I realize that if you are looking at my website, you are probably seeking help because you are going through a difficult time in your life. Most people try a number of different options before seeking professional help. You might have tried talking with family or friends and things are just not getting any better.
Some people are nervous about seeing a therapist. We all go through tough times and it helps to talk things through with someone that is objective and listens without judgment. Someone who can help you come up with healthy solutions to your problems.
Studies suggest that the most healing factor in counseling is a good relationship between the client and the therapist. What is most crucial-perhaps even more important than credentials or education-is that you feel comfortable with your therapist.
My clients often describe me as warm and caring and easy to talk with about anything. My approach is down-to-earth and honest. I am very interactive and I ask a lot of questions because I am naturally curious and I want to help you grow and develop as a person. If you are still undecided about the benefits of therapy, I invite you to interview me over the phone to see if it feels right for you to schedule a session.
I have been a therapist for over 20 years and I love what I do.
I work with individuals and couples.
I would like to help you if I can.
Every single individual is unique, so the therapy that works for one person may not work for another. I try to work in a way that is the best fit for each client.
For some of my clients, relief comes from opening up to a non-judgmental person. For others, exploring unhealthy thought patterns and their impact on their lives is helpful. Other clients benefit from understanding their childhood and how it affects their relationships today. Some people need advice and others need me to simply listen.
Some of the issues I work with individuals on are:
Anxiety or fear
Abuse or Trauma
Addiction and Recovery
Loss or Grief
I strongly believe that couples should try everything possible before ending a relationship, and that means trying couples counseling. If there are two people that are willing to take responsibility for their part of the problem, we can make some progress.
Every couple is unique and finds help in different ways. Some couples need to learn how to communicate better, to listen better, or to be more assertive in the relationship. Others need to learn ways to express their real feelings that are often underneath the anger. For others, help comes from understanding that they have been impacted by the families they grew up in.
Often times, just being in the safety of a therapy room helps reduce the defensiveness that prevents them from understanding each other.
Some of the issues I work with couples on are:
Emotional and Physical Infidelity
Sexuality and Affection
I have worked many years with teens and young adults and I enjoy it very much. Some of my experience has been in helping young adults when I worked in a college setting for over ten years. I also worked on an adolescent unit in a hospital for five years. A lot of what people need at this stage in their life is someone other than their parents to talk to confidentially.
Some of the issues I work with teens and young adults on are:
Drug and Alcohol Issues
Defiance and other Acting Out
Relationships with Parents and other family members
Divorce and Blended Families
Abuse and Trauma
Sexuality and Sexual Identity
Video Games and Internet Problems