We are all capable of change and growth. Whether it be being kinder to ourselves, finding more kindness toward others, or achieving the goal or destination we always imagined for ourselves, counseling can help to facilitate change and to improve our lives.
As a mental health counselor, I work with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, life stress, work conflicts and relationship issues. I strive to make the counseling process as comfortable and rewarding as possible.
People are often curious about what counseling entails. Some are even a bit nervous about making a first appointment. The first session of therapy, and sometimes even the first few sessions, will focus on us getting to know each other and beginning the therapeutic process. I will listen, ask questions, and gather information about you so that I can fully understand your counseling needs. At the same time, you will be able to ask me questions and determine whether you believe I am the right counselor for you.
Some people come to their first session eager to talk. Other people have a harder time sharing information and require more direction and specific questioning. Either way is just fine. Your first session will last about an hour. By the end of the session, we will be able to start thinking about the goals of counseling, what you would like to achieve with therapy, and how I might be able to help.
As you continue therapy, we will work together to monitor your progress. Although counseling can sometimes be difficult, it has the potential for amazing rewards. Counseling often results in the solution of specific problems, healthier relationships, and an increase in well-being. As your counselor, I will ensure that I listen carefully, treat you with respect, and do my best to help you reach your counseling goals.
I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and have lived here most of my life. I attended Purdue University and graduated in 1999. After my graduation, I returned to Fort Wayne and began working in the legal field. Although I gained great experience through my work, I never felt that my career was where my heart was.
I realized that I had always felt the desire to work with people and to be a counselor. After almost a decade in the workforce, I decided to return to graduate school. I graduated from the University of Saint Francis, with a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. My graduate program included courses in counseling and therapeutic techniques, diagnosis, ethics, human growth and development, play therapy, human sexuality, substance abuse counseling, career counseling, and marriage and family counseling, as well as extensive clinical experience.
Since opening my practice in January of 2013, I have counseled individuals and couples dealing with behavioral concerns, life changes, stress, relationship issues, and mental health concerns. I work with clients to set counseling goals, monitor progress, and achieve change. Whether the focus of counseling is to overcome struggles with thoughts, feelings and behaviors; facing challenges in work, home, or relationships; or dealing with a life event, my job is to make the counseling process as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.
My practice is located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in a professional office park. My therapy room is comfortable and the space is designed to feel like a living room. My schedule for seeing clients is very flexible. I am able to schedule appointments during business hours as well as in the evenings and over the lunch hour. I am currently taking new clients.