By identifying and changing our patterns of thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, we have the endless capacity to create profound change.
My practice of psychotherapy is a strength based, skill building approach influenced by positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental psychology, family systems, and strategic theory. I utilize a biopsychosocial perspective, with an emphasis on the role of self regulation, the importance of increasing coping skills, and building on existing strengths. As I believe each person and situation is unique, good treatment involves a thorough assessment of the presenting issues, the dynamics of the situation, and the strengths and challenges each client brings to the table.
treatment AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Coping with medical illness (including family dynamics when a member of family is ill)
- Pain management
- Medical provider burnout and compassion fatigue
- Medical trauma treatment and prevention
- Parenting work
- Life transitions
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR CHILDREN
While I do pain management work from infancy through adulthood, for more traditional psychotherapy, I work with clients from from age 6 and up. I believe that while I get to see kids usually an hour a week, the rest of the week is when they practice the skills and strategies to make the most progress possible. The focus is often on self regulation skills, learning how to recognize and control emotional responses, and learning the social skills necessary to navigate their worlds successfully. It is an active process, and family involvement is an important component.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
The period of adolescence and young adulthood has its own unique challenges, and opportunities. It's an exciting time of identity development, increasing independence, and a complex social world. Skills and resilience built in these years not only can mean a happier adolescence, but better mental health for the future.
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADULTS
By building on strengths and fostering underdeveloped resources, we all have the capacity to feel better about ourselves, and to create change. To make the most progress, therapy is an active process, and a true collaboration with the therapist. I love working with clients to facilitate their process of self discovery, and empower them to make the changes and build the skills needed to get them to the place they want to be.
FAMILY THERAPY and PARENTING WORK
Navigating the challenges and joys of parenting can be, and often is, an exhausting process. I like to create a safe space for parents and families to explore and problem solve the difficulties that can make life more stressful than need be, and remove the obstacles that can get in the way of reaching the full potential of family life. This includes helping couples keep their connection strong and feeling supported.