My goal when providing counseling is to facilitate a freer perspective from which individuals can make choices about their life, and that this freedom will increase each individuals ability to promote their own healing and goals. One tool I use is to aim to provide education and feedback as needed to achieve this perspective. I first aim to actively listen to what each individual is saying about their life; who they are, where they came from, how they got to this point in their life, and where they may be going. I have found that providing this perspective can help an individual to objectively clarify their strengths, vulnerabilities, roadblocks, and add to their perspective about their life with any areas of difficulty. This perspective often helps to normalize much of what we experience in life’s processes, aids to gain a more holistic and affirming perspective of ourselves, and thereby strengthen our ability to face problems and move towards change and growth. Honesty in looking at ourselves helps to build a stronger foundation for success, and it is important to also recognize that “life” has many processes common we each have in common. In providing this feedback, I often function more as a midwife, healer, educator, and trainer. The processes we have in common include everything between birth to death, and everything in between. One of these processes I find helpful is to learn how what I call “The Wave” is part of this process and recognizing this helps normalize our efforts to understand ourselves and build skills that in the counseling field are often referred to as “recovery” or “emotional regulation skills.” I bring to this style of counseling 30+ years of experience in the counseling field, working with all age groups, most cultures, most forms of religion or spirituality, and many diverse lifestyles.
- LCSW License Number: C-10615
- PhD in Social Work and Music Therapy, Licensed Social Clinical Social Worker, and Master’s Level Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
Personal skills include: singer/songwriter, and writer/publisher.