Welcome to the world of possibilities! Entering counseling can be an exciting but scary time so congratulations for getting here!
I am taking this opportunity to share with you a bit about myself as you decide on where you would like to go with counseling. I have been in the field since 1989, first in a mental health facility and then in private practice. Because of both a nursing background and a clinical social work background, I am uniquely qualified to work within the mind-body- spirit concept if that is what seems to work best for my clients.
Having said that, I function under the belief system that clients are generally the experts on their lives and will lead the therapy content and process based on their needs. I generally use Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies but have experience in many other humanistic therapies that can also be used. Honestly, creative therapy is a mix of approaches that are uniquely designed to maximally assist clients to organize, problem solve, and be empowered to find joy in our challenging world.
Adolescence can be particularly challenging as well as exciting. I have worked with this age group in private practice as well as in youth facilities. I am always amazing by the resilience and creativity that many teens have as they negotiate this ever changing world. For some it is easier than others dependent on a combination of biology, home experience, and peer group interactions. Teens value authenticity above all else and need to know that their counselor is real and on their team. It is less about theories and more maintaining a real connection and walking together to develop problem solving skills within relationships. Of course this includes making rational decisions.
I have also worked In Belize since 2005. I taught social work and nursing as well as worked at a mental health facility focusing on at risk and private practice. I believe that these experiences have allowed me insight into multicultural counseling. I have worked with teenagers from many backgrounds and developmental stages.
Each brings their own experiences and we have worked through the challenges facing their unique lives.
On a personal note, in my free time I love the sea! I stand up paddle, snorkel, dive, In more quiet moments I read and cook.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to working with you.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , Blended Family Issues , Codependency , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Expats , Fatherhood Issues , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Posttraumatic Stress , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Self-Harm , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Trichotillomania , Women's Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LICSW #111346 (Expires: 2021-07-04)
Pamela is a lovely lady who has really come to know my child and help her to become more confident in the few weeks we have been meeting. She asks a variety of life questions and understands my child who has ASC&ADHD so works with her in a variety of ways and makes sure she is really really paying attention when she is telling her something important
Pam is knowledgeable, approachable, insightful and down to earth. A really great therapist.