We are more complex than our personalities alone. We have history, depth and wisdom.
Here is my story – my parents were born in 1912 and 1921. They lived through the depression, married during World War II and raised my siblings during the 50s. I was raised in the 60s and 70s. I grew up watching Lawrence Welk, I Love Lucy and Laugh In. My brother served in the Vietnam War. I remember the first time we were allowed to wear pants to school and I wore my bright orange polyester pant suit.
I understand that we are all influenced by the history we lived through. We are influenced by our families and our vocations. And we are influenced by the hard times – modern psychology now recognizes the profound impact of traumatic events.
As the saying goes – – I get it. I’ve worked with older adults and their families for over 30 years. Getting to know baby boomers in their 70s and folks in their 90s and 100s has been a fascinating and meaningful experience.
I’ve also worked with many, many families. Suddenly, siblings are thrown back into each other’s lives as they take on new roles with their aging parents. Some are part of the “sandwich generation”, caring for their children and parents at the same time. Others have retired themselves and continue to support their elderly parents.
I look forward to hearing your story, helping you find answers and pursuing a life of fulfillment.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – University of Florida
Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling – University of Florida
Specialist of Education in Mental Health Counseling – University of Florida
California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #1506
National Certified Counselor
National Certified Gerontological Counselor
American Society on Aging
California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
American Mental Health Counselors Association
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My Approach and Values
Aging is most obvious in its changes to the body. Parts wear out. I approach the whole person, am knowledgeable about normal aging, chronic diseases and diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. As a therapist and consultant, I work with my client’s medical team to address the aspects of their changing bodies that could also be affecting their mood. I am sensitive to the needs of the mind, body and the spirit and am an expert in matters of the heart.
I see aging through the lens of human development. Within the predictable stages of aging, a wide variety of events can occur along the way. I explore my clients’ personal histories in psychotherapy to understand the circumstances and experiences that have shaped their current situations. Themes that may emerge in these stories are loss and grief, quality of life and the search for meaning.
SAFE AND COMPASSIONATE
We are each our own worst critics. Asking for help is not a weakness. I work with clients to create a setting in therapy where they won’t feel evaluated or judged, but accepted and respected. My compassionate approach helps to strengthen those self-acceptance and self-compassion muscles so that clients can access them more readily on their own.
While exploring emotional concerns with a therapist is important, environmental factors can also influence mood and thoughts. My work in geriatrics has shown that multi-sensory stimulation helps improve health and well-being. I work with my clients to identify what specific exercises, outdoor activities and mental stimulation will benefit their mental health. We look at ways that experiencing beauty, creativity and fun will help to heal the spirit and the soul.
POSITIVE AND STRENGTH-BASED
I believe that people want to lead meaningful and satisfying lives. All people have innate and learned strengths that can be considered in therapy. We will draw upon the field of Positive Psychology to focus on healing emotional pain in order to experience the best things in life such as love, pleasure and fulfillment.
Articles, books and websites can help clients see problems from an objective point of view. I also suggest using diagrams, activities and journals to develop insight into their own ways of problem solving. They shift the focus from feeling overwhelmed to feeling more in control.