Counseling & CoachingHealing the Past/Supporting New Growth
I provide a warm, supportive space to step away from life’s busy-ness to reflect on what works well for you and what you’d like to change. Together we will explore practical strategies for reclaiming balance, whatever your current challenges.
Who I work with…
I work with adults and Elders who are coping with aging and Elder care, including caregivers struggling to balance work and family life, as well as Elders living with cognitive changes.
I work with adults and Elders living with health concerns, painful memories, trauma and loss, or bereavement.
The people I see are often feeling overwhelmed, anxious, frightened, alone, depressed, or may be wondering about their spiritual beliefs or how to cope with the future.
What I believe…
I believe people naturally strive for healing and connection, and what some call “symptoms” are really clues about how one has been trying to survive, cope, or make things work. I believe growth and healing are possible across the lifespan, including in Elderhood!
I subscribe to the philosophy of The Eden Alternative™:
- I believe in eliminating Loneliness, Helplessness, and Boredom for everyone on the care partner team
- I support choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living for everyone I serve
- I believe that “care” means helping another to grow
- I promote a person-directed approach to care that puts the person first
To learn more about person-directed care, go to www.edenalt.org
How I Work
I work from a person-directed perspective, meaning that while I may offer a framework for our work together, I understand that you are the expert in your own life, and we are partners in a journey of exploration. You are always in control of your therapy.
I work from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual/cultural perspective, which means we will always consider the interaction of what is happening in your physical body, your thinking-and-feeling self, the dynamics of your social networks, and your unique spiritual and/or cultural context. Yes, this means people are very complicated, but it makes no sense to address one area and neglect the others!
I work with talk therapies, primarily from a psychodynamic tradition, with a strong focus on attachment, systems, and how you are experiencing your Self today.
I am interested in dreams, fairy tales, cultural myths and legends, films and TV, and how these stories speak to your experience. Most of all, I am interested in YOUR story, and how you see it unfolding.
I work with how the experience of trauma, including childhood abuse and neglect, has impacted the way we think, feel, and experience our physical bodies, and am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and other approaches that care for the whole person.
I teach my clients a number of practical strategies, including mindful awareness, to manage anxiety and decrease stress. The emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology is revolutionizing how we understand the therapeutic relationship and is giving us many tools for healing and growth.
Most importantly, I work with you to identify your strengths and what is working well, and together we will build on that to make things better.
For Counseling Clients:
I am a participating provider in traditional Medicare and for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. For more information about insurance coverage, please contact O’Brien’s Billing Service at (315) 437-1451 to review insurance information.
Do you care for an older loved one or work in the healing or helping professions?
There is plenty of evidence that you are at a higher-than-average risk for stress-related illness, including depression, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic and life-threatening illness.
Perhaps you’ve felt the impact of caring for others as burnout, compassion fatigue, or as a general decline in your own health and well-being.
I am now offering, on a limited basis to select clients, Care Partner Coaching. This is a year-long opportunity to work one-on-one in a focused and meaningful way on the goals that are most meaningful to you.
This is for you if you are ready to:
- Regain your balance, reclaim your peace, and move forward with mutually satisfying care partner relationships.
- Learn to nurture yourself, manage anxiety, and improve relationships with loved ones and co-workers.
- Cultivate your dormant creativity, connect with your Spirituality, and have the best possible physical and emotional health.
If you are ready to live fully and give to others from a full heart, please contact me for information on how to apply to work with me in this exciting new program.