I provide individual counseling, couples/marital counseling, family counseling, & drug/alcohol assessments. My areas of concentration include:
I help clients go through the process of healing from traumatic experiences such as sudden or violent death of a parent, partner, or loved one; sexual/physical abuse; domestic violence; serious injuries and life-threatening illnesses; natural disaster and community violence. I also educate my clients on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the risk of emotional / psychological and physical symptomatology in later life.
Depression & Anxiety
I help my clients struggling with Depression and Anxiety develop coping skills and calming skills to reduce their overall symptoms, utilizing guided imagery and Cognitive Behavioral techniques.
Grief recovery is an integral part of my practice. My focus and work on grieving, stems from a personal experiences of losing beloved family members to death, and I find it interesting to walk the journey of recovery with my clients, having taken the path several times in my life-time, and helping them come to the point where they begin to see that they are capable to heal.
Stress Management / Anger Management
We experience stress on a daily basis, in the home, at work, at school, and in the community at large, and sometimes it becomes overwhelming, and can turn into anger problems when we do not nip that stress in the bud. Some anger problems are also due to mental illness. I help my clients identify the triggers and contributors to their stress, and or anger, and come up with strategies to help them significantly reduce their anger and stress levels. I also teach clients how to use guided imagery as a stress and anger management technique.
Interpersonal Relationships / Relationship Enhancement
I help my clients with interpersonal conflicts understand the role of personality in the way we view and interpret our world; their ability to reach a compromise while being who they are, as they make some shifts to accommodate and tolerate each other’s uniqueness, thereby enhancing their relationship and attaining satisfaction and contentment in such relationships.
They say change is the only thing that is constant in life. Sometimes we are not ready for some of the changes that occur in our lives, like having to adjust to the loss of, or separation from a parent, a move from our loved ones and familiar environment to a new environment, becoming single again after devoting several years in a marriage, etc. Some of us do well when we go through changes, some of us don’t. I help my clients struggling with adjusting to the changes in their life situations, to identify and implement coping skills to help them adapt to such changes.
Parenting Skills, Communication Skills; and Clear Boundaries in the Home
Who says parenting is the easiest job on earth? I have heard parents make such comments and ask such questions as “I am not a good parent”, “I wish I could be a better parent”, “What am I doing wrong?”etc.
Don’t we wish there was a clear-cut-one-fits-all manual for parenting? Parenting is actually more like a journey we take along with our kids as they grow from one stage of development to another, each child in his or her uniqueness.
I help families develop clear and positive boundaries in the home, as well as positive communication skills, having observed over the years that one of the major contributors to the conflict in the home between parents and children, is negative patterns of communication. They grow and we grow along with them.
Substance Abuse and Substance-Related Disorders
A lot of us have been directly or indirectly impacted by substance abuse or substance-related problems. I take into consideration my client’s level of change, when it comes to substance abuse treatment. It is not every time, that a client walks through the door aware of the need for them to change, or ready to change. I meet my clients at the level where they are and build on their strengths to help them become aware of the need to change; begin to contemplate change; prepare to change; or implement change.
DUI ADSAC Assessments
I am certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to administer DUI/DWI/ADSAC assessments. This drug and alcohol assessment could be court-ordered, referred by an attorney, or required by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the reinstatement of driver’s license.
I also work with individual children and adolescents struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD); Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD); and other mental health problems, to develop the coping skills to help them function well in their educational, interpersonal, and vocational lives.
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