Counseling

· Psychotherapy

I became licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in 1997 and have maintained a private practice since then. My area of expertise in psychotherapy is with Anxiety and Depression. I primarily use cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and solution-focused strategies. I also blend in Jungian approaches if clients are so inclined. I find working with dreams offers insights to my clients and I encourage them to journal or paint their dreams.

· Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Counseling

Many times clients with Anxiety and Depression are experiencing personal and professional losses. While I use the skills I learned as a certified Grief Recovery Specialist in my general counseling practice, I also specialize with those who have recently lost a loved one or those who have experienced a death of a significant other in the past.

· Counseling the Actively Dying

As my interest in palliative care nursing, end-of-life practice, and working with the actively dying grew, I sought development opportunities to enrich my knowledge to work with those who are actively dying. Following are several programs I have attended over the past few years.
  The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Project is a national end-of-life educational program administered by City of Hope National Medical Center (COH) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) designed to enhance palliative care in nursing. The ELNEC Project was originally funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support from funding organizations like the National Cancer Institute, Aetna Foundation, Archstone Foundation, and California HealthCare Foundation. After receiving my ELNEC training, I and several other faculty and hospital educators prepared and presented a series of eight continuing education programs for the nursing staff at UTMB (www.aacn.nche.edu/elnec).
Metta Institute® End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program was established to provide education on spirituality in dying. The goal of the innovative training is to establish a national network of educators, advocates and guides for those facing life-threatening situations. I have presented many community education programs for health care providers on this topic (www.mettainstitute.org/programs.html).
Being with Dying is a professional training program developed over 30 years ago to address the need for healthcare providers to develop knowledge and skills in the psycho-social, ethical, and spiritual aspects of dying. The program focuses on relationship-centered care, including community development and cross-cultural issues; the development of skills related to care of the caregiver; and the means to implement these skills in traditional health care settings. Much of this content is not addressed in the current training of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare providers, and is essential in the care of dying people (www.upaya.org/bwd/).

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