Currently Offering Telehealth Visits
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 work mainly now with adults around various life issues, parenting and family dynamics, LGBT, career and other life transitions. Experience with children's mental health and developmental disabilities, but unable to provide direct services for youth at this time. Prior to Covid, I provided services in the Durham/RTP area--seeing clients in their home with their own animals creating more emotional support. Presently only doing telehealth with a possible initial in person session, however I have a very small practice and can only see several clients at a time.
“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’ve volunteered with APS of Durham. Animal assisted therapy is generally done with the therapist's personal animal. My pre-Covid sessions were typically in home with you and your pet, developing more connection and emotional support. I’ve had to continue telehealth and with a small evening practice I am limited in taking on many new clients. I want to keep personal life balance but also be available and flexible for the clients I see.
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.
Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves animals into the 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 their own home.
I can provide clinical supervision for potential LCMHC in individual sessions or in pairs. This can be in the community and tailored to your specialty.
In Home Counseling Sessions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Caregiver Stress and Care Assistance
Clinical Supervision for LCMHC
Insurance accepted: Cigna, Aetna, BCBS of NC, and United Healthcare/jOptum.
I also accept private pay.
Unable to serve individuals who are Medicaid--eligible due to a professional conflict.
$120 per hour
$60 per hour for clinical supervision