You are not alone! If you are struggling with adjusting to big life changes, dealing with difficult relationships, if negative thoughts and feelings keep coming at you and your coping strategies are harming you or not working, or if you are burdened by family conflicts, in need of emotional or behavioral support for your child or teen, and wanting hope for the future… then let’s find a way forward together.
I work with all ages and cultural backgrounds from a strength-based, trauma-informed perspective. Experiences such as dysfunctional relationships, loss of loved ones, abuse, chronic sickness, unexpected or major life changes, and tragic events can result in emotional and behavioral challenges. Having dealt with several of those myself, I have experienced the power of the therapeutic relationship to bring comfort, restoration, new abilities, and eventually thriving.
I will take time to listen and get to know you. Together we will determine a therapeutic approach that fits your needs and background. I will create a judgment-free zone, safe for you to explore thoughts and feelings to gain insights and strategies for change. I look at the whole person within their life context. I believe that mindfulness practices, play-, art- or narration therapy can help make sense of the past to find a way forward. When working with children and youth, I may incorporate the family, school staff, or other relevant relationships. I educate my clients on the neuroscience behind behaviors and mental health to empower them to grow in awareness.
Early in life, I set out to overcome my childhood challenges and seek healing. This journey brought me restoration, joy, and a passion for coming alongside people to help them find relief from pain, discover their untouchable value, and move towards thriving. Born and raised in Germany, I have lived and worked in several countries and learned to adapt and grow. Over the past 20+ years, I have worked as a mental health counselor, foreign language teacher, migrant counselor, and behavior specialist. Next to counseling, I coach parents and professionals in trauma-informed care practices. I travel to international orphanages to train caretaking staff. I work with school districts to support high-needs students, their families, and teachers. I work as a coach to professionals who are seeking to make life and career changes.
I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on trauma from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree in Multicultural and Family Counseling from the University of Hagen, Germany. In 2014 I completed training as a TBRI® educator. TBRI® Trust-Based Relational Intervention is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, families, and adults. I have additional training in EMDR, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Restorative Justice Practices, Christian counseling, and sensory processing disorders. I am fluent in Spanish, English, and German.
What to Expect from Me
You can schedule an appointment with me by filling out the form on this page or calling The Banyan Tree. I can see you at the Banyan Tree Center in person OR via Telehealth. Sessions are typically 50 min long. You can expect a positive, relaxed, accepting atmosphere. Come as you are. I will listen to you, learn from you about your life, and together we will decide how to best address your specific needs to reach your goals.