As a psychotherapist, I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Our work together is tailored to meet your needs and can address the broad spectrum of human concerns and challenges, as well as provide opportunities for you to develop new skills and perspectives that nurture your growth and healing. My areas of practice include:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Stress Management
- Intimacy and Relationships
- Personal Transformation
- Substance Abuse
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are emotional states that may be situational and related to past or current life situations, or medical/clinical and caused by an imbalance in brain chemicals. Therapy can help you determine the severity and type of anxiety or depression you experience and provide you with the tools necessary to better understand and navigate these challenging emotional states. Together we will assess your emotional landscape and come up with the best form of therapy and support for you.
Therapy can help you to take charge of your emotional health and well-being and make better life choices that grow positive self-esteem. Imagine how good you will feel when:
- You can stand up for yourself without getting angry.
- You can make decisions without second guessing yourself.
- You aren’t so sensitive to criticism.
- You can learn to say no to others when it’s appropriate.
- You can learn to place your needs first.
In therapy, you can learn life skills and self-esteem building techniques that help you ask for what you want, solve problems, make decisions, manage criticism and control your emotions. Therapy can provide you with the tools you need for better communication, clear boundaries and better emotional management skills.
Intimacy and Relationships
Intimacy is a process – it’s not a thing. Intimacy is sharing feelings- it’s not about facts. Often we are taught to suppress the negative, fear-based stuff that gets in our minds and rattles around in there, the fearful, angry-making feelings that desperately need a place to be expressed. When we are vulnerable enough to share all of who we are, we are being intimate. Therapy can help you strengthen your relationships to:
- Build communication skills
- Establish boundaries
- Understand the past history that informs your patterns of relating
- Clarify your wants, needs and desires
- Support you to be yourself
- Share your warmth
In addition, therapy provides the opportunity to practice sharing all of you – a place where all of those feelings that so desperately need to be expressed can be expressed.
Therapy can help you to increase your motivation to create the very best life you can create for yourself. Accessing and claiming your personal power is an ongoing process that allows you to more fully utilize your strengths and resources. It is action oriented. Together we will take an honest inventory of your strengths and limitations, understand each and begin to emphasize your strengths, and minimize your limitations.
Common traits of empowered people:
- They embrace reality (even if it’s uncomfortable) rather than denying truth.
- They are spontaneous and creative.
- They are interested in solving problems.
- They accept themselves and others.
- They are courageous.
- They are committed.
The process of understanding your struggle in order to maximize your full potential is a rewarding journey. I hope you find the courage to heal and begin your journey toward living the very best life you can live. Be happy!
Substance abuse is a behavior, something people do. And lots of people do it. People abuse substances such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco for varied and complicated reasons, and the impact is often detrimental. I have significant experience working with individuals and families that have faced the challenges of addiction, including adult children of alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional families. I offer assessment for addiction and have a good understanding of issues related to substance and chemical dependency, including but not limited to the 12-Step recovery model.