“There is a wilderness we walk alone, however well-companioned.”
- Stephen Vincent Benet
Throughout the life span each of us will pass through numerous periods of transition – adolescence, young adulthood, marriage, family, divorce, death of a loved one.
Each of these events call upon us to delve deeper into the meaning of who we are and what brings meaning to our lives.
I welcome the opportunity to provide “safe haven” to my clients as they search for answers and adjust to new ways of living.
Children grow best when they are seen and valued for precisely who they are.
Children experience the same world that adults walk through, but do not have the same filter for understanding and resolution.
Any change in their environment, from a move to parental separation to loss, creates disruption that can support growth, but also present challenge. Emotional support during difficult transitions or following trauma can provide the safe space to process these experiences so that they don’t follow them into adulthood.
Relationships are at the heart of each child’s world, and as such my work with children heavily involves you as the parents or caregivers.
The transition from little girl to young woman may outwardly appear to happen overnight.
Internally it is a much longer and complex process.
There are conflicting messages all around us as to what is valuable and attractive in women.
Teen girls are a particularly vulnerable population group as they are at a time in their lives when everything and everyone around them is changing, including themselves.
External forces such as school, friends, social media, magazines and movies often create a great deal of pressure for young women to try to "measure up." When they don't feel this is happening they can resort to coping mechanisms that are hurtful to their minds and bodies.
I approach clinical work with teen girls from a relationship perspective. Our time together will be spent in building a loving and accepting relationship with self.
This process will address a myriad of issues including body image, friends, anxiety and depression, school success and family relationships.
I teach coping skills to deal with day to day challenges. I utilize homework assignments, art therapy, journaling and other modalities in working with young women to recognize themselves as lovable people who have only just begun their life adventures.
Successful interpersonal relationships begin with an accepting relationship with self. Our work together will include both individual work and family sessions with parents and siblings as deemed necessary.
“For there is nothing lost, that may not be found if sought.”
Couples Counseling requires a skill set and clinical perspective unique from that of individual work.
Your couple relationship becomes the client and my job is to identify and address interaction patterns that are responsible for the physical and emotional distance between you and your partner.
This distance has created a disconnect between you and your spouse. Distance causes partners to shy away from talking about difficult subjects because conflict is so uncomfortable. Most of all, distance leaves partners without answers to their deepest questions:
Do you truly love me? Are you there for me? Do you have my back?
I approach couple work with an assessment of what's creating this painful distance in the relationship. I teach you the skills necessary to close this gap and reach out for one another with meaningful words and gestures.
I will teach you how to talk about difficult subjects!
These new ways of "being a couple" create opportunities for healing and growth and have great power to redefine any love relationship. I will challenge you as a couple to move forward in authoring your own resilient love story.
It is my core belief that interpersonal relationships are best when we have a loving and accepting relationship with ourselves. Therefore, our work together will most likely be comprised of individual and couple work.
I do not currently accept insurance plans. Rates are $130 per clinical hour which is approximately a 50 minute session. I accept cash, check or credit cards. Payment is expected at the time of service.