Mental Health Care Services
My therapy practice is insight-oriented and relationally focused. I help clients build healthy relationships, empower dating or married couples to embrace intimacy, and work with individuals to break destructive patterns and behaviors.
Couples and Relationship Therapy
In my practice, I see couples of all ages and relationship stages. From pre-marital counseling, to newlyweds seeking an affair-proof start, to couples recovering from an emotional or physical affair, long-term partners seeking to rekindle intimacy, to individuals who want to have a positive dating experience, I apply an insight-oriented approach that has been proven by research to have more effective, lasting, long-term positive outcomes than simply learning communication skills or cognitive-behavioral therapy. Insight-oriented therapy is more difficult for both the clients and the therapist, but I use it because it is backed by research and because I have seen its effectiveness.
I offer short-term, solution-focused therapy for career counseling or career change, as well as consultation and advice for short term issues, such as coping with loss. For those wanting to make structural personality changes, create deeper connections in their relationships, and break destructive, painful relational or dating patterns, I also offer long-term deeper, more insight-oriented and relational work. Using a bio-psycho-social framework, I can also support your journey into becoming a more physically fit and healthy person so that you love the space you occupy mentally, physically and spiritually.
Therapy services and formats offered include:
- Pre-marital counseling
- Marriage counseling
- Couples therapy
- Individual therapy
Common issues or topics that I can help you work to resolve include:
- Dating and relationships
- Marital problems
- Affairs and infidelity
- Emotional affairs
- Divorce and breakups
- Intimacy issues
- Barriers to healthy communication
- Emotional Abuse
- Workplace issues and frustrations
- Coping with grief and loss
- Family of origin issues, unhealthy patterns learned from the house where you grew up
- Childhood abuse
- Healing trauma
- Abandonment issues
- Shame and feelings of inadequacy
- Anger issues
- Personality Disorders, Borderline Personality (BPD), Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Codependent and counterdependent tendencies
- Panic Disorder
What to expect
Each therapy session is 50 minutes, including the time it takes to schedule your follow up appointment.
We’ll be walking through these steps together to help you gain self-awareness, better understand who you are, and gather insight that is key to making real, lasting, impactful change in your life.
- Intake appointments: Your first two to three appointments will allow me to get to know you and your family background. I’ll complete a genogram, a chart similar to a family tree, in order to help you identify repetitive developmental behaviors which often show up as destructive, frustrating roadblocks in adult relationships. Once your intake is complete, I will give you my straightforward impression of the developmental issues which have shaped your personality and created your self-concept or how you view yourself, and affected your choices in relationship partners. From there, I can help you make positive, healthy, long-lasting changes with a real understanding of these core issues. This process may be in the form of individual sessions or between partners in couples therapy.
- Measures and Check Ins: I use psychological measures, on an ongoing basis, for anxiety, depression and PTSD. These typically take 2-3 minutes for you to complete. This provides a baseline to measure your progress so that YOU will know if you are improving. I can’t guarantee that you will improve. However, using these measures will help us to address issues as they arise, rather than relying on intuition, which is ineffective. I will continually check in with you so that we can address any concerns you may have as they come up. During my doctorate program, I was fortunate to be trained to use “My Outcomes,” a psychological measuring and client tracking system created by Scott Miller, PhD and Barry Duncan, PhD. I measure outcomes in my practice because of the effectiveness of this approach with my clients. I want you to know if you are improving or not. This process also allows me to continue to improve as a therapist, which is enormously important to me.To learn more about research-based outcomes and measures, visit: http://www.psychotherapy.net/article/therapy-effectiveness