I am a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I earned my MA in Counseling from Ottawa University, with a concentration in the treatment of trauma, abuse and deprivation, and my BA from Colgate University in New York. I’m also the ghostwriter of a book on trauma by J. Eric Gentry, founder of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and vice president of the Arizona Trauma Institute. Dr. Gentry and I are currently collaborating on a book for professional and personal caregivers on the treatment of compassion fatigue.
My therapy career began at Psychological Counseling Services LTD, a nationally recognized provider of intensive outpatient therapy programs. I’ve also had the privilege of counseling adults, children, families and couples at Catholic Charities and working as a school counselor at St. Agnes Parochial School in Phoenix. Currently, I work under the direct supervision of Roxanne R. Domek, PLLC, who has more than 25 years of experience counseling individuals and families in South Dakota and the Phoenix area. But I believe my greatest assets are my broad life experience and the deep and instinctive sense of empathy I bring to others.
As a child, I traveled the globe with my family as a “state department brat,” so I understand the challenges children and families face as they contend with change and disruption in their lives. I’m a wife and mother with a 30-year marriage and two grown children, so I’m all too familiar with the pleasures and pangs that arise when one’s children leave the nest. After a successful career as a marketing executive, I launched and ran my own business for more than 20 years before deciding to pursue my long-held dream of becoming a professional counselor, so I appreciate and understand the challenges one faces in making a midlife career change.
I place great importance on establishing a trusting, supporting relationship with clients that allows us to work together in close collaboration to pursue meaningful therapeutic goals. I feel strongly that every individual, couple and family is unique, so I draw from a variety of therapeutic traditions and modalities, including EMDR, cognitive behavioral strategies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mind-body approaches, mindfulness techniques and expressive art therapy. I have found that EMDR can be particularly helpful, not only for clients contending with trauma but also as a method for visualizing and enacting positive change.
I’m a good fit for anyone who is contending with anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one, relationship and attachment issues and parenting challenges. I also enjoy working with children and teens who are navigating the stresses of transitioning from childhood to adolescence and onward to a confident and productive independence.
If there's one thing I’ve learned, it's that none of us can do it alone. This is my commitment to you: I will serve as your trusted partner who will hold your hope for you when you feel hopeless. I will be the guide you can rely on when the way ahead is unclear and you fear you might be losing your way. And I will stand by you every step of the way until your journey to a new and better life is complete.