Many therapists believe in being a neutral “blank slate” for the client. I find being active in our sessions (I’m going to talk) provides a richer and more connective experience.  Additionally, I will indeed use humor because it’s an incredibly effective tool in psychotherapy.  Since I am asking you to be present and vulnerable, I, too, will be present and vulnerable when needed...

Couples Therapy:

Did you know 64% of conflicts within couples will never be resolved?  How those unresolvable issues are managed is a marker of a successful relationship.  I specialize in couples therapy.  You have a choice of sessions to be 50 minutes, 90 minutes or 120 minutes.  Often couples have been waiting a long time before they decide to work with a therapist.  Issues can be triggering and might have already become an ingrained pattern of conflict.  It takes time to uncover these issues and I find longer sessions to be effective in being able to allow space for these issues to arrive.

I will use Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a method to build a “bridge of communication”.  Once we can break old, often ineffective ways of communicating, we can begin to work on the core issues that may have activated the conflict in the beginning.  Together we’ll create a safe space to decide the best way to move through some of the most challenging aspects to partnership.

 

Family therapy:

When working with families, the first step is to help everyone understand the patterns that are hindering effective communication.  We can create new ways of communicating that will ease conflict and build trust.  Families moving through challenging life-changing events will be able to have a safe, unconditional place to work through their frustrations and create connections with each other that can last a lifetime.

Individual therapy:

Maybe I’m biased, but I really think everyone can benefit from one-on-one therapy.  We are taught to “buck up!”, “get over it”, “move on” and “be brave”.  In reality, none of those strategies genuinely work and they certainly aren't going to offer you support during truly challenging times in your life.

My primary goal is to create a safe environment for you to express what is really happening to make life unpleasant and difficult.  I want to know how you've dealt with challenges in the past and figure out if those strategies worked for you; because often, they didn’t.  I would like to help you find new ways to see life and all the challenges it may hand you so you can move forward and thrive.

 

Child therapy:

Being a parent educator allows me a special insight into children and their developmental needs.  Through the use of art and play therapy, I create trust and safety for the child.  The process is lead by the child as we explore their ability to express emotions around presenting issues.  Together we will find more effective strategies to communicate feelings and needs.

Adolescence is fraught with identity confusion, social struggles and a huge neurological rewiring that is the root of a teenager’s bad reputation!  After establishing a strong foundation of trust, we work together to figure out the root of the uncomfortable circumstances and begin to create tools that will offer confidence and relief.