(816) 444-5511, ext. 101
While I started my career treating children and their parents I now work exclusively with adults- individuals; couples; professionals; and in consulting and teaching. I have experience treating people with a variety of psychological concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief, work-related stress, and trauma associated with a family history of abuse or neglect. Couples or individuals seek my help at times of strain, such as dealing with an affair, chronic conflict, or extended family pressures. I also help couples who want to build their communication skills and manage conflict in a way that enhances their intimacy. I provide consultation for professionals in the mental health field and to business supervisors and owners (focus on family owned businesses). I taught for many years as an adjunct instructor with Kansas University and Webster University. The seminars I taught were in the areas of couples’ therapy, collaborative conflict, depression, anxiety, work-related stress, and trauma associated with abuse and neglect.
The variety in my career parallels the variety of my education and training. After completing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in photography I taught in an alternative school. I learned that through teaching photography I could influence how my young students felt about themselves and related to others. I shifted my focus when I accepted a position as a counselor in an alternative school. In order to understand more about psychology I joined a therapy/training group. Having been in my own therapy has given me an important foundation that I use currently in my professional work. To further my educational background, I received a Masters in Social Welfare (specialty in Mental Health), a Masters in Public Administration (specialty in Organizational Behavior), and a PhD in Counseling Psychology. My learning continues through seminars I take in Couples’ Therapy (having trained with John Gottman & in on going Imago therapy training) and through participating in bi-weekly peer consultation meetings and a monthly study group with many of my CenterPoint colleagues.
I work collaboratively with clients. The progression of treatment requires the development of trust. My efforts toward enhancing that trust include listening as closely and empathically as I can and offering ideas and feedback in an open and caring manner. The issues you share will determine the focus of our work, our exploration of how these concerns have developed over time, and our discussions about options for change that will enhance your life experiences.