Located in Doughboy Square Area of Lawrenceville - Pittsburgh PA 15201
As a therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the Lawrenceville area of Pittsburgh, I provide individual therapy, relationship counseling, group therapy, and family counseling to help clients find self-compassion, confront issues of shame, and make more loving choices--specialized work includes addiction, spirituality, sexuality, relationships, fear, depression, anxiety, life transitions, illness, and grief.
In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs to help each person attain healing and the personal growth desired. I do this by helping people claim themselves and increase their power and ability to make more loving choices.
In working with individuals, identifying shame and cultivating self-compassion becomes part of the process. With increased self-compassion, people can often get out of their own way, get on their own side, practice acceptance, and begin to have the courage to change and heal. Each person is an individual and met with respect for his/her journey. I am honored to walk with you if we are a fit.
In working with couples, my job is to "work myself out of a job." Couples are invited to reveal themselves; received with compassion; taught new concepts, skills and strategies; and invited to choose to love and say 'hello in a different way" or to make a different loving choice. I learn your story as a couple: how you came to be together and what was it like when "it was new." I hold the compassionate stance for both partners and help them to have a different conversation than the one they keep having.
Couples learn about their adaptive natures, how individuals in relationships feed one another's shame and reinforce stories from the past, communication and conflict strategies, and how to commit to a new vision for "couple." No shame...no blame. Premarital counseling is also available.
People often struggle with the word shame, although in recent years, it has become more and more a part of the conversation! Shame is universal and takes many forms, including addiction, codependency, judging, blaming, and perfectionism. One voice of shame is "There is something wrong with me." Another is "I'm not good enough." Others are "I don't matter" and "I'm unlovable." The "shame voice" lies to us, and we believe those lies, until we don't. Individuals and couples are invited to confront shame and honor grief as they continue to heal and become more Fully Human.
Finding joy & self-acceptance is possible. Improve the quality of your life & relationships.
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Highmark/BCBS, Health Assurance/America, UPMC
MHNet, Aetna, Innovation Health, WPEE, and Cigna
EAP Credentialed: Ceridian Life Works, Ceridian Military Source, Prime & Carebridge.
Military Family Life Consultant.
Licensed Professional Counselor.
Nationally Certified Counselor.
MSEd in Marriage & Family Therapy.
Board Certified Coach. (See note below)
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