My Approach to Helping
For over 30 years, my practice has been guided by the goal of providing hope and relief to adults, children, and teenagers. I've helped many clients make long-lasting and meaningful changes in their lives. I know that the search for a therapist often signals that something's not going well in your life. My practice includes people who want to change their relationships, their jobs, or their feelings about themselves. I also welcome those experiencing life changes and loss.
Maybe you feel depressed, anxious, confused, adrift, or empty. Maybe life feels off kilter or unsatisfying. It could be that your old coping methods don't' work anymore or that you find yourself constantly worrying or struggling to sleep.
Maybe you notice that you endlessly repeat the same patterns and make the same mistakes.
Whether you want better personal and professional relationships, you want to gain a better understanding of yourself and the people around you, you need to feel better, you long for new solutions to old problems, or you just want to gain a better understanding of yourself and those around you, we can work together toward these ends. I use a personalized approach based on what works best with each client, and I offer a safe, comfortable, confidential environment in which you can safely explore your needs.
More Info About My Practice
When I work with children and adolescents, I place a strong focus on the parent-child relationship. I know how difficult it can be to parent a child who needs help. My goal is to understand the source of the problem and then recommend steps that can help your child. I embrace early intervention because therapy can alleviate challenges that interfere with a child's development, thus helping your child reach his or her full potential. I have worked with the full spectrum of childhood difficulties, including challenges such as death, divorce, or illness, as well as developmental challenges such as separation anxiety and sibling rivalry. I also work with children experiencing developmental delays, behavior or school challenges, depression, anxiety, or eating problems. I specialize in eating concerns, anorexia, bulimia, and body image challenges. I collaborate with physicians and nutritionists to offer a comprehensive treatment plan for children and teenagers facing these concerns.
My Role as a Therapist
The purpose of psychotherapy is to remove obstacles to living a satisfying, productive life. That includes improving one's relationship with oneself and with others. My role is to facilitate the discovery and understanding of those obstacles and to help develop a collaborative working relationship to address them.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
If you are ambivalent about seeking therapy, I recommend that you come in for several meetings to discuss your concerns and to allow me to help you think about what might be in the way of getting help. Coming in is usually more than half the battle. If we make a good connection, it may lead to a productive working relationship.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
It is important to find someone with whom one feels a safe connection, and someone you feel understood by. Sometimes it is necessary to meet with a therapist several times to get a sense of what the working relationship feels like. It is also important to know something about the depth of the therapist's training and experience.