I offer counseling therapy in sessions of 60 minutes, 90 minutes or (rarely) 120 minutes. With younger children shorter sessions can be designed to accommodate the attention span of the child.
I have experience and expertise working with a wide variety of people and their symptoms. This includes people with severe mental health issues as we well as those with more general life challenges.
- Stress and anxiety
- Life transitions & adjustment
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Post-trauma stress (e.g., PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder,
- Emotional volatility
- Impulse control
- Relationship and family
- Domestic violence
- Adult survivors of child abuse
Couples & Family Therapy:
- Relationship Disappointment
- Decision making
- Communication problems
- Developing healthy intimacy
- Improving ability to genuinely support one another
- Improve problem-solving skills.
- Infidelity issues
Child and Adolescent Therapy:
- Emotional Expression
- Post-trauma anxiety
- Depression & Anxiety
- Excessive Fears
- Child abuse
- Self-soothing skills
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
The initial counseling session or two involves an assessment of your medical, psychological and social history. I do a complete assessment of your symptoms and how you are experiencing life. I evaluate your strengths. We discuss your goals and intentions for seeking therapy. If helpful I will often educate you about how these symptoms can develop. At the end of the assessment, I will propose to you a direction and approach with the intention that you reach your counseling goals.
I am committed to working from theories and orientations that are substantiated with strong research evidence of their effectiveness. I do much of my work in the cognitive behavioral tradition but also use solution-focused and acceptance and commitment therapy techniques. I also rely on EMDR, a technique that taps into the healing power of the brain to create healthy and adaptive information networks to replace problematic experience processing and integration. Finally, when we are further along and when the client so chooses, I employ theories and techniques from existential psychotherapy an approach that focuses on choice, responsibility and meaning making in one’s own life.
More specifically, I have experience and expertise working with acute and chronic trauma as well as recent or a history of trauma. Please see the trauma tab for more information.