years. I focus on empowering young people to find the motivation and develop the skills needed to make thoughtful, informed decisions about their lifestyle choices as they move toward independence and into young adulthood.
I have particular skill and expertise working with young people and their families struggling with a variety of substance use and mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and family conflict. I work with clients through various modalities including initial assessment and evaluation, individual and group counseling, family/parent support, consultation and, at times, a combination of all. My approach is solution focused and cognitive behaviorally informed, while integrating a variety of evidenced based principles/practices including 7 Challenges, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I look forward to helping in any way I can.