My Story

 

One out of five people battle mental illness in their lifetime.

I am one of five.

I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when I was eight years old. After many visits to my family doctor over the years, she gave up, handed me a piece of paper and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you anymore.” I was left to navigate the mental health system on my own. The experience was overwhelming and lone

But after years on the long road to recovery, I found my way.

I know that navigating the mental health system can be confusing. When I found recovery, I decided to reach out, help others, and help bridge the gap between a client’s uncertainty and the mental health system. 

As your advocate, I work to create a list of options available to you, recommend resources and attend appointments with you. 

And because I walked your path, I use what I learned in my own experience to make sure you are getting the most out of the resources you are using.

My Mission

I promote HOPE and HEALING for my clients.

Through my story, you learn that recovery is possible.

You and your family will learn:

  • How to express and achieve goals

  • How to monitor your progress

  • How to use coping and self-help skills

  • How to find effective services and resources outside your home

  • How to develop a personal wellness plan

  • How to get back into the community

  • How to offer support during a crisis

  • How to become independent and productive, leading you further in your recovery

I share my own story and insights about:

  • Working with therapists and psychiatrists

  • Coping skills

  • Medications

  • Treatment options

  • Community resources

  • Alcohol addiction

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Building trusting relationships

I prepare you to accept your mental illness, move to recovery, deal with setbacks and the understand potential for relapse.

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Disclaimer: I am not a licensed therapist or counselor. I offer a non-clinical service, compassionate support and advocacy when you need it most. This information offers options for mental health services and resources and educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, or replacement of professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.