Looking for a therapist can be a daunting task. It can be an overwhelming to find a person to trust with your inner most thoughts, painful experiences, and core emotions. Starting the clinical process is also difficult if you do not feel comfortable with your therapist. Therefore, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation, prior to treatment, so that you can feel comfortable sharing introductory information and determine if therapy could be beneficial for you. Before your consultation please read our practice policies.
Acknowledging the need to further understand and explore your experiences are not a sign of weakness but a sign of courage and strength. I promote a safe and supportive environment for the discovery of core emotions that are often suppressed or are manifested as unhealthy behaviors and symptoms such as:
- Self-harming thoughts or actions
- Isolation from others
- Instigating conflict with loved ones
- Anger or Rage
- Substance use
Intimate and personal relationships can be very difficult to maintain. Often times, loved ones are the people most impacted by your actions. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is a comprehensive theory grounded in love and attachment. The main areas of focus for EFT are:
- Healing emotional distress
- Identifying and processing negative communication patterns
- Verbalizing emotional needs
- Re-discovering a secure bond of attachment within the relationship
When working with children from ages 6 to 12, the main areas of focus are on enhancing clients’ overall social and emotional skills such as:
- Identifying feelings and being able to express those feelings in a healthy manner
- Developing and utilizing coping skills (e.g. deep breathing, counting backwards, positive imagery, walking away, muscle relaxation, etc.) to reduce anxiety, frustration, and stress
- Developing problem-solving solutions
- Engaging in appropriate peer relationships (e.g. how to make friends & how to be a friend)
Teenagers are faced with many challenges as they develop their voice, identity, beliefs, morals, and purpose. When working with adolescents, I encourage clients to explore and express themselves freely in a safe space. Main areas of focus with this age group include:
- Development of one’s identity
- Developing coping skills and utilizing those skills effectively (e.g. deep breathing, counting backwards, positive imagery, walking away, muscle relaxation, etc.) to reduce anxiety, frustration, and stress
- Family conflict
- Feeling misunderstood or unheard
- Peer pressure to make unhealthy or unsafe decisions
- Living up to the expectations of others or self
- Educational stress with homework, exams, and college preparation
Group Therapy is a unique experience. Within groups you may be challenged, encouraged, supported, and influenced by others in ways that are unexpected. In group therapy, people join together to share their similar experiences and receive validation and support. Groups can help build a social network and can promote social skills. They also can be more cost-effective than individual counseling.
Having a long history of working with groups in a variety of settings, I have seen the growth and enrichment opportunities that can evolve from group sessions. That is why I am passionate about group dynamics and offer various types of groups throughout the year. This page will be updated as new groups are formed. If you have a group theme that you would like to propose, please contact me and we can discuss the idea further. Below are the current groups available:
Strategies for Success
Group Counseling Ages 7-12
Does your child have difficulty staying focused in class or struggle when they don’t understand something? This group will teach your child new coping skills and how to appropriately express their feelings. Groups are a great way for children of similar ages to relate and learn from each other. Topics will include: strategies to stay focused in class, problem-solving solutions, identify & express feelings appropriately, self-regulation coping skills, anger management, anxiety management, and development of social and emotional health. Sessions are typically held on Wednesday afternoons at varying times based on group needs. Call today to see what time and group is best suited for your child. Each session is 60 minutes in total and costs $40 per session. The first 50 minutes will be dedicated to the children in the group and learning a new skill. In the last 10 minutes of each session, the parents will be welcomed to join to review what has been taught so that they can encourage the use of the skill as well.
Call today for more information and to reserve your spot! If you refer or register with a friend, you will receive 50% discount on your first session.
Spouses & Partner Support Group
Is your spouse or partner a first responder? Do you ever struggle with the uncertainties that come with their careers and feel like others don’t understand? Many people don’t recognize the importance of a balanced home-life of a first responder and what it takes to support them. You’re not alone, but your experience is unique. Join this 8-week support group where you can meet others in similar situations and explore these topics:
- Your Story of Being a Partner
- Concerns & Dangers / How to Cope?
- Unpredictable Schedules
- Balancing Home-Life
- Always “On Duty”
- Quality Time & Romance
- Selflessness & Sacrifice
- Accepting & Embracing
Group meets on Tuesday evenings and the cost is $45 per session. Call today to join! If you’re not interested in a group setting, call for information on individual counseling services. (818)446-7488.