Counseling for Success & Creative Paths for Youth

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California since 1992. (License#: MFC 30252)

Perspectives:

  • Positive person centered approach: respect, acceptance and appreciation for who each person is and is becoming
  • Belief in capacity of every person to discover his or her true path in life, be resilient and thrive, if given tools and the opportunity to be seen and heard
  • Importance of addressing body, mind, soul and spirit
  • The yearning and necessity for connection, belonging, compassion and contribution in an interdependent global society. One trusting positive relationship can encourage an individual to find his or her purpose, meaning, inner wisdom and joy in living.

Focus:

  • Emphasis on life transitions, trauma, loss, emotional and social learning
  • Top research in the neurosciences, psychology and the arts informs the therapy I offer to achieve successful outcomes at home, school, work and in the community
  • Bringing out the best in our children and ourselves to reduce anxiety and stress, leading to positive paths of self-discovery and well-being

Services include:

  • Individual counseling for children, teens, adults and families in a safe, trusting and comfortable environment
  • Small support groups for children, teens and young adults (18 to 24) offering practical and creative tools for successful living
  • Poetry and storytelling for all ages facing end of life issues
  • Stress management and awareness tools:
    • multi-media creative arts: drawing, painting, collage, music, Eurythmy (therapeutic movement), poetry,
      sand play and storytelling
    • mindfulness meditation
    • positive communication skill building
  • Helping children and teens build confidence to make clear, healthy choices while moving through development cycles toward adulthood
  • Strategies to cope with bullying
  • Support counseling and coaching for parents and guardians
  • Consultation for teachers, schools, youth organizations and businesses
friedl

“I belong, like mortar or stone, to the small building of life…”
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis — dedicated artist and teacher, who when imprisoned, helped free and inspire the inner spirit of traumatized children in the Terezin concentration camp. In 1944 she and hundreds of children perished in Auschwitz; thousands of pieces of children's art remain.