Working with people with Disabilities
Focus of Practice & Interests
Grief/Loss Death and Dying Issues
Post Traumatic Stress
Background and Experience
I began working with people in 1974 in the medical psych unit of a juvenile prison. I was licensed in 1988 after receiving my Masters in Social Work in 1978. Besides having had a private practice for 12 years, the environments in which I have done counseling/educational work are: juvenile and adult prisons, an inner-city kidney dialysis unit, family service agencies, and student and personnel services on college campuses.
Families Services Counseling & Education
Medical Social Work
Chronic Pain Management (20 hrs continuing education)
Non-Violent Communication (40 hours continuing education)
Career Development Facilitator Certificate (CDF)
Windmills Trainer (Focus: removal of access barriers in the workplace)
Patient & Client Populations Served
Adult (25-65 yrs)
Older Adult (over 65 to 80)
Orientation & Approach
My focus is to assist you in getting to know your strengths so the world can become a safer place. What we experience impacts our feelings, thoughts, and actions. Though admitting strengths takes courage, it is the key to experiencing joy and relaxation. Knowing your strengths also can be a source of beauty when the environment feels unsafe, unmanageable, or too unfamiliar.
This life-long journey of ours is filled with choices, even when it appears there are none, and to come to recognize what options are available at any given time can provide a safe space from which you can increase your effectiveness.
The consistent feedback I have received is that I am a strongly intuitive compassionate person who is down-to-earth and finds resourceful options.
I believe that getting to the heart of any matter can resolve conflicts about what your needs are, can assist you in learning to express your needs, and will develop your already-existing compassion skills to create an even more harmonious environment. Two helpful tools for me are the use of humor and music.
It is my commitment in my own life to find joy, if only briefly, every day, and to keep track of the good which is there and the things I have going for me. I have found that this assists me in keeping in touch with my core so that I can remain more centered amid the multiple challenges presented by the world, both within and around me. My contention is this position will help you learn similar skills.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to assist people in making choices which improve their lives. Since much of our Societal structure encourages confusion and ignorance, developing personal power is crucial.
I think everyone wants to make a difference: make a contribution, and knowing what you have to offer makes contributing much easier. It also increases our chances for world peace and to develop a more harmonious society.