The teen years are a time of great excitement and magnificent discovery, but can also be a period of incredible pain and deep confusion. I have developed a deep compassion and empathy for adolescents and the powerful emotions that individuals in this stage of life often experience. I work to form a strong relationship with adolescents and their families to teach healthy relational skills while listening, validating, and offering hope. Utilizing an upbeat wellness approach, clients are encouraged to rediscover their own unique strengths, identity and creativity while developing healthy coping skills, emotional regulation, and self-acceptance.
From exploring the outdoors to trying new local coffee shops and farmer’s markets, I love adventure and discovery. I also enjoy sharing the journey of life with my husband and 3 children. As a homeschool mom, you might find me growing an ant farm, attempting a science experiment in the kitchen, or elbow deep in an art project with my kids. Two of my favorite ways to recharge are baking or cooking and exercise.
I am fascinated by neurobiological interpersonal research. The changes in the teenage brain are now observable through medical research. This leads us to a greater understanding of adolescent behavior, emotions, and development. In addition, we can view the changes that happen in the brain as the result of pursuing emotional health. I use imagery from the latest counseling brain research to assist my clients in picturing the actual changes they are making to their brain as they work through the counseling process.
“Life is relationships. The rest is just details.” – Gary Smalley