Individual, Couple & Family Counseling
In-Services and Trainings
In response to the increased need for mental health services in our community, I am adapting my practice to emphasize solution-focused brief therapy. I am, in a sense, going back to my roots, as I was trained in this method early in my career at the Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health. This philosophy has informed my work in the 22+ years I have been in private practice, and the time has come to bring it to the forefront.
What is Solution Focused Brief Therapy?
It is a respectful, client-centered approach that recognizes and builds on clients’ strengths and resilience. The therapist and client are partners in the journey towards the client’s goal. Most clients’ concerns are significantly addressed in 5 to 15 sessions, spread out over a broader period of weeks, with homework based on the client’s treatment goals. Incorporated modalities may include Parenting with Love & Logic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman Institute Research.
Through St. Matthew Catholic Church, I facilitate a free grief support group, GriefShare, for two 13-week cycles per year. Please visit GriefShare.org to find information about this faith-based approach to grief education and support, and to register, if you are interested. The new cycle of GriefShare at St. Matthew Catholic Church began October 12, 2022. GriefShare is designed so you can join at any time, so please reach out if interested! If you know someone who could benefit from a grief support group, please invite them and, if possible, join them for a session or two; if you want to join but are hesitant, invite a friend to join you a time or two. It is hard to come to a grief support group alone.
More Helpful Information:
I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Counseling (Level II)
Trained in Love & Logic Parenting
Presenter on Communications, Relationships, Workplace Relationships, and More
Approved Supervisor for Registered Interns in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & family Therapy
Commissioned in Lay Pastoral Leadership, Diocese of St. Petersburg
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
National Certified Counselor
Information on The No Surprises Act: You have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don't have medical insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
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My fees: My fee schedule is provided to all clients in writing with other pre-appointment forms, before the first appointment. The per-appointment fee for a standard 50-minute appointment has increased as of May 1, 2022 to $115.00. This is the first fee increase since 2018. Additional charges are detailed in the Fee Schedule document for missed appointments, emergencies and other services. A sliding scale, based on income and number of persons, is available. Proof of income and number of dependents are required for reduced fees.