Women’s Counseling

Counseling for kids, families, and women in the North Country.

Who I Help

Everyday Women

Women who are navigating life’s everyday challenges, transitions, and changes, both positive and negative.

Struggling Moms & Moms-to-be

Women facing challenges with motherhood, including conception, pregnancy, postpartum, and just plain being a mom.

Survivors of Trauma

Women working through past or current trauma or abusive situations in any facet of life.

What I Help With

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Present and Past Traumatic Experiences

COVID / Pandemic Stressors

Unexpected Life Changes and Transitions

Life’s Natural Milestones and Transitions

Conception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Motherhood

Support, Privacy, and Resources

A Personal and Professional Approach

I specialize in helping women and members of the LGBTQ+ community navigate the altogether common yet intimately unique challenges both life in general and also life in the North Country presents. As a mother, grandmother, wife, and local, I can offer you realistic insights and share practical resources to help you rediscover the parts of yourself and your life that can be a source of strength, hope, and healing.

My Areas of Expertise

Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

On any given day, our stress might feel manageable, like a minor challenge to overcome. Then it becomes an everyday reality that we will ourselves to reason with. Over time, we may start to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms to ward off the anxiety or frustration that our constant state of stress brings on. Soon, anxiety about the unknowns of the future and the mistakes of the past weaves a regular pattern into what were once safe havens where we could unwind. Family gatherings, happy hours, and date nights no longer have the same healing powers. Our seemingly manageable stress and anxiety has transformed into crippling depression. On the surface, this transformation can be almost imperceptible to those around us, and even to ourselves, but as the days melt into weeks and months of being in ‘survival mode’ we can start to lose sight of ourselves. Exhausted and unsure what to do, we feel helpless and defeated. Even asking for help can feel impossible, but it is exactly what we need. I can be that helping hand to lift you up so you can rediscover your inner strength and learn to establish healthy ways of navigating, mitigating, and understanding the parts of your life that are troubling you.

Traumatic Experiences

Trauma manifests itself in a painful rainbow of ways, each completely unique in behavior and circumstance yet uncannily similar in depth and emotion. Sometimes, we might recognize our traumatic experience for what it is, and the effects may feel identifiable and manageable. An abusive relationship we have ended or a traumatic encounter that we have put behind us may feel like its been dealt with. Sometimes though, we may fail to understand the depth of our trauma, and we can unknowingly become trapped in harmful cycles that bring us further and further into a pain and sadness we don’t fully recognize or understand. We may initially think it’s just the result of a bad day at work or a particularly lousy series of events, but as we continue spiraling with increased intensity and frequency, we may begin to question ourselves. Is anger, sadness, and exhaustion just who you are now? As we toil with issues of self-doubt and self-worth, we may overlook the real root of the problem, which is not actually our character, but our trauma. Even when we do acknowledge the struggles we’ve been through, we might not have the support, the capacity, the tools, or the resources to fully meet our needs or to realize how deeply we have been impacted and how much healing there is to do. Through my private practice, I can offer you a safe space to heal, grow, and rediscover your inner peace.

COVID Stressors

Does the mere verbal utterance of  ‘COVID’ drum up a sense of unease, fear, frustration, or strife? You aren’t alone. The coronavirus pandemic has brought forth innumerable and seemingly insurmountable challenges in so many facets of our lives, and it’s no wonder we are struggling to keep up. Each and every day we are faced with new worries of illness and loss. New obstacles are set before as we remain determined to keep ourselves and our families safe and to adapt to unexpected changes so that we can move forward with our lives. The impacts are far-reaching, but most noticeably perhaps, we are feeling the added burdens at home, at work, and socially. While we are all simultaneously navigating these challenges together, I have the advantage of being a professional in the realm of  navigating life changes and finding healthy ways to cope with seemingly insurmountable stress, and I can help you harness the tools you need to regain a sense of peace in your life.

Unexpected Life Changes and Transitions

When the hard things in life start to drown out the best parts, it can feel impossible to seek help. When we lose a job or a marriage falls apart, the unexpected upheaval can be debilitating and it can be hard to ask for the support we need, especially from the people around us who are unable to relate to what we’re going through. On the other hand, we might choose to change careers or decide to move to a new place, in which case we feel responsible for our circumstances and maybe even in control of the situation, but the decision and the process of transitioning can quickly become unexpectedly overwhelming or altogether devastating. We may toil with ‘right’ decisions and ‘wrong’ decisions that send us spiraling into unhealthy thought and behavioral patterns. Just because we think we know “what to expect,” doesn’t mean that the mounting struggle won’t sneak up on us and give us more than we bargained for.

If you are struggling with unexpected, unplanned, or unwanted change, I can offer you a safe and supportive space to help you explore your feelings so you can foster a new sense of understanding that will allow you to establish healthy coping mechanisms and move forward with a greater sense of ease and peace.

Life’s Natural Milestones and Transitions

As women, our roles tend to change very drastically over the course of our lives, and even positive life changes and natural milestones that we have eagerly awaited or lovingly welcomed can become surprising sources of overwhelm. Moments to celebrate like graduating from college, becoming a wife, mom, or grandmother, watching your children grow up and become independent, retiring, becoming a caregiver for an aging parent, or just choosing or falling into any number of new and exciting paths in life can bring on unexpected challenges with self-identity, self-worth, and self-doubt. Sometimes the mere sense of knowing that these ‘big’ moments are on the horizon can create a sense of unease or anxiety before anything even happens.

If you are you are navigating a major life transition, including the “good” ones, I can offer you a safe and supportive space to explore your feelings and to establish a healthy perspective and healthy coping mechanisms that will allow you to nurture a new sense of understanding and peace.

Conception, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Motherhood

To create life is a gift that is often singularly tied to the essence of our womanhood. But for some of us, it is a path we will actively not choose, yet the mere decision-making process can be a source of strife in our lives, in our relationships, in our families. For those who do feel called to motherhood, the ability to conceive may allude us and the essence of our being will be thrust into question. Others, mothers-to-be, may face unexpected challenges during pregnancy, whether physical, mental, or emotional, and we will be left feeling helpless and afraid for what is to come. Even new mothers who were once filled with excitement, or perhaps always struggling with an inner turmoil, might find themselves unexpectedly reeling from deep pangs of sadness, confusion, frustration, and emptiness despite the blessing of a new life. In fact, even in the midst of motherhood, we may toil with failures, doubts, and all-consuming worry in which feel completely and utterly powerless. No matter which part of the journey you currently find yourself in, if you are struggling, I can help you find comfort, hope, and a renewed sense of understanding. As both a mom and a professional, I am here to help you find your way.

So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great!