I believe happiness is a practice.  It is not something we are gifted with or entitled to, but rather it is an on-going practice that requires time, attention and dedication. Happiness is a state of mind that is cultivated from the inside out, not from the outside in. What really makes us happy is not what our culture and media may lead us to believe. I support individuals in their process of getting clear about what they want; working collaboratively, to identify goals and develop practices that will assist them in achieving their them goals while learning to practice happiness.  This work doesn’t have to be a drag; in fact, it can be quite rewarding and even fun.

I view couples counseling as having three components; Individual, Individual and Team.  Each component requires awareness and wholeness for them to function effectively as a unit. order for the three components to function effectively.  My approach uses Mindfulness principles in addition to the top research in the areas of relationships and interpersonal neurobiology to address the needs and goals of each component.

The ages of 12-24 have been identified as the period of Adolescence. This is a period of a brain under construction as it is undergoing massive growth and integration. It also can be a stressful and complex time, as one is learning to individualize themselves from their primary caregivers, while learning how to be a part of a peer community. I believe in educating adolescents about their brain and how to best “drive” their decision making, so they can be informed Drivers of their mind.  Establishing a therapeutic relationship is essential for trust building and creating an environment where teenagers can learn more about their authentic selves. We focus on tools and strategies that teach the self-awareness, goal attainment and emotional regulation.

I also work with families and children pre-adolescent, as early as 6 years of age.  It is my approach to teach parents how to observe the “whole child,” while providing mindfully based parenting tools that support their parent role.  Working with children, I teach mind/body awareness that has been shown to improve self-regulation skills, in addition to incorporating other theories and age appropriate practices.

Athletes / Professionals
Science-based methods utilizing mind/body techniques that increase mind/body awareness, define goals and improve performance.  Incorporating the brain-based psychotherapy tool of Brainspotting, clients will be introduced to how to overcome performance blocks and improve consistency in positive performance practices.

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