Much of my professional mental health counseling background includes working with teen girls aged 13-18 years and their parents and women aged 18-55. The different age groups experience different developmental stages, life experiences, social skills, challenges and relationships; therefore they experience the following symptoms differently. I believe it's important for a professional counselor to be well versed in several different therapy techniques; therefore, I am trained in several different psychotherapeutic interventions and techniques. However, being trained in several therapy techniques alone doesn't make an excellent and effective professional counselor. Mental health therapy is about more than a therapeutic technique; your ideal professional counselor will also help you feel comfortable in their office, listen, empathize, meet you where YOU are and not try to fit you into a particular therapy technique. I believe the best therapy is achieved by following a person's own unique individual physiology, meeting at their starting point and following their lead while making use of my knowledge and expertise to achieve their goals.
Counseling services are provided in my office or online. Call or Text 920.944.8118 to make an appointment OR you can register online, click the link above 'set appointment now'. **Most major insurance accepted**
Regarding Tweens & Teens:
I believe in the power of adolescence and the brilliance of an adolescents resilience. I believe adolescent's are capable of whatever they believe they want to be and do. Therefore, I have designed a counseling method intended to meet the needs of teenagers. My counseling technique is unique, based on over 15 years of experience working with teens. I utilize several different counseling modalities focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual nature of teens and their family. I adore teenagers and their glorious rebel nature because I understand it; I understand the biological changes occurring inside of their brain, I understand the desire for autonomy and independence, I understand the painful and often confusing need to create a self-identity. I believe teen brains are as unique and creative as well as tumultuous and impulsive. Being a teenager in the world today is not easy; and parenting a teenager in this world is also not easy.
I believe ALL parents are doing the best they can with the tools and understanding they possess. I believe it is important to include the parents and siblings as a whole in psychotherapy services. I believe ALL parents love their children and want the best for them. Although I meet with teens one on one to work on individual treatment goals, my psychotherapy practice style designs treatment plans that from time to time include the parents and siblings of teen clients. It is always abundantly clear to me how much parents love and adore their teenager; I know this because of how frustrated they appear. Through empathy, compassion and understanding while working WITH parents and teens I believe I can make an even bigger positive impact.
Whether it's the first or sixth time a parent is parenting through the teenage years, it's that particular teens first go at being a teenager. And since everyone is different, everyone requires a different response and plan. Often, a shift in perspective is all it takes: I believe teens are 'adults in training'. When one sees and behaves towards teens as 'adults in training' it often allows for a much more empathetic and compassionate perspective. I believe you WILL benefit from my counseling services if you are a teen girl, or a parent/guardian of a teen. I can assist you with:
Building identity and self confidence
Exercise and fitness
Bullying, peer pressure and other social relationship issues
Sports & Fitness Counseling VISION: Applying mental discipline MISSION: To provide motivated athletes and fitness enthusiasts education and support to discipline their mental attitudes and emotions to improve performance. WHAT IS IT? Sport psychology addresses how psychological factors affect performance. Many studies have shown an athlete’s performance is the direct result of their mental discipline. The potential of sport psychology in high school and college sports has not been realized. What’s in the brain is in the body and what is in the body is in the brain. When an athlete or fitness enthusiast’s physical performance suffers it’s likely because their mental discipline suffered first, unless they have been physically injured. As a former Division I athlete and current fitness enthusiast I have first hand experience regarding the relationship between an athlete/fitness enthusiast’s mental discipline and their physical performance. I have a strong passion and years of experience in mental health as well as sports and fitness; combining my experience with sports and mental discipline, as well as other innovative techniques I have created a sports and fitness counseling technique to help young athletes perform their best and have fun doing it. A person’s ability to perform is in the brain; the brain conceptualizes the attitude, the origination of all physical activity. Thoughts happen first, then action. Even instinct is damaged when an athlete’s mental discipline is weak. How an athlete or fitness enthusiast perceives or thinks about their ability, limits, pressures, demands, injury, etc., impacts their self-confidence, which can significantly impact how they perform physically.
FEATURES: How sports & fitness coaching complements any sport or fitness regime: · Learn how to identify your mental blocks. · Mental and emotional support by a trained empathetic mental health counselor. · Learn how to identify your ‘slumps’ and ‘dumps’. · Following your individual physiology to find best innovative techniques. · Education for coaches and trainers. · Support and guidance for parents of athletes. · Personalized mental health counseling for athletes or fitness enthusiasts of all ages. · An objective third party to discuss personal issues and goals. · Manage stress. · Assess and monitor an athlete’s mental health. · Improves athlete’s or fitness enthusiast’s ability to perform after an injury. · Provides teams with rapport building and supportive language to meet the team’s goals. · Take your sport/fitness to the next level of performance. · Drop those pounds that just won’t come off. · Improve your extracurricular sport. · Get over the slumps and dumps of performing under pressure. · Safer recovery from the trauma of injuries. · Improve your overall health and self-confidence. · Improve your concentration
BENEFITS: Benefits are, but not limited to: · Overcome mental blocks. · Improve positive self-talk and communication between mind and body. · Manage and overcome ‘slumps’ and ‘dumps’. · Personalized program designed for your physiology. · Allows coaches and trainers to focus on strategy and physical conditioning. · Helps parents play a more supportive role. · Discussing personal issues with an objective empathetic counselor, without the pressure of negatively influencing your sport. · Learn stress management and mindfulness techniques designed specifically to help improve your sport or fitness. · Anyone looking to improve his or her extracurricular sport (golf, pool etc.) · Anyone struggling to get to the gym, lose weight or ‘get in shape’. · Fitness enthusiasts who want to take his or her training to the next level. · Anyone recovering from a sports injury. · Anyone interested in exploring a new sport or activity. · Anyone ‘stuck’ or ‘blocked’ in his or her current physical activity or sport. · Athletic teams interested in team building and goal setting. · Coaches or trainers who desire to understand how to build mental toughness in their athletes. · Those seeking a healthy lifestyle.