I have been a Solo practitioner for a number of years offering therapy with family/relationship and marriage issues, divorce, parenting, mood disorders, LGBT issues, TBI, other trauma and PTSD, chronic pain/illness, domestic abuse/ violence and addictions. Supervision for psychologists seeking licensure. All of these issues are worked with the age groups of adolescents through the elderly.
I hope to help people find personal growth and a better quality of life through more and better knowledge of themselves.
While in high school or early college I decided I wanted to become a doctor like my older brother and was fascinated with the biological sciences. I fell in love in college, decided to get a BA in zoology and married after college soon after college. Years later I found myself divorced, raising children alone and in need of a career. I went back to school, got a certificate in CD counseling which fascinated me but was not the be all end all I thought so pursued a Masters degree in counseling psychology. Still, I felt I needed more and went back, again, to school to complete a Psy.D. in counseling psychology. I think I needed that kind of structure and time spent studying to gain confidence and a feeling of proficiency in my field. I grew up in an era, at least in my family, where there was little knowledge nor faith in psychology or psychiatry as a substantive pursuit-New Agey or something-so I was/am a little bit of an enigma coming from a stiff upper lip, bootstraps Scandinavian and Welsh background where crying was at a minimum. Funny story: my first day of meeting the Psy.D. cohort in total where we all introduce ourselves, I was the one, the Scandinavian, who ended up tearing up because I revealed that I’d be turning 50 in a month–My father always said when there was a fight among my siblings and/or myself: “Be careful, someone’s gonna end up crying”. He thought that was funny. I did cry but was also the youngest of three and I think they wonder where I came from.
I have been involved with addictions of all sorts in my personal life and 2 close relatives who have suffered brain injury and many other family and friends who have suffered with mood disorders. Listening has always come easy for me, or, other people must have thought it did because I’ve been listening for years before my career. I realized the mind is very powerful and should go hand in hand with physical healing thus I shifted my desire from becoming a physician to a psychologists. Some physicians accept psychology and others do not.
I was licensed at the masters level of education and pursuing my Psy.D. where I met a friend in school who offered to share office space with me. I have been in private practice ever since. I also lost my bookkeeper early in the practice due to her moving and then picked that up myself and I sometimes feel that I have 2 full time jobs.
Besides just to do it would be : “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”― Steve Jobs