“If you can’t fly, then run. if you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am currently providing services in person and via video conferencing.
Together we can help you better understand yourself. Therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and caretaker alike. It is not a magic pill or a quick fix. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
I believe that many of the ways we relate to others and understand ourselves originate in the past. We establish patterns and coping mechanisms that follow us throughout our lives. Understanding the origins of your problems, and these patterns and mechanisms alleviates distress, deepens self acceptance and leads to personal growth.
Every couple is unique; all relationships encounter bumps along the road. However, when partners find themselves having difficulties, couples therapy may be helpful.
In our couples therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and identify your strengths as a couple. Your strenghts will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to increase intimacy and joy in your relationship.
Couples counseling can help you:
decide whether or not to stay together
step into each others’ shoes and understand each others’ perspectives
become emotionally closer
deal with infidelity
navigate children leaving home, or joining your family
develop a mutually agreed upon way to approach child (and, adolescent) rearing
increase emotional intimacy
improve sexual intimacy
deal with conflicts around money, religion, parenting, etc.
deepen your understanding of, and empathy for, each other
deal with strains associated with extended family members, such as in-laws
deal with traumatic losses
co-parent during or following a divorce
figure out how to help an adult child who is having difficulty launching into the world of school or work
deal with anger, rage and hurt
WHERE TO BEGIN
When you reach out, we will initially schedule a 20-minute consultation. This allows us to touch base around your presenting concerns and scheduling needs. Should we align on those fronts, we will set up an initial meeting. The first few sessions of treatment are considered a consultation phase, during which I will evaluate your needs and formulate a plan for your treatment.
During these sessions I will gather background information including a mental and physical health history, family history, employment, school etc. in addition to information related to why you are seeking psychotherapy services. From this information and once I feel I have developed a basic understanding of your needs, I will determine whether my expertise is a good match for your needs. If I do not feel I will be able to offer you the services you need or that other services would be better suited, I will assist you in finding other referrals and resources.
It is important to remember therapy works best when you feel comfortable with your therapist and can develop a trusting relationship. These first few sessions will give you a sense of me and my manner of working, so you may determine whether you would like to work with me. I welcome honesty and openness in this process and am happy to help you find another therapist if it does not feel like a good fit.