Which Therapy Service is Right for You?
I offer both long-term and short-term psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and couples. Due to the pandemic I am only offering telephone or video sessions at this time. Targeted treatment for traumatic events using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is also available and can be done via video.
Are you trying to get your life back on track? Feeling stuck, angry or depressed?
Psychotherapy can help restore a sense of purpose and direction to those who find themselves challenged by major life transitions, loss, trauma, or difficult relationships.
My style blends solution-focused and depth work. Solution-focused talk therapy helps reveal attitudes and patterns of behavior that may be limiting while also uncovering practical solutions to identified problems.
Depth work seeks to access the unconscious and bring more self awareness to feelings, thoughts and actions. In my depth work with adults I sometimes employ dream work, sand tray and art therapy to access the creative levels of the unconscious. Often innovative solutions to life’s dilemmas emerge from this mixture of the solution focused and the creative.
I commonly see people who are working with:
Trauma and recovery
Whether a new relationship or a relationship of long standing, couples face many challenges. I work with couples who may be struggling with communication, trust, parenting, intimacy and/or anger issues. I also provide premarital counseling, counseling to couples considering separation or divorce.
Communication and Conflict Resolution
Partners often have vastly different styles of communication and ways of expressing anger. Character, upbringing, and relationship experiences all contribute to our pattern of communication and how we attempt to have our needs met. Understanding how we operate in a relationship and understanding our partner's response can help bridge differences.
Couples who come from different cultural backgrounds have unique challenges. A difference in values, language, religious beliefs, parenting and communication styles can cause anger and frustration. I help couples negotiate these differences and find areas of common understanding and acceptance.
I work with children who are struggling with low self-esteem, trauma, loss, family transition, social issues or school difficulties. I use a variety of treatment modalities including play therapy and sandplay as appropriate for assessment and treatment.
Child/adolescent therapy often involves the entire family in the process of change and healing. A child’s world and well-being is greatly affected by those nearest to him/her.
Parents, siblings and other family members may be asked to attend either individual or joint sessions. These sessions help family members and therapist “check-in” with one another, exchange information, find solutions to specific problems, work on improving communication skills and explore how the family system may be contributing to the child’s struggles.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method psychotherapists use to treat a number of symptoms and problems that clients bring to them. EMDR uses the bilateral stimulation of the brain thorugh eye movements, audio sounds, or tactile vibration to activate memory networks and promote psychotherapeutic healing.
EMDR can be used as a short term targeted treatment or within a longer term therapy.
As stated by EMDRIA, “EMDR is a phased, scientifically validated, and integrative psychotherapy approach based on the theory that much of psychopathology is due to traumatic experience or disturbing life events. . .
This treatment approach can result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, diminution of distress from the memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.”
For more on EMDR click here.