I obtained a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of New England, and currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LMSW) in the State of Idaho, working toward additional clinical credentials.
Respect is essential for a successful therapeutic process and outcomes. Working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families brings me joy and allows me to engage them in ways that bring smiles and healing, preparing them to embark on new life journeys with a positive attitude and self-confidence. I choose direct dialogue with clients when exploring their unique needs, struggles, patterns of resilience and life situations. My client is in charge of her/his progress and actively participates in creating therapeutic goals. Being mindful of my client’s individuality helps me choose the most appropriate and successful interventions. I incorporate mindfulness, solution and strength-based approaches, along with variety of Art and Play Therapy, including sand-tray, music, creative writing, painting and art projects.
My own personal life experiences have driven my passion for women's issues, single parenting, co-parenting, post-divorce counseling, mood disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, OCD), couples/marriage issues, immigrant or refugee complexities and acculturation, sexuality, same-gender marriage issues, and same-gender-marriage parenting. I am equally passionate about life coaching, career development, and positive self-image consulting. I do not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, sexuality or religious preference.
Cultural diversity and ethnic complexities are important to be considered when working with people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Speaking several languages and having the honor to live in many different countries throughout my life, has afforded me the privilege to experience diversity first hand and learn how to communicate and connect on a deeper level with people from various ethnic backgrounds, often without the need for interpreters.
Due to my own 12-year battle with cancer, I embrace the opportunity to work with patients facing terminal illnesses, while helping them and their families during the process of grief and loss.