Renee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Reiki Practitioner at S.A.G.E. Renee specializes in working with cognitive impairment in adults, supporting caregivers and families through these transitions, and working with those who identify as empaths feel more empowered through both therapy and Reiki.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”Victor Frankl
Receiving a diagnosis of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can feel life shattering. You wake up one day dreaming of retirement, and the next you realize your future is not going to go according to plan. You notice yourself having to hand over responsibilities to your family members, and possibly your car keys. Navigating through these difficult life role transitions can really take a toll on your self-esteem, your mood, and possibly your relationships with your friends and family.
Research tells us that memory loss can lead to depression and depression can lead to memory loss.
I specialize in working with families and individuals affected by dementia. I understand that upon diagnosis, each individual’s experience is very unique and personal. As a therapist my therapeutic approach is warm and empathetic and I bring a very person-centered approach to the session to ensure my clients understand they are my client, not their disease.
Your loved one has dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc. Words you are never prepared to hear. The next decision you are never prepared for — who will take care of them.
Whether you take over as primary caregiver for your spouse or your parent, there is no manual to prepare you for the fear, overwhelm, guilt, exhaustion, anger, or loss of your own life as you once knew it.
Although caregiving comes with many positive experiences, 40-70% of family caregivers report symptoms of depression. Researchers have found that a person who provides care for someone with dementia is twice as likely to suffer from caregiver depression as other caregivers.
The good news is, caregivers who receive regular support by attending support groups, and/or individual counseling report a significant improvement in their overall wellbeing.
I specialize in working with both caregivers and individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia which gives me a broad understanding from all perspectives and how this affects not just the loved one with the diagnosis, but the entire family.
Life as an Empath
Have you been told your whole life you are too sensitive and made to feel ashamed for it? Do you find yourself easily changing your mood when certain people are around you? Chances are you are an empath. Being an empath can feel like a burden at times, especially when we don’t know how to set boundaries or separate our own emotions from others.
My goal as a therapist is to help you recognize your gift as an empath and provide you with the tools you need to build healthy relationships, learn appropriate coping mechanisms, and assert yourself more confidently. My approach is very person-centered and tailored to my client’s needs. My work focuses on helping my clients increase awareness of their own self-limiting behaviors and beliefs.
Areas of Expertise:
- Older Adults
- Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Reiki Healing Sessions
Renee focuses her energy healing on the populations she serves with those affected by cognitive impairment (dementia or Parkinsons) and caregivers.
Services + Fees
Mental Health Therapy: $175 for 50 min*
Reiki Healing Session: $80 for 50 min*, **
*Renee offers fees based on a sliding scale, which is determined based upon your financial need. Please contact us to discuss your particular financial situation to determine the session fee.