I have a general practice and have experience treating a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, relationship issues, trauma recovery issues, sexual abuse recovery, shame issues, substance abuse recovery, parenting and attachment issues, anger issues, mood disorders, grief counseling, personal conflicts, and recovery from childhood abuse or neglect. Please feel free to ask about services and referrals for your specific needs.
Currently I provide the following treatment services:
This is the most common type of therapy for adolescents and adults. While many seek therapy for significant symptoms, others simply want a safe place to work through difficult emotions, relationships, or phase of life decisions. Individual therapy provides the opportunity to focus on understanding one's self in a safe, open, supportive environment. In knowing and telling one's story, there is the opportunity to make coherent sense of one's experiences, emotions, reactions, and unique needs. Part of self understanding is to understand our underlying needs and to develop more effective strategies to meet them. We will explore together patterns of thinking, emotional responses, behavioral responses, and relationships that are strengths to be built upon or that are interfering with meeting your goals.
It is common for couples to experiences stress and conflicts in our relationships as we go through the ups and downs of life. We bring to our relationships our unique childhood of origin experiences and expectations which may be a source of security and resilience or a source of insecurity and anxiety. Losses and stress during the course of a relationship can create unresolved grievances that interfere with intimacy and trust. The focus of couples therapy is to clarify the issues, develop communication skills, rebuild empathy and trust, repair harm done to the relationship through a process of acknowledgement and forgiveness, and to move towards a more secure and supportive relationship.
When children develop symptoms or act out, it is usually important to involve the family in therapy. A child's behavior needs to be understood in the context of the family to make therapy effective, both in understanding the history of the problematic behavior and in bringing the resources of the family in to support the child in making changes.
Children are offered traditional play therapy services or a combination of play and talk therapy as an established means to facilitate both expression and resolution of conflicts, symptoms, and concerns. Parents play a critical role in therapy with children. Parenting suggestions and reading materials are typically offered in conjunction with play therapy.
Once the decision has been made to divorce and the legal wrangling is over and there is joint custody of children, finding a way to communicate can be a challenge. Communication is often very strained and there may be new adults in your child's life that you don't know. SPSP is an 8-10 session structured co-parenting program to help parents work together to make decisions and raise their children together so as to maximize communication and cooperation and minimize the tension and conflicts that negatively affect children.
Parents may come in alone, together with their spouse, or with their child(ren) for help with parenting issues. There are confusing messages about parenting in our culture, and each of us brings our own experiences from our family of origin to our family as do our partners. Parenting support consultation can provide some clarity and direction for resolving differences and establishing age appropriate expectations.
Pregnancy and early experiences with a newborn are critically important times for establishing a secure attachment bond that will benefit a child for their lifetime. It is often a stressful and anxious time for parents, but also a time of openness and excitement. Counseling during this time can help reduce anxiety and to develop realistic expectations so as to get off to a great start. Parents are encouraged to attend together and parenting educational materials recommended as requested.
Therapy is most beneficial if there is a "good match" between you and your therapist. You are encouraged to schedule a consultation if you would like to discuss in detail how I would work with you and your situation. Sometimes, it's just helpful to get an outside opinion about a specific issue. I have many patients who have completed therapy but come in for a consultation around a specific issue.
This is a specific treatment approach that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of trauma. You are encouraged to do an online search or feel free to ask about EMDR to learn more about this treatment modality.
Many employers offer a short term employee assistance benefit to their employees. Typically, the Human Resource department authorizes 1-6 sessions which are paid for by your employer. It is an effort by employers to provide support to employees. These sessions are confidential and usually around a specific issue.
Currently forming with the goal of addressing the issues underlying patterns of disordered eating and supporting a healthy sense of self. Please call if you have interest in attending.