There are two important questions you need answered right now.
How can I help you?
I’m an informed and affirming Licensed Professional Counselor helping adults, both individuals and couples, of all affectional orientations with a wide range of emotional and life issues.
My areas of special interest include working with unresolved childhood wounds and trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence, personal growth, life transitions, dating and relationships traditional, mixed orientation and modern, anxiety, stress management and spiritual issues.
As your counselor I work collaboratively with you to identify your concerns, and establish goals. And, in order to do that, I also set out to learn about your uniqueness, your strengths, skills, and inherent worthiness. My approach is holistic, employing a variety of therapeutic approaches tailored to suit your unique needs and resolve issues effectively.
The past frames our beliefs and value systems and shapes our adult lives. Consequently, some approaches will help you understand repetitious patterns in your life by leading you to make connections between earlier experiences in your life and the way they have shaped your adulthood. Frequently, this helps you catch yourself before you react to current situations with outmoded responses from your past as you identify the emotional forces that hold you back.
The core of my job is to help you define your needs and wishes and to utilize methods that will help you reach your goals. All this is accomplished with an emphasis on your input and feedback. Please know that you don’t have to go through your pain alone.
Will you feel comfortable working with me?
Call me at 704-231-4344 to schedule your initial in-person free consultation. This isn’t a working session but really more like a meet and greet so you can decide for yourself if you’ll feel comfortable working with me.
Meanwhile, I’d like to share with you one of several quick stress reduction techniques I teach my clients. This one is called 5 Breaths.
Generally, when we’re anxious or stressed, we’re doing what’s called shallow breathing. This actually lowers the amount of oxygen we’re delivering into our body thereby perpetuating our symptoms. Diaphragmatic or belly breathing will increase the oxygen needed, reduce stress and promote a general calming effect. Note - Do not try this technique while driving or engaged in an activity that requires your full attention.
Take normal size breaths rather than unusually large breaths to avoid hyperventilation. Place your hand on your belly. Breathing in through your nose get the air down deep into the diaphragm and let your belly swell out. Exhale through your mouth (not your nose) and let your belly gently fall back. Do this five times. Now notice how you’re feeling. Repeat as needed.
NC Licensed Professional Counselor
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American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
NC Counseling Association
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