My practice serves adults age 16 and older. I provide individual and couple's counseling. Treatment issues might include:
- Life Transitions (career, relationship, travel, household moves) (specialty)
- Self Esteem, self awareness, self soothing (specialty)
- Stress Management (specialty)
- Complicated Grief and Loss (specialty)
- Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobia
- Relationship Problems
- Work and Career Issues
- Family Issues
- Recovery from trauma, PTSD
With a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, clients achieve the personal growth they’re striving for.
I primarily use a method called Integrated Psychotherapy. It allows me to draw upon many therapeutic methods to create a custom-made approach for each client. Here are just a few of the therapeutic approaches I use:
Psychodynamic techniques focus on insight-oriented work. Often the relationship between the therapist and the client is used as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in his/her life. Exploring the client's family history is frequently used to help identify patterns of coping - some that are effective, and others that are not.
Solution Focused Therapy stresses that change is constant. We identify the things that you wish to change in your life, and look at those things that are currently working for you. By doing this, we can focus on the present and future with an eye to help you envision and attain your preferred future.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) stresses the role of thinking about how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative beliefs. We identify, test the reality of, and correct the dysfunctional beliefs underlying your thinking. Then we work together to modify the thoughts and behaviors that flow from them. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) (not covered by insurance): During an EMDR session, a client attends to emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on external stimulus. It uses a three-pronged protocol: (1) past events are processed, (2) current circumstances that elicit distress are targeted and desensitized, (3) imaginal templates of future events are incorporated. EMDR does not require a lot of discussion. Instead, in a relatively short amount of sessions, it focuses on changing the negative beliefs that developed during that event or time.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) builds on traditional psychotherapeutic understanding but includes the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness. Since the re-living of events occurs in the form of physical sensations, learning how to manage and uncouple physical sensations from trauma-based emotions is one of the more effective treatments of PTSD. SP incorporates techniques that work directly with the physical elements because research shows that trauma profoundly affects the body. SP presents simple body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming and safely exploring trauma-related activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self.