My practice is a general counseling practice providing individual and couple counseling for adults for a variety of issues. Areas of specialization include:
- Grief and Loss
- Workplace and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Disability Issues
- Pregnancy and Postpartum issues
- Relationship Concerns
My counseling approach is interactive and collaborative. This means that we set your goals for therapy and work to achieve those goals together. I ask questions and describe patterns that I observe. I strive to make the counseling process as transparent as possible. I consider you the expert on your life and what matters to you.
I use a combination of insight-oriented, emotion focused and cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches. Insight-oriented therapy is an approach that looks at how your past relationships and behaviors inform your current relationships and patterns of interactions. The counseling relationship provides a safe place for exploring and identifying the sources of your behavioral and emotional patterns. Becoming aware of these patterns allows you to make changes when your behaviors and ways of relating to others are no longer working for you. By making these changes you can lead a more authentic life and have richer relationships.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy looks at the relationship between our thoughts and our emotions and behaviors and how changing our thought processes can lead to changes in our emotional experiences. This approach uses structured activities and techniques that can provide more immediate symptom relief.
Another element of my approach is a focus on understanding emotions, improving emotional awareness and learning ways to regulate emotions. This includes accepting emotions as a fundamental part of who we are and allowing emotions to change and shape and inform us, rather than viewing them as "problems" that we need to solve.
At times I will incorporate other therapeutic approaches as appropriate for your particular situation. The length of treatment time is determined on an individual basis, depending upon your needs and goals.