Helping Individuals of All Ages Address and Resolve Issues in Life
I acknowledge the character and personal style of each person and see my role as a psychologist to facilitate the changes that people seek or to help identify behaviors that may not be working well for them. My approach to providing therapy is humanistic and goal-directed. I use an integrated treatment approach with interventions being tailored to the needs of the individual and the nature of the presenting concern. I work collaboratively with clients and assist each person in the development of plans and strategies, which are both practical and solution-focused.
I am currently seeing clients in person, through video conferencing (Zoom), or on the phone.
My professional and life experiences enable me to be particularly capable of providing informed, realistic support and direction in the following areas:
Stress. These days, possibly more than ever before, there are significant pressures relating to finances, work, relationships and health concerns that may be put into a more manageable perspective when thoughtfully reviewed. Dealing with post-traumatic stress may require the identification of specific “triggers” and related strategies in the management of this form of stress.
Anxiety. Many individuals experience general worries, racing thoughts, fears, panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety. Frequently, issues like these can be better managed through the development of an appropriate intervention plan.
Depression. Frequently, those who “feel down,” have low energy, experience difficulty maintaining focus and a sense of pleasure, may feel worthless and even have suicidal thoughts can benefit from being guided in making changes to their lifestyle. In some cases, taking prescribed medication is a necessary option.
Grief/Loss. The loss of someone you value (including pets) can be an extremely upsetting occurrence. Sometimes there are extra complicating factors that make things feel even worse. Speaking about and reviewing the new realities can provide some relief in the grieving process.
Family and Relationship Issues. Family relations can be “great” or “horrible” with everything in between. Reviewing situations with an “outside person” can frequently lead to making better decisions regarding future communication with family members or friends.
Marital/partner relationships are frequently negatively affected by communication issues, fights over chores, finances, sex “the kids” (of all ages) or extramarital affairs. Many people also appreciate support when they are attempting to adjust positively to separation/divorce.
Parenting. Sometimes, parents can benefit from advice and direction in strengthening the bond between parent and child. Effectively providing support to children in their management of stress and their regulation of their emotions can lead to more positive interactions within the family. Separation and divorce usually present high levels of tension within families. Specific strategies can be identified in order to help mitigate emotional upset.
Workplace. Frustrations at work can taint your general happiness in life. Discussions regarding workplace challenges, dealing with bullies and the development of positive communication skills can lead to improvements in interactions at work.
Life Transitions. Moving through life transitions can be stressful. Whether it involves the identification of career and life goals, planning for retirement, or dealing with the aging process, frank discussion can prove to be helpful.
Men’s Issues. General communication styles, including anger management, addiction issues and other concerns are clearly relevant not only to men. Support and direction can sometimes be focused upon most effectively in "guy to guy" discussions.
Older Adults. Communication issues can develop between “older members” of the family and “younger members” of the family. This can involve being understood or understanding intended messages. Reviewing the situation with a third party can be very helpful in “sorting things out.”
Children and Adolescents.
Although somewhat different for younger children and adolescents, behavioral issues (including lack of confidence and social isolation), temper tantrums, power struggles, friendship difficulties and school-related problems frequently present upsetting situations. Particularly with adolescents, some forms of “acting out behavior” can lead to extremely serious if not dangerous situations. Dealing with separation/divorce, grief/loss, and substance abuse issues are common issues in which an independent professional can provide valuable input.