There is no “one size fits all” in psychotherapy. I draw from a variety of perspectives to provide the type of therapy best suited to your situation and personality. We may focus on current symptoms and behaviors, using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices (meditation, visualization, etc.) to relieve stress and help you cope better with specific issues. We may engage in a more psychodynamic course, exploring the ways that past relationships and experiences have influenced your current relationships and beliefs. Addressing trust and communication may be top priorities for family sessions.
Whatever the method, my goal as a therapist is to help you work through the problems you are experiencing, so that you can move on to enjoy a life that is productive and fulfilling. I accept you for who you are and where you are in life right now. We'll work together to discover and develop your own unique gifts, your inner resources that will help you get past the challenges that life presents.
When working with children, I follow the same philosophy. Using a combination of play therapy and “talk therapy,” I help children address emotional concerns and situational problems. I respect each child’s individual temperament and help them focus on the positive aspects of their personality traits. Parents participate in counseling to better understand their family’s dynamics and to improve relationships among all family members.
Teens need confidantes and role models, and they often seek to meet these needs outside their immediate families. In our sessions, I strive to help teens find their own voices in an increasingly stressful and confusing world.