Therapy for Adults
During psychotherapy sessions, I provide a private, safe and judgment free atmosphere to explore issues, combined with a compassionate yet logical approach to help you understand feelings and utilize strengths to find solutions. Ultimately you gain additional problem solving skills for both now and the future.
I have provided adult therapy for more than 26 years, covering a variety of issues including:
- Anxiety, OCD, Panic attacks, & Phobia
- Addictions including Alcohol and Drug
- Bi-polar and other Mood Disorders
- Depression, Grief and Loss
- Divorce/Blended family Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Gender/Sexual Identity
- Life Transitions
- Relationship Issues
- Self Injury
- Sexual Abuse
- Social media influences
- Stress Management
- Trauma (PTSD)
Therapy for College Students & Young Adults
Leaving for college is an exciting time of life. As much as the independence you have longed for is now at your fingertips, it can also be scary. There are invisible pressures in our culture that often require you to wear a mask and pretend to be totally fine with the changes you face.
College life itself is filled with incredible opportunities as well as challenges in your social identity, establishing new relationships and the constant transitions back and forth between home life (less freedom) and college (independence).
College graduation presents the daunting task of facing the world of work, however it doesn’t mean you should have everything figured out. Employers do not expect you to know how to do much. In graduating college, you have proven to them you know how to learn and how to navigate and persevere through challenges. Their job is to train you the rest of the way.
I can help you with the keys to successfully navigating through these major transitions. Together in therapy, we will identify roadblocks as well as individualized tools and strategies for managing the variety of scenarios you face in these next phases of life.
Family & Couples Therapy
Understanding the family we grew up in (or are growing up in) is key to understanding ourselves and how we relate to the world. Our early experiences penetrate our psyche, forming an internal story like the rings of a tree. The feelings and beliefs from these past experiences are interwoven into our physiology and have tremendous impact on both our present day emotional reactivity and patterns of relating to ourselves and others.
I find most success by combining information from the past with strategies for today’s dilemmas. Together we will identify the triggers that contribute to unhealthy reactivity. More self knowledge leads to effective responses and successful outcomes. You will learn helpful methods of conflict resolution and how to deal with a variety of life events including marriage, changes in employment, relocating, starting a family, illness, and launching children. I integrate the Family System model, insights from the most recent Brain Research with Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to explore issues and challenges in an atmosphere free of blame, shame or criticism.
Whether dealing with current challenges or long standing issues, I will help you to:
- Utilize tools to manage conflict and move to resolution
- Offer options to expand your lens in viewing situations
- Explore, understand and appreciate differences
- Establish a pattern of respectful, effective communication
- Balance autonomy with connection in your relationships
- Understand the contribution of hormones and neurotransmitters in communication and reactivity
- Appreciate the importance of hitting the “Pause” button