I believe that every day is a gift. Through my own experience in therapy I learned how to increase self confidence, love myself, and live each day fully and presently. I started practicing yoga and found that it provided a sense of community I hadn’t expected. This led to further exploration in meditative practices, which I have found very helpful. Regular mindfulness practice and meditation reduce my day-to-day stress, and increase my clarity in working with clients. Mindfulness is one of many interventions that I teach and encourage clients to use to alleviate their symptoms. My goal is to give my clients the tools that achieve prompt relief and maintain long-lasting change.
I have been working in the counseling and social work field for 13 years. As an experienced therapist I help adults, teens, and couples with a wide range of concerns including: addictions, depression, anxiety, job and career dilemmas, trauma, stress management, relationships, and post-partum anxiety/depression. I will help you mindfully discover your relationship to your self, others, and the world.
My background includes a Master's Degree in Social Work — I am a Licensed Master's Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Michigan. I have a speciality in addiction counseling — Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). I perform Substance Abuse Evaluations for the Michigan Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). I have further training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Post-Partum depression.
I was a volunteer advocate for the YWCA Sexual Assault Program for over five years: http://www.ywcawcmi.org. I also led General Anxiety Groups at the Anxiety Resource Center: www.anxietyresourcecenter.org. Currently, I lead meditation groups through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness, and highly endorse their services. Check them out at http://grandrapidscenterformindfulness.com/.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.