I have the distinct privilege of being a home-based Independent Mental Health Practitioner with Counseling and Enrichment. I work with families and individuals helping them with issues like ADHA, anxiety, depression, bi-polar, to name a few. I have also been trained in the more serious diagnosis of trauma and attachment
I was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Wichita, Kansas graduating from Kansas State University with a dual degree in English and Psychology. From there I met and married a Nebraska farm boy and have resided on the farm near Plainview, Nebraska for the past 30 years. So, although I come from the big city, I have rural Nebraska to call home.
A personal strength that has served me well as I strive to be the best counselor I can be is my affection for people and my desire to help anyone who is struggling with life issues. Life is so beautiful, yet for some who have experienced chronic trauma, so complicated. I am sincerely and genuinely interested in others and am curious about their current life circumstance, and the problems they are encountering on their life journey. I strive to be the strength and guiding light when another human being suffers from emotional and psychological despair.
Theoretically, I would have to say that my natural approach to counseling is person-centered attachment-focused therapy. Past, as well as present, healthy human relationships cure and sustain us all throughout the rough patches in our lives. Cultivating and enriching these relationships is key to a happy and fulfilling life.
I am culturally aware that different ethnic, economic, geographic and developmental situations affect people and their families differently and each individual’s response to stress or trauma will be different. My work and life experience with cultural diversity includes being bi-lingual in Spanish and having a sibling who has been deaf since birth. My older brother developed paranoid-schizophrenia in adulthood and has multiple sclerosis. He is currently residing in a nursing home near Wichita. My employment experience includes working as farm-wife and mother, a social worker for DHHS, a bi-lingual immigration specialist for Lutheran Family Services, and currently, as an Independent Mental Health professional.
One of my basic personal beliefs is that an effective counselor must bring more than just theoretical knowledge to each counseling session, an effective counselor must also bring an effective use of self to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship.
Each individual is unique and different; therefore, their experiences, reactions and stressors are all unique and different.
I offer hope and empowerment for positive changes in hurting individuals and families by recognizing the cause of the hurt, resolving the symptoms causing distress in their lives, and being a non-judgmental confidant in the therapeutic relationship.
I would love to visit with you even you are not in the area I serve. Call me at 1402-640-4503 or at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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