Services

 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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • 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

Groups

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.

 

 

Children group therapy
Teen Group Therapy