My Approach to Helping
Life involves continual adaptation that can overload our individual wisdom. Reaching out for assistance is the right choice when feeling overloaded and offline.
I assist with the rebooting process and help reveal fresh perspectives for wiser adaptation. The process involves reflection and curiosity - openness to exploring responses to life's circumstances. This process precedes and facilitates adaptive shifts. Self-awareness awakens possibilities.
People have a sense of what works and is meaningful to them. My approach evolves around collaboration. This involves my stepping into your world. I use my imagination to see and experience the world as you do. That helps me to see how you developed adaptive skills. By getting a flavor of your life experience I can better join your efforts to bring your process back online.
Ensuring your self-acceptance is as critical to this process and your well-being as making adjustments and changes. My approach assumes you want to make a shift in order to move forward with self-compassion and in a way that is consistent with your values.
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More Info About My Practice
Individuals: $80 per meeting (50 minutes*)
Couples and Families: $80 per meeting (70 minutes*)
The FIRST APPOINTMENT is extended an additional 30 minutes at the first meeting to allow time to address your preliminary questions, agree on a plan, and determine whether we are a good fit.
COUPLES+FAMILY MEETINGS are normally 70 minutes. This fits a conversational approach and is intended to encourage discussion and interaction. Please advise me how I may accommodate your special needs.
A PROCESS-SUPPORT GROUP for COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS is offered. It is an opportunity to explore the personal and professional - and possible overlap. A key feature is its attention to therapist well-being. The group meets twice a month (1st & 3rd Fridays) with a minimum five-month commitment. A Pre-group interview to assess for optimal placement is required ($75).
AVAILABILITY: Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The misuse of alcohol+drugs impacts partners+family members as well as the person misusing. I am skilled as helping with a variety of issues related to all those affected.
I work with a a host of issues that arise as lives evolve and unsettling changes occur: relocation, retirement, divorce, separation, remarriage, new relationship, new job, new career, merging households+families.
I have a special interest in people attempting to integrate and balance a multi-ethnic, _cultural background (e.g., born abroad and living here with family abroad; having a strong dual-identity or cultural background.)
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Psychotherapy and counseling are helpful. During difficult times they help by increasing self-awareness, which opens up possibilities and options. For example, a partner becomes aware of her-his role in miscommunication; family members gain understanding of themselves as they view their behavior and roles within the context of family dynamics.
Counseling creates a neutral space that invites self-acceptance and compassion. These are needed to support and sustain efforts to make positive adjustments and changes.
An irony of psychotherapy during stressful times is that it provides opportunities to discover desirable personal aspects that might otherwise remain hidden.
Counseling can be beneficial even when you feel you have a handle on things and times are not especially difficult. In fact, taking advantage of psychotherapy before difficulties become problems can be empowering and energizing.
Psychotherapy is a safe place where individual values and needs are respected; affirmation of needs is empowering. In fact, to act in defiance of rules (that are often unstated), for example, against asking for help or asserting oneself is energizing and empowering. Psychotherapy is a process of reflection that invites clarity, different perspectives and possibilities.