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Transitions are those unique moments in our lives when changes happen and new possibilities open up. Whether at work, in our relationships or in our lives, transitions happen all the time. Some we choose; some we don’t. Transitions can be exciting, confusing or scary, happy, sad or stressful, sometimes all at once! Sometimes when new possibilities open up, even exciting ones like a new job or a new relationship, we may have questions about the choices we are making. We may have trouble making choices, even when we think we know the answer. Taking that first step – or the last one, to get married, to get clean, to change jobs or to take on a new challenge, to embrace or to let go, can be very hard.
Working together, my goaI is to help you figure out how to make your life more satisfying and more fulfilling, feel better about where you are and where you want to go, be more confident about the decisions you make, improve your relationships, and move your life forward in a way that works for you. I can help you better understand the choices you are making, help you set your goals, manage transitions, explore what may be keeping you from accomplishing your goals and work with you to learn how to reduce and manage stress and anxiety.
Reaching out can be a big step, but getting help and support can make a world of difference. Those transition moments, when new possibilities open up, when we can make new decisions, go in new directions, make new or different commitments, can change our lives.
Whether you are dealing with challenging relationships, transitions, stress, anxiety, grief, substance use, or career choices, my approach is warm, caring, solution-focused and practical. I will listen to your stories, offer my insights and work with you to help better understand what really matters to you. From there we can better understand your goals and how to achieve those goals. We can explore what choices you have, how to make decisions that work for you, and whether you are stuck in patterns that aren’t helpful. We can also work together to learn how to improve your communication and people skills and reduce and manage stress and anxiety. All with the goal of helping you feel more fulfilled, satisfied and content.
I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s of science in mental health counseling after a long and satisfying career in law and energy policy. I bring my years of experience mentoring, building consensus, improving communication, and effecting positive change into my approach to counseling. Having worked in a wide variety of professional settings, including corporations, non-profits and government, and having made a major career change, I am uniquely suited to help with career-related challenges.
I am a license graduate professional counselor (LGPC) and nationally certified counselor (NCC) working in Towson, Maryland. In Towson, I work with college students and adults of all ages, under the supervision of Kathleen M. Horrigan (LC3721) at Centerline Counseling/Ruxton Counseling Center. I also work part-time in the Substance Use Intervention and Treatment (SUIT) group at the University Health Center at the University of Maryland in College Park and am an adjunct faculty member in the counseling program at the Hopkins School of Education. I am a member of the American Counseling Association, including the American College Counseling Association, and the Maryland Counseling Association. I am also a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society.
Counseling is a very personal thing. Every person’s experiences are unique and the issues you bring to counseling arise from your own personal experiences. I will work with you to understand what you want to accomplish, to define your own goals and to help you identify what is getting in the way of achieving those goals. In many instances, you didn’t get to the place where you feel frustrated, stuck, anxious, angry, or depressed overnight and it can take time – and thoughtful, careful work - to get to a new place of contentment, satisfaction and comfort.
My goal is to meet you where you are and work with you, at your pace, to get where you want to be. I want to build a warm, caring relationship where you feel supported and understood and are comfortable working on the issues that are challenging you. I strive to create a personal and unique approach with each individual client, using a variety of approaches, including motivational interviewing, cognitive and behavioral therapies, and meditation and relaxation techniques. As we work together, I will listen, ask questions, offer insights and walk together with you in a helpful and supportive way to help you find a life that is more satisfying and fulfilled.
I offer a free, 15 minute consultation by phone so you can decide if counseling with me is right for you.
Congratulations!! Getting married is one of the most exciting and important decisions you will ever make! A successful marriage is a long-term commitment and requires an investment of time, effort and love. Trust, honesty, shared goals, good communications, patience and a sense of adventure are all important.
As a trained PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, I offer premarital counseling that will help you and your partner better understand each other and the strengths you each bring to the marriage. I can also help you have tough conversations (finances, anyone?) and work with you to build and strengthen communication skills to have the open, honest conversations that are the foundation of a successful marriage. Premarital counseling will help you both to explore and establish your personal and shared goals and be better prepared to address and resolve challenges as you start, or continue, your life together.
Rates: $95 for a 50 minute individual session.
$125 for initial premarital assessment
$125 for premarital counseling sessions
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
In network for Johns Hopkins students with Consolidated Health Plans.
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. You may be able to use your HSA to cover the cost of your therapy. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
Cash, check, master card, visa, and discover credit cards accepted for payment. You may also use your HSA or Flex Spending account.
Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur a $75.00 cancellation fee unless other arrangements are made.
Please note: text reminders are NOT used for cancellation notices, these are sent as a courtesy reminder only.
About counseling and mental health topics:
American Counseling Association: https://www.counseling.org/aca-community/learn-about-counseling/what-is-counseling/overview
American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/topics/index.aspx
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): https://www.nami.org
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.mentalhealth.gov
Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.baltimoreaa.org
Rethinking Drinking: https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/
Smart Recovery: http://www.smartrecovery.org/
Anxiety, depression and stress
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety
National Institute of Mental Health:
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA): https://www.mcasa.org
Rape, Abuse & Incest national network (RAINN): https://www.rainn.org
Immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Intercultural Counseling Connection: http://www.interculturalcounseling.org/
Marijuana and other drugs:
Narcotics Anonymous: https://www.fsrna.org
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Textline: https://www.crisistextline.org Text HOME to 741741
These resources both provide free, confidential support 24/7
My colleagues at Centerline Counseling/Ruxton Counseling Center:
Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-393-1323.
Please keep in mind that email is not a secure or confidential communication. Please use email only to provide contact information and do not include confidential or private information regarding your health condition in an email.
I am available for a free, 15 minute phone consultation to determine if counseling with me is appropriate for you.