I have close to 20 years of clinical experience in community mental health clinics, various medical practice settings, and private practice. I started Sequoia Counseling and Wellness Services in 2019 as my private practice. I am only providing online counseling at this time and may offer in person treatment as demand increases. My specialties include helping adults and the elderly who struggle with:
non-trauma-related panic attacks;
mild to moderate depression;
coping with the aging process;
the effects of lifestyle behaviors and stress upon health; and
disease management (for example diabetes, chronic pain) and managing psychological difficulties resulting from these health concerns.
I believe that healing relationships need a foundation built upon honesty, respect, and goodness. Trust and open communication are also important to the therapy relationship and develop with time. I provide episodic care that focuses on treating a specific set of symptoms, such as depression. Once these symptoms improve or are resolved, treatment ends. However, clients may return in the future as new concerns arise (similar to typical patient-doctor relationships). Most therapies last for 8-10 weekly or bi-weekly sessions. My goals as a clinical and health psychologist are:
to provide a positive and healing experience, no matter how brief, to all clients;
to practice psychology using current research and evidence-based practices and to inform clients about research as appropriate;
to provide a personalized approach to treatment that supports the client’s needs and develops new skills for symptom improvement.
My Personal Interests..
Beyond my work, I love traveling and being active. I regularly participate in cardio and strength training, do competitive races, and am trying to visit all 50 states. I am a Christian and enjoy regular church attendance and helping with baking & hospitality, group activities, and cross-cultural outreach.
Visit my Certifications page using the link below to learn more about my training and experience so you can determine if I might be a psychologist who is the right fit for you. Be well!