Chronic Illness & Disabilities
For over fifteen years, I have worked with adults with chronic disabilities or illnesses including cancer, lung disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke and various physical ailments. My clients range from people who have been in Long Term Care, Assisted Living, as well as people who live independently in their homes. Oftentimes, we need to work on issues of grief and loss, since lifestyles often need to change as a result of the impact of the illness.
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Since 1983, I have helped clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings to identify and assess their mood difficulties including bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. I employ a holistic approach that may include nutritional supplementation, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, Brainspotting, and traditional talk therapy. Together, we come up with a plan and an implementation process to help you manage and resolve your negative self-statements and thoughts so that you can begin to enjoy life again. When appropriate, I collaborate with your physician to help you manage your problem.
Caregiver Burnout & Stress
Are you feeling like you have lost who you are since you have been taking care of everyone else in your life? Now, you are older, and it is supposed to be your time, but you are not even sure if you can find the time for you?
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Emotional Adjustment to Growing Older
Are you worried about how life will change for you as you age? Are you feeling bored and lonely? Are you noticing that you can no longer do some of these things that you could do in a heartbeat? Are you anxious or depressed?
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Now Offering Online Counseling
Now, for the first time, Medicare has relaxed its rules for working with therapists in multiple ways including Phone, FaceTime, Zoom and other platforms that are Audio Visual. Learn more about hour online counseling might be right for you!
Senior Midlife Change/Transition/Crisis
As midlife approaches, changing life themes and tempos become more and more apparent. Old maps used in earlier contexts and relationships – with parents, spouses, children, employers, and others – no longer seem to “fit the territory” as well as they once may have. Often an Identity Crisis ensues, and, very much like the self-discovery and invention that begins in adolescence, this phase of life is appropriately about re-discovery, fresh discovery, and reinvention. Family therapist and author Stephanie Marston puts it “Midlife is a psychological search and rescue mission.” New territory, new mission, new map. Women particularly, in the past, but men too, have had few role models to help compass and navigate this phase of life.
Fear of the unknown, of making a “mistake”, of deviating from others’ expectations and typecasting, makes solo exploration and transition an uncomfortable, if not a terrifying, prospect. A guide is invaluable to repurposing that fear into productive excitement, and generative energy. My mission is to help both men and women in their missions to navigate this new territory, using coaching, EMDR, bibliotherapy, psychotherapy, and other modalities, as appropriate. Together, we can creatively explore, and exploratively create, in areas of known interest, and/or in discovered areas of interest along the way: careers – or next careers, family, sexuality, health and health.
Senior Medicare Counseling - Colorado Only
I help older adults begin to navigate the challenges that happen to us as we age and get into our Senior years. There may be loss of role as we consider the adaptations we need to make when our working years are dwindling. These are times when we need to begin to assess our quality of life as we face the challenges and realities of aging.
I help older adults deal with the losses that might result in problems such as depression, grief, or anxiety or possible self-medication with substances. In addition, it is important to reevaluate how to spend our time now that we are either contemplating retirement or are in the midst of life without structure.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a specialized technique that can be used to treat trauma, or PTSD, as well as Peak Performance coaching. It was discovered by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D, in a successful effort to cope with her personal medical issue. Since then, it has been used to successfully treat combat veterans, accident victims, as well as “normal personal trauma” such divorce, grief, being fired, as well as the issues related to retirement.
I received my training from founder Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. and have specialized in EMDR since 1994.
I use EMDR, and its cousin, Brainspotting, developed by David Grand as primary methods to help clients cease reliving old tapes, or scripts, in their lives. In addition, EMDR can be used for calming down emotions, stress management, increasing creative thinking, improving sports performance, and opening your mind to new ideas. I personally use it when I am creating new material for presentations and writing.
Colorado Medicare Accepted
Senior clients are one of my specialties. I do accept Medicare assignment for psychotherapy services. Please contact me regarding my rates for an Initial Evaluation, Ongoing Psychotherapy Sessions, Coaching, and Group Coaching.