Individual therapy involves regularly scheduled one-on-one sessions, typically on a weekly basis. When beginning individual therapy, I will be conducting an initial assessment that will last anywhere from 1-4 sessions. It is my aim during this evaluation to not only understand what it is that you are seeking help for, but also to begin creating a space for safety, authenticity, and compassionate dialogue. From this place, we can work collaboratively to identify treatment goals and a plan for reaching those goals. For more information, please see my FAQ page.
I conduct individual therapy with adolescents and adults from all backgrounds and have professional interests in working with the following presenting issues:
- personal growth
- Identity development
- spiritual identity issues
- men's issues
- adolescent issues
- college-age issues
- anxiety and stress
- relational problems
- career issues
- substance issues
- existential issues
- life transition issues
- grief and loss
- the hero's journey
Whether you are in a new dating relationship, newly engaged or married, or have been married for years, couples therapy can be an excellent--and highly effective--way to stregthen the bond with your partner.
When couples are experiencing high levels of distress, it is usually a sign that they have have fallen into repetitive patterns of conflict, or negative interactional cycles, and are having a hard time breaking out. Most arguments appear to be related to issues of money, household chores, raising children, sex, etc. However, these arguments are usually being fueled by protests of not feeling safe, secure, or connected in the relationship.
Couples therapy begins with a 4 session assessment that is used to help understand your interactional "dance." Borrowing from the EFT approach (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), my goal in working with couples is to help them change their dance and begin to secure a stronger emotional bond with one another
Individuals cannot be understood in isolation from others. People are best understood within the context of their "systems." Typically a person's most important and most influential system is that of their immediate family and, just like a hanging mobile, movement of one piece of the system inevitably affects the others. Whether it is just one person in the family who seems to have "the problem" or the whole family seems to be in disarray (or anything in between), it is likely that the family as a whole is somehow reinforcing these problematic patterns.
Family therapy begins with an assessment process that involves all members of your immediate family (including children) and lasts up to 4 sessions. Borrowing from the EFT approach (Emotionally Focused Family Therapy), my aim is to help families understand the unspoken rules that are reinforcing their problematic interactional patterns and to begin shaping new patterns of behavior that are more likely to strenthen the emotional bond of the family.