All of the therapy I provide is solution focused and based on the strengths of my clients. I believe that each individual ultimately holds the capacity to improve their situation and functioning. Therefore I strive to empower my clients and help them realize their full potential through an interactive style that enables deeper insight and the acquisition of tools to help cope with life’s challenges. The length of sessions is a clinical hour (50 minutes) unless longer or more frequent sessions are needed.
I work with a wide variety of issues. My specialties include:
- Relationship Issues
- Relational Therapy and Couples Counseling
- Sex Therapy
- Family Conflict and Parenting
- Adolescent Issues
- Trauma and PTSD
- Depression and Sadness
- Anxiety and Worry
- Substance Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
- Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology
Couples: Couples sessions are focused on addressing attachment styles, histories, and beliefs to improve collaboration and communication, so that repeating patterns and cycles of conflict can be broken. Improving communication strengthens partnership, leading to greater intimacy and more loving relationships.
Adults: Sessions offer a safe haven to explore current difficulties or past issues that need to be resolved, within a confidential context. Therapy is focused on improved insight, symptom reduction, and personal growth.
Adolescents: Adolescence is a difficult period of development and can pose ongoing challenges for parents. I specialize in addressing the unique needs of adolescents and transitional age youth. My approach focuses on attachment theory and parenting styles. The aim of therapy is to provide a non-judgmental environment where teens can speak openly and honestly about how they feel, and examine their wishes and goals for the future. Improved communication and understanding invariably leads to a smoother individuation for the adolescent, with reduced conflict within the family. I also collaborate with schools and other care providers to ensure quality of care.
Families: My approach to family therapy is based on systems theory and structural family therapy, thereby viewing the family as a whole. I partner with the family through observation and involvement to uncover the consistent dysfunctions, restructure boundaries, and foster understanding within the family relationship.
Parent Consultations: Consultations are offered on an as needed basis or in tandem with individual therapy for your child. Meeting with an outside professional can be helpful in addressing the challenges parents face in meeting the changing needs of their children and adolescents, as well as their own needs. Consultations focus on improved communication, identifying priorities and setting limits, in order to reduce conflict within the family.
Groups: Groups offer an opportunity to learn from others, gain social support, and understand the commonality of many problems.