Getting support from a counselor you trust can help you discover new ways of thinking about your problems, your relationships, patterns of interacting with others, as well as how you see yourself in the world.
I believe the relationship between client and counselor is the most important and most healing element in the therapeutic process. We will work together to help you understand your own thoughts, behaviors, choices and motivations more clearly. Once this happens, obstacles can be uncovered, you can begin to see things more clearly, and you can learn to make different and better choices, feel calmer and more peaceful.
I work with adolescents, adults and families and collaborate with my clients to find the right interventions for each person. Struggles are universal, but each of us is unique. Your therapy is tailored to fit your unique needs, comfort level, abilities and situation. My special focus areas are grief and loss, trauma, traumatic grief, anxiety and mood disorders. I have over 17 years of experience working with teens and adults on the autism spectrum. You can read more here about my view on psychotherapy and ASD.
As a therapist, I work from the perspective of human beings as whole, not sick or disordered. I believe we are naturally creative beings and that we all desire to move forward and create meaning in our lives. I believe we all want to do good, and to be good; and that peace is our true nature. I like to use creative methods in therapy and to help my clients find creative, expressive outlets that best help them to move toward wholeness and peacefulness. I use a blend of Cogitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Mindfulness-based CBT, yoga based therapy, breath work, relaxation techniques and expressive arts therapies.
In addition to my clinical training as a therapist, I am a certified yoga instructor, with training in relaxation and breathing practices for relief of stress, anxiety, and other difficulties. I've also had training in the yoga-based Integrated Movement Therapy ® and in yoga for grief and bereavement. I am also a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider and understand how trauma impacts us on all levels of our being. Grief and loss are integral parts of life, including non-death losses.
As a self-taught artist, I use many varied creative and expressive techniques in my work to help my clients find ways toward healing--this might include writing, journaling, painting, movement, cooking, gardening, building ,sculpting--anything that expresses who you are and what you carry inside. You can see some of my personal artwork in the Gallery.
Please feel free to call Richmond Creative Counseling 1-804-592-6311 to schedule your first appointment or manage existing appointments.
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