For those looking for insight, perspective, and guidance when making major life decisions such as improving or leaving a relationship, entering the dating scene, improving one's dating to growthful relationship ratio, career change, increasing upward mobility, or returning to school, coaching may be very effective. For these clients, I specialize in dating, relationship, and life coaching. Please click the coaching tab above for more information.
My work in this realm often focuses on social skills development and practice through generative discussion and game play. I also explore with my clients the process of identifying and relating their own feelings, needs, and goals. I prefer to work not only with those that have been diagnosed but also those closest to them to assist them in developing techniques that can be more effectively practiced and used outside of the therapy room through positive experiences and greater, deeper, and more transformative mutual understanding.
Dating and Relationship work:
I see dating and relationships as a dance. Each partner has to work to not step on the other one’s toes; often, if it is a good dance, each takes a turn supporting the other, and if it is a really good dance, the participants win as a team. I like to work with my clients in defining their ideas of and goals for dating and relationships, how these help them, what they bring to a relationship, what they are looking for in a dance partner, and how to effectively go about this process in a way that makes sense for them. For established couples, I like to work with my clients to determine what brought them together, what still works, and what and how change might be beneficial.
Depression is a small word for a state that can both encompass and be affected by so many things. I like to work with my clients to discuss their lives, contexts, and how they both effect and are affected by their contexts. I believe both words and perspective can be helpful in changing our feelings and ideas about our lives and relationships. I believe, as most collaborative therapists do, that conversations can heal, and I work within that context to assist my clients in finding relief, comfort, and improvement.
Our lives, particularly in this age of instantaneous information, can potentially provide us with much to worry about. Excessive worry can be a particularly troublesome worry to have. I often work with those of my clients who are struggling with this concern to define and redefine their concerns and in that redefining to gain new perspective and determine new solutions for managing their concerns. To develop perspectives and solutions that free them from clinging to worry and panic and open them up to calm, confident potential.
Alpha-Stim is Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and is used to assist in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and/or insomnia. Alpha-Stim can be used as either an adjunct to talk therapy and medicine, or as an alternative to those treatments. It is a microcurrent device that works at the electron level to simultaneously increase alpha brainwaves (those associated with relaxed states) and decrease beta brainwaves (those associated with increased alertness). This device is used in office to provide clients with comfortable, long lasting, and cumulative relief.
My work with those living with cancer and/or other chronic or terminal illness:
Illness can bring a great many changes to a person and their family and/or support network. Isolation, role changes, and re-defining both self and relationships are only a few of the things that can occur in response to chronic or terminal illness. My advanced clinical training and experience in therapy for individuals, couples, and families coping with cancer and other chronic illness leads me to focus on my client’s experiences, needs, and goals in unique and comprehensive ways. I work with my clients to mutually define both concerns and management ideas based on research, and therapist and client experience.
Experiencing the death of a loved one in your life is often a deeply impactful experience that incorporates a wide variety of difficult and often unexpected social and emotional complications. I like to work with my clients to explore these impacts and changes and to assist them in developing a new and more comfortable sense of themselves, others, and life after a death.
I generally attempt to tailor my therapy to meet the needs and preferences of the clients that come to see me. As a collaborative therapist I find great import in the language a client uses to talk about food, control, and other aspects of life, how they define food, and if and how they feel food defines them. I also like to explore client’s ideas of control in their lives and what they do when they are feeling out of control of certain aspects of their lives. As a marriage and family therapist, I see clients as people living and reacting within their contexts and find great benefit in exploring how their contexts influence their responses, how their responses influence those contexts, and the potential benefits of changing those responses.