I work with adult individuals and couples who may be struggling with issues related to the following:

Issues Addressed
  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Borderline Personality
  • Highly Sensitive/Emotional People
  • Substance Abuse
  • Co-Dependency / Boundaries
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Family Conflict
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Grief / Loss
  • Anger
  • Self-Esteem / Identity
  • Coping skills
  • Communication skills / Assertiveness
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Intimacy / Trust
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Decision making / Goal setting
  • Negative thinking patterns / Cognitive restructuring
Therapy Approaches
I believe that a therapist needs to be well-versed and experienced with different techniques and theories. With that said, it’s important to choose a therapist who specializes in just a few areas so as not to be a “jack of all trades and a master at none”. By using an effective combination of closely related methods that compliment each other, I can tailor therapy to fit your specific needs. I work in collaboration with my clients to decide our plans for treatment drawing from their own wisdom and the following therapeutic approaches:
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • The Gottman Method
  • Family Systems
  • Motivational Interviewing
Telehealth and In-Home Counseling Options

My services are offered to any resident of AZ, near or far. I see clients in my office or online for those who live further away or simply prefer to meet from the comfort of their own homes. I have seen clients who live in Flagstaff, Tucson, Yuma, Tuba City, and many towns in between. I use a HIPAA compliant Telehealth / video conferencing option designed specifically for counseling for your privacy and convenience.

I offer in-home counseling for women who prefer having private in-person psychotherapy/counseling/coaching sessions in the comfort of their own home. This can be especially helpful for those who have medical issues that prevent them from driving or who struggle with anxiety when leaving the safety of their home. Call today for a free 10 minute phone consultation for more information about in-home counseling or any other therapy services.

Process & Psychoeducation Groups
groupHello! I’m glad you were open to considering group as either a primary approach to addressing your concerns or as a way to enhance your individual therapy. Group is not only an affordable alternative to individual counseling for those who are watching their budgets, but it also offers certain benefits that one cannot get from individual therapy alone.

Group therapy is for people who are committed to personal growth and to helping others grow. There are tears and laughs, conflict and support all shared in an environment of respect, honesty, encouragement and inspiration. 

The members of the group all share challenges that are interfering with their goals. By conveying our problems and feelings to others, we find that they too share these feeling and we are not alone. Through open discussion, our various defense mechanisms are recognized and resolved. We find a logical approach to our problems. As our old defenses are found unnecessary, we find we can control ourselves by our increased ability to change. We learn we cannot avoid stress. Instead, we find we can learn to cope with it. Through self-disclosure and opening discussing our feelings, we become more outgoing person, less compelled to please others at all costs to ourselves. Through this process we gain the acceptance and love of others and we are rewarded with serenity, peace of mind, and the happiness we are all seeking. The common concern of the group is that each of us helps the other become a well person.

Click on the following link which covers: “What is Group Therapy”. This page includes common questions and myths about group therapy.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills training
stonesDBT skills are not just useful for those diagnosed with certain mental health disorders; they are extremely effective tools to add to anyone’s self-care toolbox. You will feel more equipped to face not only those very intense situations, but also the everyday stressors that all humans endure over our lifetime.

You may be happy with your individual therapist and would also like to learn more about DBT skills to enhance your progress. As a certified DBT therapist, I can work with you and your current individual therapist to learn to use DBT skills effectively during and in between sessions. These skills have been found to help individuals to live more full and satisfying lives with less conflict and more peace of mind. We do this by practicing living mindfully and learning practical skills to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and increase interpersonal effectiveness. Once you feel more in control and regulated, you may have more confidence to explore those unresolved issues that can be frightening for some.

Call today for more information about DBT skills training.

coachWelcome to my life skills coaching practice. I am committed to helping you toward whatever your goal is for our time together. I offer personal consultation/coaching that looks at each aspect of your life that is important to you, with the aim of improving your general well being. These could be: family, work, relationships, health, finances, life/work balance, spirituality, personal growth, hobbies and interests, or anything else that is important to you?

I will use my psychotherapy training and practical style to help you improve and find purpose in your overall lifestyle. I will meet you where you are and I will work with you, as a collaborator, to help you define, clarify and realize your goals.

My purpose is to help you close the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future.

Conference Presentations / Public Speaking / Community Education / Corporate Presentations / Consulting
speechI enjoy public speaking and have been honored to present at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) national conference and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) national conference. From my work as a psychological autopsy investigator, I am able to provide consultation services to hospitals and clinics related to suicide assessments and prevention strategies. I have been a consultant/trainer/speaker for several local news organizations, libraries, hospitals, universities, and treatment centers. I am available for presentations and/or interviews on topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • Grief / Loss
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy / Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Mindfulness
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Depression and/or Anxiety
  • Communication skills / Assertiveness / Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • DSM5 / Psychopathology / Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Brain Health
  • Coping skills / Distress Tolerance / Emotion Regulation
  • Goal Setting & Anti-Procrastination Tools
  • Identifying Defense Mechanisms and Strengths
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction and Recovery for the Whole Family
  • Suicide

Please call to discuss any topics that you are interested in that are not listed here.