Whether you have a particular life challenge you’re trying to overcome, or just daily stress and issues getting in the way of finding joy, we can work through it together. Sometimes, seeking help is the best way to put things into perspective. I've worked with parents and young children, adolescents and adults, LGBT, issues around physical and developmental disabilities and other life transitions. I provide in home services in the Durham/RTP area or in my home office--the main thing is for you to feel comfortable.
I most often see clients in their home with their own animals...creating more emotional support
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
I've always wanted to incorporate animals into therapeutic activities. My family has 4 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues and I volunteer at APS of Durham. Animal assisted therapy is generally done with the therapist's personal animal. For our sessions, I can meet in your Durham /RTP/ Southpoint area home and have your pet with you if that's more comfortable, or in my home office...it's your time and we can decide what works best for you. And if you're considering adoption, I'd love to help you find the perfect SoulMutt of your own to love and care for.
I graduated in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1986. After working in medical rehabilitation for some years, I completed my masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1998 from California State Los Angeles. I became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, which focuses on employment, accommodations and increasing independence for individuals with disabilities. My focus shifted towards mental health counseling working with young children, adolescents, parents and adults.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHC-S) 2014
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) 2004
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) 2018
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) 1999-2019
Certified Animal Assisted Psychotherapist--in process
Our individual sessions are driven by your goals and needs. I try to create an environment of trust, open communication and some humor to help you feel comfortable. I use a variety of techniques but more importantly I will listen and help guide you through whatever decisions and stuggles you need support.
If your family is going through a tough time -- whether it's from stress, anger, or grief-- family therapy can make a difference. It can help parents, children, or members of an extended family learn to communicate better and work through conflicts. This may include difficulty around parenting, illness in the family or other transitions.
Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve client’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Animals can bring us such joy and peace, but can also teach us about ourselves and assist us in learning tools to cope with stress. Animals regularly participate in activities within schools and hospital settings to improve confidence and for relaxation. For our sessions clients can have their animal with them for support in thier own home.
I can provide clinical supervision for potential LPCs in individual sessions or in pairs. This can be in the community and tailored to your specialty focus.
Sometimes we need help finding other resources for ourselves or loved ones. I can help with those needs, letters of support, caregiver resources and other "case management" type activities.
In Home--Community Sessions
Early Childhood Consultation
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Caregiver Stress and Care Assistance
Clinical Supervision for LPC
Insurance accepted: Cigna, Aetna, BCBS of NC, United Healthcare/Optum and Workplace Options (EAP)
I also accept private pay.
Unable to serve individuals who are Medicaid--eligible.
$120 per hour for therapy
$60 per hour for care management activities
$60 per hour for clinical supervision
Durham, NC, 27713