I am a licensed therapist in both Maine (LCPC) and Pennsylvania (LPC), and have been practicing in the counseling field for over twenty years. I was raised in a family focused on human services, as my mother was a therapist and my father was a special education teacher for emotionally challenged students. I began my own work in the field while still in high school, volunteering with child survivors of sexual abuse, moving on to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology.
I have worked with people of varying ages and of diverse backgrounds over the years and in a variety of settings. I have been an outpatient therapist and a residential clinician, a wilderness therapist and a marriage counselor. I have held therapy in offices, schools, family homes, and deep in the forests of northern Wisconsin.
Over the years in my work with individuals, themes of relationships and partnerships have rarely been far from the surface. After all, it is through our relationships that we define those parts of us that are connected, invested, and intimate. We often use these relationships as mirrors for ourselves, defining ourselves through what we see through the eyes of others. Thus, while our relationships can be sources of valuable strength and support, they can also be wrought with chaos and turmoil. Perceived judgment, misplaced animosity, and misunderstood concern can lead to hurt and discontent.
Fortunately, I have found that if each individual is invested in changing negative patterns, previous damage can be reversed and future harm prevented. Communication is central to all relationship work, and work around being clear about wants and feelings is often where therapy needs to begin. Toward the end of the process, couples often feel they have much clearer understandings of each other’s motivations and priorities, and can make more informed and empathic decisions about their own responses in the future of the relationship..
I draw on a number of clinical approaches in my relationship work; including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and Motivational Interviewing. I believe the approach is best matched to the relationship, rather than the relationship to the approach. I therefore tailor my approach to the strengths and disposition with whom I am working, and remain flexible in this approach as the work progresses.
Growth and development are cornerstones of therapy, and I believe this is true too of the therapist. I remain excited to grow and learn, and continue my own education through trainings and regular engagement with literature. My best teachers, however, continue to be those I work with. Therapy is a partnership as well, and while I have much to offer in the therapeutic relationship, rarely do I conclude work with an couple quite the same as when we started together.
I look forward to walking with you on your journey for a little while, and will feel honored and wish you well when our ways eventually part. Most of all I hope the part of your journey we call therapy will be enlightening, strengthening, and yielding of the peace we all seek and deserve.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Emptiness , Family Problems , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Posttraumatic Stress , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #PC012350 (Expires: 2021-02-28)
LCPC #CC4468 (Expires: 2021-05-31)
My husband and I are both extremely pleased with Geoff. He has brought great perspective and strategies to our conflicts. I would highly recommended him.