​Areas of Practice

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    Depression
    Is it just a sad mood? or do you feel so empty and hopeless that you can no longer manage everyday life? Do you struggle with persistent fatigue, indecision, sleep problems, appetite changes, guilt, or even thoughts of suicide? You do not have to live this way -- there is help! You can learn to overcome those automatic negative thoughts and improve your moods!
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    Anxiety / Panic
    It’s normal to feel anxious occasionally. But when you obsess over small matters, cannot relax, or find your progress towards your goals stalled by “analysis paralysis”, normal worries have turned into life-stopping anxiety. We can help you learn proven strategies for overcoming these fears and enjoying today's many gifts.
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    Stress Management
    Did you know that under stress, your body goes into a "fight or flight" mode that can cause long-term health issues if not managed? You can learn ways to reduce this physiological response to stress, find solutions to the stressors you can change, and manage the stressors you can't!
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    Couples
    Which communication style can predict divorce with over 90% accuracy? What is the foundation of a solid marriage? Which relationship problems are fundamentally unsolvable, and how do you manage them while preserving the individual values of each partner? Learn proven skills backed by over 40 years of solid research data to improve your marriage!
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    Premarital
    In a culture where more marriages than not end in divorce, you might think the odds are stacked against you. But you can launch your life together with every every possible advantage! Using the highly-acclaimed SYMBIS premarital assessment, we can thoroughly assess your readiness and give you valuable tools for starting out right!
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    Career
    Don't know what you want to be when you grow up? I didn't, either... even in my mid-40's! Using the MTBI personality assessment and Strong interest inventory, we can explore career possibilities enjoyed by people similar to you, plus gain insights on career paths that might be best avoided!
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    Trauma
    We all know that abuse and violence are traumatic. But did you know that everyday events can be also? Trauma is defined as any time when your basic physical, emotional, or spiritual needs go unmet. Identify these areas in your past, overcome inappropriate patterns of behavior and coping skills, and create new thinking patterns and skills for a happier, more successful life!
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    Grief / Loss
    What is the matter with me? Why can't I get over this loss? Why do these moments of "shadow grief" keep catching me by surprise? Our culture no longer has accepted "rituals" for grieving, so many of us do not know what to expect after experiencing a devastating loss. Together, we can navigate the "Valley of the Shadow" and find your "new normal".
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    Divorce
    "That will never happen to me!" We all believe this when we say, "I do," but the sad reality is that in our culture's divorce rate is over 60% (even higher for second and third marriages) -- even for Christians. When it happens, we need a safe, non-judgmental place to work through the grief, trauma, and practical details while struggling to adjust to the "new normal".
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    Homeschooling
    Sometimes it seems that no one understands. (No, "socialization" is not an issue. Yes, you can teach without a certificate.) But how can you manage the unique family stresses? Do you feel like you to maintain the image that you "have it all together"? I homeschooled for nine years, and I get it! Together, we can devise strategies that will work for your family!
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    Gifted/Talented
    Did you know that public school G/T programs are actually classified as Special Ed? G/T students' brains work differently, using different neural pathways and patterns. And G/T kids have unique emotional needs (and often social issues) that are not widely understood. I have special training and experience in working with G/T thinkers. If you or your G/T student feel as though "no one understands", let me offer some insights that may make your lives much easier!
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    Groups
    Individual counseling is often very helpful, but there are some issues that a group can address best of all. When I have enough interested clients, I offer support groups in grief recovery; homeschooling support; and depression, anxiety, and stress management. Call for details, or if you know several people who would be interested, let's set up a group!