Services

What’s Available

I offer psychotherapy to individuals and couples and work with adolescents, young adults, middle-aged, and the mature. I welcome people of all backgrounds, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic levels. Areas where psychotherapy can be helpful:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trauma including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
  • Coping with life transitions
  • Low self esteem and confidence
  • Relationships
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Work and career
  • Stress management
  • Addictive behavior and thinking
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Eating issues and body image
  • Postpartum depression and adjustment

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Individual Psychotherapy

Meeting one-to-one in a confidential setting has many benefits, in particular decreasing isolation when working on life problems and/or managing psychological issues.  Sharing one’s sorrow and joy in a safe, warm setting facilitates healing. Sessions include assessment of problem areas and strengths, collaborative goal setting, and frequent review of progress.

I encourage at-home practice between sessions including suggestions for readings, practicing new behaviors, contemplative exercises, movement, and breath work. Helping the client realize that they have choices—and can make decisions based on those choices—creates autonomy, which is vital to the therapeutic relationship.

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Couples Psychotherapy

Learning to maintain a connection to our body, heart and mind when in relationships can be very challenging. Our desire to be accepted and deemed worthy of love by another can increase vulnerability. We then compensate by building emotional walls around our heart.  When that happens, therapy can help partners express their truest feelings to renew mutual understanding and acceptance.

Utilizing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and compassion practices, the objective of sessions is to foster kindness and positive emotion, encourage deep listening, enhance meaningful dialogue and help couples be authentically present with each other. As skills progress, partners are asked to practice wholehearted connection outside of sessions through recommended readings, meditations, and other shared activities. All couples are welcome–married or committed, straight, bisexual, transgendered or gay.

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Adolescent Treatment

In a fast-paced world overrun with media stimulation, teens are often trying to manage “grown-up sized” problems without adequate experience. Academic decisions, peer pressure, changing friendships and exposure to drugs and alcohol are among these challenges. Taking steps towards independence is hard work and an objective person in a safe environment can help teens make difficult decisions, resolve ethical dilemmas, explore relationships, manage day-to-day stress, and, overall, more gracefully build compassion toward themselves and others. Sessions will teach specific coping mechanisms including problem solving, assertiveness training, cognitive therapy for mood regulation, and stress and relaxation strategies.