About my Practice
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
My philosophy is that expertise and compassion produce client-centered results, which help people navigate life’s challenging transitions.
In my office, you are offered a safe and secure environment in which to resolve painful relationships, along with a bridge to a healthy, intentional life.
"When I meet with someone for the first time, I listen to what they say, and listen for what they need. Mostly, though, I listen to who they are."
Develop your best self
Together we create a therapeutic relationship so that you, as an individual, can prioritize what is essential for your personal growth. This development work can stand on its own, or be a component of complementary strategies that help you identify and pursue long-term goals whether related to work, home or community. In doing so, we attend to the whole person in order to effectively minimize distress during difficult transitions.
Transitions are a pivotal opportunity to redefine and rediscover our values, priorities and skills. Beginning a new relationship, growing your family, guiding adolescents into adulthood, divorce, moving, or dealing with losses, are just some of these transitions. One of the most challenging life transitions is becoming a Parent.
Create Better Relationships
Strained relationships and unresolved issues greatly impact how we deal with the people in our lives. During times of stress and conflict, unresolved issues with our partner, children or our own parents can resurface and provide an opportunity to explore the past, so that you can live more successfully in the present, and make lasting changes for your future.
Improve Relationships For Successful Parenting
Unresolved dysfunctional parenting relationships permeate every action and reaction within families. The ability to parent children requires partners themselves, to successfully transition through natural developmental stages. Our work guides and supports parents as they address their core needs as individuals, partners and/or parents. The resulting improved relationship enables parents to help your children feel safer and more secure.
Whether you are turning toward your partner, and want to strengthen a relationship, or are restructuring your relationship and desire a peaceful way to move down different paths while Co-Parenting effectively, I will guide and assist you in discovering compassion and strength, and reducing conflict.
My philosophy is that expertise and compassion produce client-centered results
Creating safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship comes first, as we establish the foundation for the work of self-reflection and awareness.
When I meet with someone for the first time, I listen to what they say, and listen for what they need. Mostly, though, I listen to who they are.
Creating safety and trust within the therapeutic relationship comes first, as we establish the foundation for the work of self-reflection and awareness. In individual therapy, my clients are offered an opportunity to evaluate the direction of their lives, and make choices that reflect responding to the world around them, rather than reacting to it. This is how we make our best decisions.
Some reasons people seek individual therapy include:
When two people are in a partnership, and there are questions related to interpersonal conflict, ineffective communication, or crisis due to affairs, addictions, or other stressors on the relationship, it is often ideal to work toward resolution in conjoint therapy sessions. Allowing the 'Relationship' to be the Client, provides a unique opportunity to overcome many unproductive patterns and shift out of stagnant roles.
In addition, some people pursue couples counseling as a way to enter an amicable process of ending their spousal relationship. By reducing the conflict, and resulting damage, during the restructuring of your family, you are in a better position to move toward an effective Co-Parent Relationship. This promotes healing for the well-being of their children.
Some reasons people seek Couples Counseling include:
Reduce Conflict So That You Can Move On With Your Lives
You are going through the transitions of a separation or divorce and your family is restructuring. While you are ending your intimate partnership, it is most helpful to your children’s health when you have an effective Co-Parenting Relationship.
In solution-focused meetings, we discuss the co-parenting style that best matches your needs.
We will identify areas of your Parenting Plan benefiting from further clarification and structure to reduce conflict, or begin to develop your priorities, as you create your Parenting Plan.
Whether you are pre- or post- judgment, Co-Parent Counseling is an opportunity to identify the specific areas of your conflict, and create or enhance the structure of your co-parenting relationship to reduce the stress for both you and your children. In solution-focused meetings, we discuss the co-parenting style that best matches your needs, and plan the most effective and healthy ways to discuss the restructuring of your family with your children, and best address their fears and concerns.
Families go through their own developmental cycle,
and may have difficulties transitioning from one stage to the next. One person in a family may be struggling, and the family unit is impacted. A traumatic event has occurred, and the family needs help communicating with each other, and moving forward. These are some of the reasons families come to work in Family Therapy. Whether the goals are short-or long- term, we will work together to improve the functioning of your family, by addressing the presenting problems, improving communication, increasing insight into behavioral patterns, and offering each member of your family an opportunity to be heard.
While adolescence (12-18 years old) can be a difficult stage of life,
due to the transition from childhood into adulthood, it is important to know when your teen is struggling and in need of therapeutic support for depression, anxiety and stress related problems.
Adolescents are at a point in their development when genetic predisposition may collide with a teen's own temperament, as well as outside pressures and influences to make things more difficult for both teens and their parents. Teens are working hard to figure out who they are, and how they fit into their world. Often, a combination of individual and family therapy works well to address adolescent needs.
Some reasons parents and teens seek treatment:
The transition from high school (and hometown friends) to college (and new friends) may create challenges for students and their families.
For some students, the transition to college may ignite a new wave of anxiety or depression. At college, the support system or coping mechanisms they have relied upon are often not available in the same ways. At the same time, campus-based counseling and support services are limited in what they can offer.
Parents:whether this is your first, second or youngest child starting college, you may have concerns about the many changes that you all are facing as a family, and the personal, social or academic struggles your child might encounter.
Students:you might be wondering if you made the right choice, how to hang onto your high school friends while you make new ones at college, or how to manage your time and create a good balance between your social life and academic life.
My clients and I utilize FaceTime and Skype sessions, as well as face-to-face appointments when they are home from college or on break, to help navigate this transition as well as other periods of increased stress or conflict.