“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Individual therapy can help you sort out your feelings or problem solve an issue. It may be focused on managing a mental health issue, a relationship struggle or a family concern. My goal is to meet you where you are, really hear what is going on for you and collaborate on identifying your goals to help you understand yourself better, take the steps you wish, and move forward.
It is important for you to feel heard, understood and respected. This contributes to us developing good rapport, and it is very important in therapy. Individual therapy can help you develop awareness into your patterns and what happens for you when you feel stuck. I seek to listen respectfully to your thoughts and feelings and encourage you to accept your reactions with a sense of compassion. I can offer approaches that help you take action if you want to make changes – internal shifts in thinking, changes in your relationships, use of skills, behavioral steps to change dysfunctional patterns (to name a few). It can be helpful to follow up about how the process is going, and to meet as long as it is helpful towards your goals.
I work with adults as well as adolescents. Often I will involve parents and/or other family members when working with adolescents. I tend to use a variety of approaches – Emotionally Focused Individual therapy (EFIT), Narrative therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness based approaches. I am happy to talk about the approaches commonly used in therapy and welcome your questions.
Issues I work with:
Anxiety and stress
Depression and mood disorders
Dating and break-ups
Adjustment to college and/or graduate school
Binge eating/compulsive overeating
Body image concerns
LGBTQ+ specific issues
Neurodiversity/Mixed Neurotype couples
Grief and loss
Family of origin issues