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Are you caught up in anxiety (excessive worry that is hard to control), depression (persistent sadness), social anxiety (fear of being judged by others),  panic (sudden, intense, unexpected fear), or some combination thereof? Maybe you are feeling lonely and fearful of meeting new people. Perhaps you are having distressing conflict or trouble communicating with your significant other, family members, friends, or coworkers. You might be using alcohol, drugs, food, or sex in ways that feel unhealthy. Stuck in a rut and wanting change, but at a loss as to how to make it happen? If so, then I welcome the opportunity to be by your side and in your corner as you step out of the pain and into your life.

Maybe you have tried to feel better on your own or with the help of family and friends, but you have found that your efforts are not working like you hoped. I can bring specialized knowledge and clinical skills and combine them with genuine caring to form an alliance with you that focuses on you. With your heart’s desire for your life as our compass, and mindfulness skills as the vehicle, we will journey together. You will learn how to handle challenges more effectively, let go of self-defeating beliefs, rise beyond your fears, and change your attitude in life-enhancing ways. As you focus on the things you can control and release the things you cannot control, you will free up the energy going into struggling and direct it into living.

I maintain a mindfulness meditation practice in which I cultivate precise focus and gentle openness. These qualities will enrich our working relationship, infusing it with genuineness and positive, mutual regard. I consider it an honor to be of service. I look forward to knowing you.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As such, it is concerned with the ways that your relationship with your thoughts and feelings (your internal, or private, experiences) influences your behaviors. The goal of ACT is to help you form a relationship with your internal experiences that results in your choosing ongoing behaviors (committed actions) that engage you in your life in a vital, active way. CBT uses education and exercises to help you change behaviors. Through education and exercises, you are empowered to set and achieve behavioral goals that build on each other until you have activated the desired behavior. In other words, education and exercises are key elements to help you make small changes that become a new way of doing things. Visit the Education & Exercises page to explore your options.

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