Who I Work With and the
Services I Provide

I work with individuals of all ages as well as couples and families. I work
with people who experience a wide variety of problems including
depression and grief, anxiety and stress, parenting, behavioral and
attention problems in children and adolescents, sexuality, addictions
(drugs, alcohol, food) and marital and relationship problems. I also work
with businesses helping workers, managers and supervisors deal with the
unique problems on the job. I work with professionals of all kinds.

I run workshops and seminars on a variety of topics such as Awareness,
Forgiveness, Communication, and the Art of Letting Go. I am a personal
coach supporting and empowering individuals to accomplish their dreams
in all facets of life.

I have two associates who work with me who specialize in relationship
problems, phase of life issues, depression and anxiety, anger
management and eating disorders of all kinds. Please visit the
Associate
Therapists web page for more information about their services.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Couple’s Therapy
Couple’s Therapy is where you and your partner come in together to
address issues regarding your relationship. The most common issues that
often bring couple’s into therapy are poor communication, affairs and
sexual concerns.

How Therapy Helps
Communication problems are at the heart of most relationship difficulties.
Lack of communication or poor communication often result in a build-up of
negative emotions which fuel excessive arguing, blaming, avoiding, going
outside of the relationship or lack of sexual fulfillment.  Therapy helps to
restore open communication and to honor and release the negative
emotions that are getting in the way.

Working with Teenagers
The teenage years are one of the most challenging times in a person’s life
both for parents and teenagers alike. It is a time where the teenager is
seeking to establish his or her own identity and willfulness. The most
common issues that bring teenagers into therapy are problems between
parent and teen, identity issues, body image, poor self-esteem, drug use
or poor school performance.

How Therapy Helps
One of the greatest benefits of therapy to teenagers is that it gives them a
safe space to talk without fear of judgment or someone telling them what
they should or should not do. As parents, it is often difficult to simply
hear
our teenager especially when they are oppositional or rebelling. When the
teen can begin to sort out his or her own emotions, behavior and self-
esteem problems clear up naturally. It can sometimes be helpful to have
parent and teen come in together to open up communication and to
negotiate boundaries of behavior. For information on a structured
approach to dealing with teenagers, please visit the
Parenting Your Teen
page.

Working with Individual Issues
There are many other reasons that bring people into therapy.  All of us go
through periods of our lives where we feel "stuck" with negative feelings
about ourselves or our life. Guilt, feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness,
indecisiveness, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation and negative
beliefs about oneself mask themselves as depression. Fears, excessive
worry, tension, inability to focus and panicky feelings mask themselves as
anxiety. All of these feelings can further result in negative behaviors such
as alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, weight gain, poor sleep
patterns or social withdrawal. These kinds of symptoms can range from
mild to severe.

How Therapy Helps
Therapy helps you get to the heart of your negative feelings and thinking.
You have a safe space to address your inner world and struggles. When
you are able to honor and release your negative thinking and emotions,
you will discover that you have much more control and say-so over your
life than you previously imagined. Therapy helps you to create new
possibilities in thinking, feeling, being and perceiving which ultimately
results in a greater happiness in your life.

Working with Families
With the high stress and faced pace movement of life in this day-in-age,
many families go through periods of lack of connection and
communication. The most common issues that bring families into therapy
are concerns about children, money, blending of families and divorce.
Family members sometimes feel as if their families are falling apart.

How Therapy Helps
Family therapy allows families to reconnect with one another and open up
communication without the arguing and bickering. It creates a safe space
for self-expression and to possibly hear each other for the first time. As
each member of the family feels heard and acknowledged, a greater
feeling of love and unity is the result.  

TAKING THE FIRST STEP

For whatever reason you are seeking help, we can first decide by phone
whether to come in alone, bring your spouse or significant other, or bring
your whole family together. Our next step would be to arrange a first
appointment to gather information. The purpose of our first session
together is to explore your present situation and background and together
we formulate goals on what you hope to accomplish in therapy. We will
also establish a time frame in which we can anticipate the completion of
our work together. This will insure that therapy is not an open ended
process and that we are maintaining a direction and purpose. If you have a
question about whether I might be helpful to you, please call or
email me
and I will be glad to discuss your situation.