Feeling comfortable is the most important thing when you are looking for a guide. Here at MKL Counseling & Coaching Group we want people to feel comfortable reaching out for support. We are proud of our clinicians and make every effort to be sure your time here is supportive and fruitful. Our hope is that with our skilled clinicians you can achieve faster results that are also more sustaining over time.
Some of the issues we focus on include:
- Anger Management
- Depression & Anxiety
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Support
- Grief & Loss
- Stress Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Addiction Recovery Support
Counseling others is not just a job for me, it is a way of life. I offer my clients a non-traditional approach to therapy—using humor and kindness to provide a down-to-earth and direct, yet low-key approach. I am engaged and committed to my clients, and enjoy being part of the healing and growth process. Everyone needs help at some point to overcome life’s challenges. I can provide you with the skills you need to be successful in being the best person you can be.
Life has not been easy for me—grieving my husband’s untimely death, I navigated serious financial challenges, I became a caregiver to my 88-year-old mother (happily going on 3 years now), and I changed careers at the age of 46. These experiences have made me a stronger person, and they help me relate to my clients on a whole other level. I also come from a large family with many siblings, and understand the different family dynamics that can occur.
I enjoy working with couples, to help them go from chaos to calm. Many times it takes only a small adjustment or change in perspective to drastically improve a relationship, and have a positive impact on daily life. Relationships are about process, and I help couples to see the forest through the trees. I help my clients to strategize, and appreciate the process of building and nurturing important relationships in their lives. I like to help others to overcome obstacles, set priorities, and focus on what matters most.
I use the Gottman Relationship Assessment as my main tool when working with couples. I also offer special session packages for couples that have separated and want to be friends and/or co-parent effectively. I help those who need to re-think and strategize “where to go from here.” I offer a soft place for couples to land to think things through, and I assist in providing a framework for their future whether that is together or apart.
In addition to helping couples and families, I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am well versed on treating people who are struggling with alcohol or opiate addition, co-dependence, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and communication and stress issues. Everything is a process, I like to empower others to understand and strengthen their ability to become unstuck.
When not working with clients, I enjoy working in my garden and spending time with my dogs. I believe self-care is crucial to finding joy and being the best version of you. Prior to beginning my work as a psychotherapist eight years ago, I was a software manager and consultant, a landscape design consultant, a university instructor, a basketball and field hockey coach, a life coach, and at one time I owned a Donut Shop.
I find it easy to relate to a wide variety of people, and encourage anyone who is on the fence about receiving counseling to pick up the phone and give me a call. Short-term therapy can be helpful in anyone’s life.
My educational background includes a Masters in Counseling, a Masters in Public Administration, and numerous educational seminars over the years.