Therapy for Individuals

Often people wait for days, sometimes years to get therapy when their life feels unmanageable. Once people attend therapy and find a therapist that is a great match for their needs, they report wishing they would have gotten help a long time ago. Whether you have received therapy before or this is the first time you are considering it, below are ways that I can help you achieve your goals and make therapy worth your time and commitment.

I help individuals with the following issues:

  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Increased stress (feeling stuck in a negative pattern)
  • Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
  • Difficulty with a life transition (i.e. divorce, illness, job change)
  • Difficulty setting boundaries with others (i.e. friends, family members, co-workers) and wants to learn ways to be more assertive
  • Difficulty processing a trauma or childhood experience
  • Difficulty with time management and finding balance in life
  • Grief

Benefits of therapy:

  • Learn tools to have more balance in your life
  • Learn ways to be more assertive in order to put yourself first
  • Learn ways to live your life in a way that matches your values and beliefs
  • Learn effective parenting techniques so your home life feels less chaotic.
  • Learn ways to have a healthy relationship despite your past
  • Learn ways to break through old patterns in order for you to be more in control of your thoughts and perspective
  • Learn how to process trauma in a safe way in order to move forward in your life.
  • Learn how to have healthy boundaries with others in order for others to know where you stand.
  • Learn how you can manage your symptoms of anxiety and depression in order to participate in life the way you want.

Therapy for Couples

Does this sound like you?

  • Do you feel like giving up on your relationship because it feels too emotionally difficult?
  • Do you lack trust in your partner because of an incident that occurred that you can’t seem to get past?
  • Do you find yourself in constant arguments with your partner over everything?
  • Do you wish you could share things with your partner but don’t feel emotionally safe?
  • Do you long to have a relationship where you communicate effectively and can work through challenges without feeling like the relationship might end?
  • Are you in a relationship where you feel like you are living separate lives and although there may not be a lot of arguing, there is a lot of emotional distance?

Relationships are difficult and it is no surprise that we can love someone and despise them at the same time. In addition, when we commit to someone, we are constantly challenged emotionally and all of our “raw spots” and insecurities seem to be exposed. The fact is, we must be vulnerable with our partners for us to have a deeper connection. This is risky and some of us wonder if it would be easier to just to be alone then to hurt so badly. If you have ever felt like this then you are not alone. There is no perfect relationship and it take a lot of hard work to not only be the best partner you can be but to nurture your relationship so it gets better over time. This type of relationship does exist and I want to help you get there! I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to assist couples in having a deeper connection. Below are some ways you will benefit from this type of couple’s therapy.

Are you ready for growth? The benefits you will receive from couple’s therapy:

  • Learn how to communicate with your partner effectively
  • Learn how “healthy attachment” is the foundation for having the relationship you have always wanted
  • Learn how to be a good listener to your partner
  • Learn ways to create a safe place so you and your partner can share information
  • Learn how to get through the defense mechanisms so true progress can be made and your relationship can grow.
  • Learn ways to get through an “attachment injury” so both you and your partner can move forward

Therapy for Families

Does this sound like you?

  • You would like to be more “on the same page” with your partner when it comes to co-parenting
  • Your family is having difficulty adjusting to a life transition (i.e. divorce, separation, job change, illness, loss of parent, etc…).
  • You would like for your home to feel less chaotic
  • You would like help addressing family issues appropriately
  • You want your children to listen more and respect your rules
  • You would like to learn how to have more structure and consistency in your household
  • You would like to learn how to communicate effectively with each other in order for there to be mutual respect and deeper connection.

As stated previously on my About Page, my passion for working with families began when I was a child. Although my parents were very supportive of me, I witnessed a lot of negative communication and interactions, as well as, times when my family would refuse to talk about things for fear of hurting each other or because it was just too emotionally painful. While not wanting to hurt others seems like a pretty good idea, there are consequences for these choices such as built up resentment, avoidance, unresolved conflict, and increased anger outbursts. This can often lead to high family conflict or family members being emotionally “cut-off” from one another. I know firsthand that it doesn’t have to be this way!

I have been committed to working with families for over 25 years in a variety of settings and if you are interested in receiving family therapy, here are ways I can help you:

Benefits of family therapy:

  • Deeper understanding of each person’s perspective and “raw spots”
  • Learn effective ways to communicate so your family will listen
  • Increased support from other family members
  • Learn ways to be a better listener
  • Learn ways to pick your battles so everything doesn’t feel like a battle
  • Learn ways to gain respect from each other
  • Learn ways to be better co-parents so your children feel less confused
  • Learn ways to be in charge of your household again without yelling or fighting’

Therapy for Teens

I know that you love your son or daughter and that getting them therapy services is your way of supporting and helping them get through this difficult time. Maybe your son or daughter has grown distant from you, has become increasingly angry or moody, or has made some bad choices along the way and you worry that something bad is going to happen to them if you don’t get them help. Maybe you would like your son or daughter to have someone to talk with about difficult topics or about life’s stressors because they refuse to open up about it at home. Whatever the case, I happen to love working with teenagers and I have over 22 years of experience helping teens reconnect with their families and learn healthy ways to manage their life.

I help teenagers with the following issues:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Peer Pressure
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Body Image Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Mood Swings
  • Academic Pressures
  • Social Skills
  • Increased Anger
  • Grief
  • Difficulty Adjusting to a life transitions or change in the family
  • Defiance
  • Identity Issues

What can your teen get out of therapy?

I know that it can be difficult to get your teen to commit to coming to therapy and it will time to build a trusting relationship with your therapist. That is why I commit to providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where you and your teen feel safe and comfortable discussing difficult information. I try and include family members in sessions as often as I can (when deemed appropriate) so that everyone in the family learns ways to help their teen and the whole family at the same time. I also use creative strategies to help your teen enjoy therapy and commit to making a positive change.

Benefits of therapy:

  • Greater connections with family members and friends
  • Increased satisfaction with life
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Increased stress management skills
  • Increased healthy decision making
  • More cooperative and collaborative with others
  • Increased awareness of self and relationships
  • Increase in managing moods
  • Increase in positive expression of emotions and communication
  • Greater control over impulsive behaviors
  • Increase in taking responsibility for behaviors