I appreciate you considering Clarity for your wellness needs! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I earned my Master's "with distinction" after interning over 1,000 hours through Heritage Health/ Family Support Services. I loved the agency work but I decided to follow my internal compass which led me back to my entrepreneurial roots. I operate Clarity, a Professional Limited Liability Company. I will continue to receive supervision as required for the next level of licensing titled "LCPC" or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
My practice is open to all individuals who are willing to make a commitment and respect our partnership. I prefer to work with people age ten (10) plus; however, I am happy to work with children in a Family Therapy context. The reason for this age limit is because there are many counselors in the area who specialize in child therapy and I feel that environment is best for kiddos who's maturity level or age is under ten.
I am currently lining up a continuing education schedule to learn advanced counseling skills or certificates in specialized areas. One of my passions and continuing education goals is multicultural counseling. Yes, all counselors should possess higher education regarding multiculturalism; however, to make it a specialized focus means the counselor has a deeper understanding of the cultural influences in a person's life. This may include socioeconomic factors, race, nationality, heritage, religion, disabilities, genders and sexuality. This means the counselor strives to understand the micro, mezzo and macro perspectives and historical roots of the different multicultural factors that make up your life.
Another area I gravitate toward is transition from major life events whether they are positive or negative in nature. One aspect of specializing in the topic of transition is that it has no demographic boundaries. People of all ages experience life changes that require them to learn new skills so they can adapt in a healthy manner and tap into their resilience.
Once we become acquainted you will find I primarily embrace a humanistic, person-centered therapeutic approach. This means I tend to see the client as the expert in their own lives and allow to the client to guide the direction of their therapy. However - my approach is also sprinkled with no-nonsense, solution-focused concepts to help the client break down barriers including those times when the client may be standing in their own way.
Some clients seek counseling to manage an existing diagnosis while other may seek answers, explanations and solutions to a variety of internal or external discomforts. Meanwhile, some clients utilize therapy for preventative purposes.
Regardless of the circumstances that connect us, below is a snapshot of my philosophies:
Strength Based Approach. When a client’s strengths are identified and nurtured, unhealthy thoughts and behaviors come into better focus. Growth and wellness become more sustainable once we learn how to reduce the noise…the excess, the judgments...the confusion. Only then can we be unbiased and make sense of the internal and external factors that influence an individual's authentic self.
NOTE: While I proudly utilize a stream of positive psychology-related perspectives, it is important to note that counseling is a process. I do not subscribe to fads and according to some critics, positive psychology has become mainstreamed making it a vague concept to some. I believe a reliable, positive psychology approach is one that does not put glitter on the client’s reality and call the problem solved. It is a process that requires awareness of negative and uncomfortable emotions as well as positive perspectives and client strengths! ~ Effective psychology is balanced.
BioPsychoSocial Model. Humans are multifaceted with biological, psychological and socio-environmental factors that intersect…sometimes in a nonsensical pattern. When the Biopsychosocial model is weaved into counseling the client’s goals are more attainable – and – sustainable!
Additionally, I urge my clients to manage their medical responsibilities because there is often a major overlap in physical and emotional symptoms.
Wheel of Wellness. The Wheel of Wellness is a common tool learned early in psychology and I appreciate it because it complements the BioPsychoSocial model. Together, these two approaches look at the whole individual and how the person functions in their environment. It looks at events, schedules, emotions, and habits that exist in different areas of our present day lives. It helps the counselor/ client partnership evaluate how all of a person's variables intersect, overlap or contradict.
Mindful of the Present. I believe in visiting a client’s past traumas if and when it is relevant to the client’s goals; and to navigate the issue when the client is ready, when applicable.
Mindfulness. I have experience in leading and co-leading DBT groups known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. While I am not yet certified as a DBT therapist, my experiences have taught me how to utilize mindfulness in therapeutic applications.
Escape in a cozy office! I try to make my office a comfortable and safe environment. You have a choice of four different types of chairs and you are welcome to sit on the floor! I offer comforting aids that are absolutely optional, including but not limited to: fidgeting gadgets; drawing, coloring and doodling tools; essential oil diffuser; rock painting; magazines to read, cut or collage; music; a lamp that changes colors..and unbiased, nonjudgmental listening.