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About My Practice

What It's Like to Work With Me

Making a positive connection with your therapist is vital to a successful outcome.  

My job is to create an atmosphere of safety, compassion, and hope necessary for you and/or your family member to engage in therapy to confront what is likely one of the greatest challenges of your lives.

I respect your courage in seeking help and the trust you’ll be placing in me.


My Approach With You Will Be:


Self-Empowering & Collaborative

We’ll work together to identify your existing strengths and resources as well as any obstacles that are in the way of moving forward.  I’ll help you develop tools and strategies you'll need to help you meet your goals.


Many people are looking for solutions to their difficulties. I don’t have specific “answers” to your problems, per se, but we’ll establish specific goals, with my job being to develop a plan for you to achieve your goals and minimize or resolve the problems. 


I’ll work with you to enable you to feel better about yourself emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.


Moving Forward With Hope

Based on what you want to accomplish in treatment, I’ll help you figure out where and how to begin, as well as offer options for you to gain some traction to take further steps forward.

I’ve become a better therapist by witnessing my clients’ honesty and courage, sharing their life experiences and knowledge, and becoming a partner with them in their unique paths in recovery.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.


How my personal experiences have shaped my work

For decades, I experienced the frustration and pain of the difficulty in getting adequate treatment for substance use and addiction problems while I worked with one client, one family at a time. Experience with substance misuse, addiction and mental illness in my family as well as my awareness of the failed public health policies in our country that criminalize and stigmatize people who use substances has led me to turn my attention to the larger public health environment that often pre-determines a restricted and limited path that those seeking treatment for their substance use required to travel along.

As a result, in addition to my clinical practice, I co-founded a nonprofit organization Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP).  

My experiences have led me to incorporate harm reduction principles and approaches into my work. Harm reduction focuses on the uniqueness of each person’s needs and embraces any positive change, thereby avoiding the stigma- and shame-inducing approaches of traditional one-size-fits-all treatment programs who require all people seeking treatment with them to fit into their rigid treatment model.

Depth and Breadth of Experience


I'm known in the community for working with young people and their families in individual and family therapy who are struggling to sort out frequently overlapping issues associated with substance use and related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD.

My school psychology training and family therapy background helps me to work effectively with this age group who often come to counseling with confusing symptoms that make proper diagnosis and treatment challenging.

My clients often find improved skills in the areas of emotional regulation, communication with others, and self-understanding; as well as feeling more hope and empowerment in their lives.

I pride myself on my willingness to put maximum effort into providing a quality and outstanding service.




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