My psychotherapy sessions are unique and tailored to each individual. We all come with distinct qualities, experiences and challenges. My approach entails meeting you where you are in terms of comfort level and goals. I will support and guide you and we will collaborate, as we build a therapeutic relationship built on trust to grow, learn, change and heal.
Relationships enhance and enrich our lives. They are also very hard work and challenging at times. As we enter into relationships, we bring our unique personality type, history and experience with us. Relationships need consistent care and nurturing so that couples may grow together, while respecting and understanding individual needs and differences.
My approach to working with couples includes a focus on regaining, maintaining and improving a deep connection. This connection is what allows couples to effectively work together to improve problematic communication patterns, conflict, clashing expectations and much more.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
- Maya Angelou
It is my goal in working with families, to increase overall family functioning, and decrease conflict. Family therapy aims to assist in communication improvement, solving family problems, understanding and handling delicate family situations, and creating a healthier family dynamic. Through psycho-education, self assessment tools and appropriate interventions, we will work toward reducing distress and conflict, and building healthier patterns of communicating and relating.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed, you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Depression is a real illness, with real symptoms. It is not a sign of weakness or something to be solved by "pulling yourself together."
Symptoms of Depression may include:
Loss of interest
Loss of motivation
Change in sleep/appetite
Various aches and pains
The good news is, that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
Anxiety can affect you both physically and mentally. The severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Anxiety can cause changes in behavior and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as :
A sense of dread
Feeling constantly "on -edge"
Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contacts to avoid feelings of worry or dread.
Anxiety can impact daily life and cause significant distress in relationships. Therapy has been shown to help significantly in managing symptoms and learning healthy ways of coping.
Eating disorders are serious emotional and physical illnesses that involve complex and damaging relationships with food, eating, exercise and body image. These patterns lead to disruption in behavior, thinking, and mood. Eating disorders may impact interpersonal relationships, school, work and physical health.
Someone with an eating disorder will continue these behaviors despite physical and personal consequences. This may be caused by any number of factors and serve any number of purposes. No matter the reason behind the eating disorder, these actions are harmful and can result in significant functional impairment.
Teenagers today face a growing number
of challenges and stressors in all areas of life. Unfortunately, teens often suffer in silence with feelings of anxiety, depression, and despair.
Therapy can assist teens in making sense of feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Therapy offers a safe space for support, learning, and growth.
It's important to be aware of behaviors that indicate a need for professional help.
I offer a comprehensive approach to treatment with teens that includes:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Therapy (DBT)
Social Skills and Self-Esteem Skills
Coping Skills/Self-Harm Management
Coping with Body Image Challenges