Brief Therapy & Counseling Services in the North Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City and Truckee Areas

There are times in everyone’s life where a little help can go a long way. Brief counseling is an approach to therapy that is focused on symptom reduction and problem solving. Counseling or therapy can help you manage stress, negotiate transitions, increase resilience, help you develop new coping skills, and build insight and awareness. On a deeper level, effective therapy can help you increase life satisfaction and create positive and lasting change. It can deepen and broaden relationships and minimize struggle and suffering. Whether your experience is of frustration in problem-solving, persisting sadness, feeling overwhelmed, excessive anxiety or worry, difficulty regulating anger, or any other emotional or behavioral pattern that causes you distress or discomfort, counseling therapy is an excellent way for you to gain understanding, insight and control over your life.

I provide a comfortable, nonjudgmental, supportive and collaborative environment. We work together to understand your circumstances, clearly articulate your values and develop goals that speak to your values and passions. With goals in place, I bring my expertise in counseling psychology to help you develop insight and understanding into your patterned behaviors and habits, then help you negotiate the challenges you face, and develop skills to create meaning and positive change in your life.

I work with adults, children, couples and families.  I use several evidence-based and research-supported approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and existential therapy.  In addition to general psychotherapy, I also have advanced training and experience in trauma-focused therapy protocols including EMDR, prolonged-exposure therapy, and cognitive processing therapy.  Trauma-focused therapy is used to integrate trauma that has occurred in your life including acute and single-incident trauma (e.g., an accident, a diagnosis, a rape, a death) and chronic and historic trauma (e.g., domestic violence, childhood abuse, ritual abuse).  See the trauma tab for more information.