My specialties include working with individuals dealing with Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Change, Relationships, Trauma and Family Conflict. My clinical background is fostered in the care of adolescents and adults. Using a direct, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach I help clients create long-term, sustainable change.
I have additional training and certification in the treatment of Obesity, Bariatric Surgery & Collaborative Divorce.
The teenage years are challenging for teens, not to mention their parents. Teens face many new pressures and may not always react in the best ways to the challenges they encounter. Some of the struggles teens face are a normal part of growing up. In some cases, teens and their families may need extra support and guidance to help them deal with and navigate through these challenges.
Counseling provides a safe, trusting environment in which the teenager can express their thoughts and feelings and learn new skills to communicate better, manage emotions and create new strategies to help them adjust to situations. Keeping a teenager engaged and talking is a primary goal of development. If your teenager has not been sharing personal information with you, it may be a sign that they need to talk with someone other than their parents. Often, counseling provides an unbiased arena for the teen to vent frustrations, check out their perspectives and theories and help them communicate more effectively. Involving parents in the process is critically important in resolving differences and in reaching goals.
Life can seem more difficult at certain times. This can happen during a significant transition, in the middle of or after a crisis, or due to a challenging childhood. In individual therapy, we will focus on supporting you in increasing your self-esteem, accessing your inner strength and resilience, and helping you to learn more about yourself by exploring your thoughts and feelings. Areas that are typically addressed in individual counseling include feelings of anxiety, depression, feeling “stuck” or unhappy.
Many of my clients come in seeking clarity on why they feel the way they feel, what's getting in the way of their goals, and how they have established patterns in behavior that no longer serve them. I work closely with my clients to explore the root of their problems, and identify obstacles serving as beliefs. In our work, we will identify your strengths, develop new ways of thinking, and cultivate a more fulfilling sense of self.
In the Collaborative Divorce approach, a professional team supports couples through the emotional aspects of divorce as they resolve the legal and financial issues. Both husband and wife retain an attorney who has had Collaborative Divorce training. The parties and lawyers all sign a commitment to reach a settlement without going to court.
Depending on the circumstances, other members of the Collaborative team may include divorce coaches, financial professionals, mediators, or a child specialist – all of whom are trained and committed.
Collaborative Divorce focuses on the future and puts children first.
Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing decision, and it is important to have a strong support system in place throughout the process. My goal is to help patients navigate the emotional and behavioral changes that come with this procedure.
Whether you are in the pre-surgery phase, post-surgery recovery, or further along in your journey, I can provide the support you need to achieve your weight loss goals and improve your overall health and well-being. I understand that bariatric surgery is not just a physical transformation, but also a psychological one, and I am here to help you through every step of the process.
I will work with you to address any underlying emotional or psychological issues that may have contributed to your weight gain, as well as any concerns you may have about the surgery itself. I can provide coping strategies and techniques to help you manage stress, anxiety, and other emotions that may arise during this time.