It probably started with a simple Google search, but after sifting through countless profiles and outdated websites, you started to wonder if it was even worth it.
Maybe you left a couple of messages but didn’t hear back. The process alone can sometimes be enough to make people want to quit.
That’s why I wrote this page…to help you see pretty quickly whether I might be the right fit for you. Every therapist is different, and it’s important for you to feel confident with your decision.
Let me explain the kind of client I tend to have the most success helping, and you can see if that sounds like you. Because this is ultimately about you, not me.
The clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are ones who show up ready to work.
They understand that I’m not going to wave my magic therapy wand and make their problems disappear. (I DO have a magic wand…it’s pink…you’ll probably see me wave it at least once!)
They appreciate my direct approach, and that I don’t mess around. I kindly, but straightforwardly, get right to the point. I’m not an, “Uh huh, uh huh, and tell me how you feel about that” kind of therapist.
I try to be the kind of therapist I’d want to see.
I keep it real, and I’m known to let out a few choice words sometimes in session (I’m a military kid, so I grew up a little wild). My clients are encouraged to do the same.
I’ve found that the people who get the most out of therapy with me have a few things in common:
They’re eager to figure out what’s been keeping them stuck.
They show initiative, follow through, and do the hard work to get to the root of what’s going on.
They let me coach them. They want to change, and they trust me to guide them.
They are committed to their own growth, as individuals and as part of a couple, and ready to give up old ideas and habits that are no longer serving them.
They’re so over the petty arguments and score-keeping.
They realize it’s time to do the work.
I believe this is what I was meant to do.
I went to Miami University, and had several non-profit fundraising and volunteer management jobs while I was raising my sons.
While they were still pretty young, I had the opportunity to finally pursue my dream of being a therapist. I earned my Master’s of Social Work from University of Cincinnati in 2001, and spent the next three years at Cancer Family Care, counseling cancer patients and their families. I learned so much about the resilience of the human spirit, the beauty of families reconnecting, and the importance of making life fulfilling and meaningful.
I started my own therapy practice in the summer of 2005, and haven’t looked back.
I’ve been a spouse, a parent, a child to aging parents, an employee and an employer, just like many of you. I’ve experienced divorce, empty-nesting, career changes, deaths of parents and other major life events that can throw us into a tailspin.
I know personally and professionally what it takes to put the pieces together again and get back on track, and I will use all of that wisdom, experience and training to help you do the same.
I take my responsibility to my clients and my profession seriously, but I take myself lightly. I am an easy therapist to work with: I laugh with my clients, I laugh at myself, I quote movies, TV shows and song lyrics. I am chatty and real in sessions; most people think therapy with me feels like a conversation with a trusted friend.
In my off hours, I like to hang out with friends and family, visit my grown sons wherever they may be at the moment, SCUBA dive, walk my dogs Henry and Axel, hit the gym for a spinning or yoga class, and read almost anything put in front of me. In the winter, you’ll find me planning trips to sunny climates, and in the summer, you’ll find me heading to the beach as often as I can.
I care very deeply about my clients, and give them my absolute best every session. I am a lucky, lucky girl to be able to do something I love so much and that has such a positive impact on the lives of others!