Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Depression & Anxiety

Individual Adult Therapy

Seeking counseling services can be a daunting experience; therefore, my therapy sessions are designed to create a context in which people feel safe, accepted, honored and comfortable.

Sessions will be tailored to fit your specific needs, whether they are short term (specific stressors) or whether you need longer term healing. The goals of individual therapy are to:

  • frecognize negative thought and behavioral processes
  • fgain insight about your personality and development
  • flearn tools for self-care and relationship enhancement
  • freach your goals

 

Together, we will work on a plan that suits your immediate and/or overall needs.

 


 

Couples Therapy

Trying to balance independence and dependence in relationships can be frustrating, confusing and lonely. Healthy relationships require hard work, effort, good communication, sacrifice, prioritizing and empathy.

I have been trained in a variety of couples counseling modalities that will allow me to help you build a healthy partnership in your relationship. I often utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques, as empirical research data has proven that EFT is a superior counseling technique with regard to:

  • falleviating depression
  • fimproving intimacy and trust
  • faugmenting couples forgiveness
  • fincreasing problem-solving techniques

 

My goal is to make couples sessions as participatory and educational as possible to ensure that you are getting the most that you can out of our counseling sessions.

 


 

For New Parents

Whether you are adopting or conceiving a child, your transition into parenthood may be exciting, rewarding, scary and stressful. Having children impacts many aspects of women's and families' lives, such as: hormonal balances, sleep, relaxation, spontaneity, personal sense of control, intimacy (emotional, physical and sexual), communication, jealousy and self-esteem (to name a few).

If you are experiencing stress, sadness, anxiety, loss, anger and/or confusion related to your transition into parenting, I will help you in the following areas (depending on your preference):

  • fSelf Care Plans
  • fEmpowerment
  • fPostpartum Depression Assessment
  • fReducing Isolation
  • fReducing Perfectionist Thoughts about Parenting
  • fReducing Anxiety and Depression
  • fImproving Self-Esteem
  • fParenting Tips and Child Development Information
  • fCouples therapy that focuses on transition, communication and empathy for you and your partner
  • fFamily therapy with your parents and/or other children

 


 

Family Therapy

Let's face it, being part of a family can be completely rewarding, yet complicated and difficult. All families experience transitions differently and respond to familial stressors diversely. Therefore, it is important to work on improving communication and relationships as an integral part of family therapy.

I have been trained in Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed, anxious and suicidal adolescents. ABFT encourages healthy teen/parent attachments in efforts to reduce family conflicts and increase family cohesion. ABFT has been shown to reduce depression, hopelessness, anxiety, family conflict and suicidal ideation. I have also been trained in Structural Family Therapy (SFT). SFT examines the structure, boundaries and subsystems of families and how each one of these constructs impact family functioning. SFT also highlights the importance of balancing familial stability w/ realistic change.

Family therapy sessions will be designed for your family’s specific needs and will focus on improving your family’srelationships while building skills in the following areas:

  • fEmpathy
  • fEffective Listening
  • fConflict Resolution
  • fProblem Solving
  • fTolerance and Respect
  • fBoundary Making
  • fUnderstanding Developmental Stages

 


 

Teen Therapy

Navigating through the teenage years can be overwhelming, especially for parents! Depression, anxiety, anger and obstinacy can be common during the developmental stages of adolescence. I particularly enjoy working with teens as they go through the difficult and confusing transition of progressing from childhood toward adolescence.

Although I value family therapy treatment sessions, I will balance the needs of the adolescent's autonomy with the needs of the family cohesion by using both individual and family counseling sessions.

 


 

Child Therapy

Children go through life challenges just as adults suffer from difficult transitions. If your child is experiencing anxiety, sadness, self-esteem issues, turmoil over loss or transitions and difficulties with divorce and chronic illness, I will work with you on a plan that will help your child get through this challenging time.

Before working with your child, I typically request to meet the child’s caregivers to better understand your child’sdevelopment. Although I will periodically work with your child on an individual basis, parents are encouraged and expected to take part in therapy sessions to maximize the benefits of counseling and to utilize skills learned in therapy at home.

 


 

Support Groups for Children and Adults Recovering from Separation/Divorce

 

Separation/Divorce Support Group for Adults Without Children:

Going through a separation or divorce from your partner can bring a mixture of conflicting emotions; perhaps painful and liberating or terrifying and even inspiring. Whether you have children or not, this experience can be similar to the feelings of grief that occur when a loved one passes away. People who experience separation and divorce often have mixed feelings about parting ways with their partners because of attachments, securities, history, family loyalty and comfort. Moving forward can be overwhelming. Whether you’re recovering from the pain of being left or experiencing guilt for initiating the split, it is important to seek support during this transition. I offer a support group for men and women who might benefit from both the encouragement and inspiration of others who are living through similar situations.

 

Separation/Divorce Support Group for Adults With Children:
  • fDo you feel that you are at war with your ex when handling decisions about your children?
  • fDo you have constant arguments about custody/schedules, rules, other partners, etc…?
  • fDo you feel overwhelmed and burdened about becoming a “single parent”?
  • fDo you worry about your children as they experience potential pain and confusion from your divorce?
  • fAre your kids feeling like they need to take sides between you and your ex, defend a parent or become a “parent” to your other children now that your family has separated?
  • fAre you frustrated with or worried about not being able to control what happens with your kids when they are with your ex?
  • fCould you benefit from new ways of communicating with your ex partner?

 

If you have agreed with any of the above questions, this support group may help you endure current challenging times.

 

Dealing With a Divorcing Family Support Group for Children:

Whether a divorce is amicable or filled with serious controversy, children experience the loss of their previous family. Unfortunately, children do not often get the opportunity to voice their concerns or process the pain from this stressful transition. If your child is experiencing any of the following, call me to set up an appointment to assess whether or not your child would be appropriate for my group:

  • fDoes your child miss the parent they see less frequently due to custody imbalances or simply yearn for the parent from whom they are apart?
  • fIs your child complaining of physical problems such as headaches, stomachaches, nausea, etc… or seeming anxious or depressed about your divorce?
  • fDoes your child talk about you and your ex partner reuniting?
  • fIs your child acting out or withdrawing more with siblings or peers since your separation?
  • fDo you want your child to learn new coping skills to persevere through the loss of their “old family”?

 

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, I am happy to work with your child to give them new ways to cope with uncertainty during uncertain times.

 


 

Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT

EFT helps people understand their core emotional needs in relationships and then incorporates those needs while changing relational styles and patterns in order to enhance connection.

Examples of Attaching to Others, Disconnect to Connect:

Are you feeling alone in your relationship? Or constantly on-edge, wondering what you could be doing or where you could go? Perhaps it is time to disconnect in order to connect. Pause, be in the moment, there is plenty right in front of you. Your relationships will be more meaningful, deliberate and rewarding.

Video: http://www.wimp.com/disconnectconnect/

Our natural desire to share and ability to connect: http://www.faithit.com/ball-pit-turns-strangers-into-friends/

 


 

Supervision

After we develop a contract that will guide our work together, I will help you to formulate your clinical social work professional identity as well as to develop and enhance your skills to practice more insightfully and effectively. Over the course of our work, I aim to educate you in assessment, treatment/ interventions, evaluation of those interventions, ethics and clinical issues such as cultural competence and transference/counter transference. Through our work, you will be better prepared to adapt your interventions due to clinical barriers and you will learn new implementation skills for various populations. You will accomplish this by: reviewing theory and researched interventions, case presentations, role play and showing tapes/actual sessions of your interventions (this is a recommendation, but not a requirement).