My Approach to Helping
We save marriages by helping you rebuild and repair your relationship. We take a solution-focused approach, since no one wants to spend months or years in therapy. Over more than two decades, we have helped hundreds of families, individuals, and couples achieve their relationships goals. We focus on finding solutions, not ruminating on problems, and we turn your focus to the future, not the past.
I believe in the value of marriage. It's a superior tonic for mental health. Getting and staying married reduces depression, according to one recent study.
I offer anger management, training in relationship communication, conflict resolution, and assertiveness training to improve your family and marriage. I also help my clients with ADHD, strong-willed children, anxiety, depression, panic, grief, stress, loss, and intimacy issues.
More Info About My Practice
I completed a master's degree in marriage and family therapy at Fairfield University in 1996. I am certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy by Boston University's post-graduate program, and have training in dialectical-behavior therapy. I am a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and certified as an Anger Management Specialist I by the National Anger Management Association.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am certified in cognitive behavioral treatment (Boston University post-graduate program) with additional training in dialectical behavior therapy.
The goal of CBT is to help people change the way they deal with an issue or emotional problem by helping them change their patterns of thinking. We do this by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are currently held (the cognitive processes) and understanding how these processes affect a person's current behavior in their way of dealing with issues. CBT is based on the theory that it is not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we give to those events. Changing these cognitive processes can help us find alternative, positive ways to face our life situations.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills are integrated into my sessions to help clients with their issues as needed. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of DBT in treating a number of mental health issues such as anxiety, anger, depression and addictions. We concentrate on four sets of skills: 1. Mindful Living; 2. Distress Tolerance; 3. Emotional Regulation and 4. Interpersonal Effectiveness.