I am qualified to address a wide array of issues with those who choose to have me assist them.
I have for more than 40 years worked with clients, referred by Psychotherapists, who lack social skills due to autism, ADHD, inexperience due of fear of social interactions, and a variety of other causes.
My 30 plus years as a Life Coach, are based on the Co-Active Coaching approach. Together we identify and find a path to accomplishing your goals.
The process of getting my Masters Degree in Psychology and Intership work, with the goal of Marriage & Family Therapy licensure, has added knowledge to my work as Social & Life Coach.
Through my life experience and training, I have learned that with the proper expectations and understanding about what approaches and methods work for you, the learning process can even be fun! Life is kind of like a roller coaster: we all have highs (wonderful life experiences) and lows (things that challenge us and make us sad, fearful, or lonely). We all have strengths (things we're good at) and weaknesses (areas in which we struggle). If we can acknowledge and accept these givens in our lives, we can then begin to feel a greater sense of control by finding what works, allowing us to manage and enjoy life's highs and lows.
In addition to my coaching work, I am particularly interested in working with those who are in elderhood and their families, with couples who are struggling with issues that need to be resolved, and those with eating disorders. These are areas where I have learned a great deal through personal experience and in-depth study.
I found Saybrook University’s Masters Program's focus on the Existential Humanistic Client Centered approach to be a good match with who I am. I was exposed to many theoretical approaches allowing me to develop skills in an integrative approach as a practitioner. I increased these skills while working as an intern primarily with the elderly with various forms of dementia and other mental health issues. I am appreciating having learned the value of understanding how to meet my clients where they are and without expectation. In addition, I have developed the ability to communicate in ways other than verbal, all of which I feel are important in working with any population. I am now familiar with many of the issues associated with being an elder as well as those of family members. The final developmental phase of life has historically been disregarded in our culture and as our elderly population grows, will have to be given the attention of the psychological community. I am excited to have gained the knowledge that will allow me to be a part of this transition.
I am currently taking a course in Trauma Treatment, in which I will be certified upon completion.