Working together to bring about lasting change
For over 20 years I've worked with families, couples, and individuals both young and old to build collaborative and goal directed relationships focused on creating real and lasting change. This passion for facilitating change has been expressed through my work as director of outpatient clinics and a residential treatment facility for young women. It's also involved direct clinical service with clients in Hawaii, Los Angeles, and in the suburbs and inner-city of Chicago and Milwaukee. I bring this diverse experience and understanding with me into each session.
We each have unique challenges and strengths. Honoring both while engaging the latter ultimately serves as the foundation for growth and positive change.
Those I work with are often seeking support for a variety of reasons. This may include anxiety, depression, survivors of traumatic experiences, executive and workplace stressors, familial and marital conflict, and problems managing life's many transitions. The ever-present goal remains harnessing one's ability to resolve conflicts and crises and move forward better prepared to cope with challenges as they arise and to appreciate the positive experiences that lie ahead. The approach used is built on the tenets of cognitive-behavioral therapy, is strength based and works to collaborate with those resources that will help people reach their goals.
Throughout it all though I strive to guide individuals toward their strengths, as well as find resources within their lives that will assist them along the way. Because, to me, psychotherapy is less about realizing who you "can be" and more about recognizing and appreciating the inherent strengths of who you are.
While work as a psychologist is central to my life, I also find balance in a range of passions. These include spending time with family, an endless array of woodworking projects and seizing any opportunity to surf our Great Lakes. And whether on a wave or staring out at another Lake Michigan sunrise, water remains central to keeping me grounded and in appreciation of the gifts that surround us in Southeastern Wisconsin.