I view psychotherapy as
a respectful partnership.
My style is "active"
rather than "silent", as I believe people can evaluate and choose
the ideas that are useful for themselves.
Knowledge and experience
with a wide range of approaches enables me to be flexible in tailoring
my approach to fit the needs of each particular person.
The therapy relationship
provides a safe laboratory for experimenting with new ways of relating.
Emotions must be an integral
part of therapeutic learning.
While therapy should not
be rushed, focus on the problems the person presents should result in resolving
issues in a timely way.
My special interest and expertise is in working with people on achieving
more satisfying relationships. Through identifying patterns of handling
conflict and developing strategies for change, any relationship can improve:
at work, with a spouse, with family members, as well as difficulties in
establishing a close, intimate relationship. Individuals, couples and/or
families can do this relationship work.
When unsure whether psychotherapy is indicated, or whether working with
me in particular will be a good fit, consultation can be helpful. Issues
that led you to seek therapy can be clarified and steps needed for change
can be explored. Questions such as whether to seek individual or couple
counseling can be addressed.
When facing a life crisis, or when concerned about starting a "forever"
therapy, brief therapy provides a positive alternative. "Brief"
can mean a time limited contract, such as 6 or 12 sessions, and/ or a therapy
that focuses on a particular problem area to achieve quick resolution of
the presenting issues. Types of problems that lend to this approach might
be loss such as divorce, separation, death; post-traumatic stress after
experiences like rape, theft, auto accident; life changing experiences
such as illness, loss of job, moving; important decisions such as ending
a relationship or abortion; and sexual difficulties.
When struggling with ongoing discomfort such as with depression, anxiety,
a general feeling of dissatisfaction, we explore the underlying issues
that are interfering with a sense of pleasure and vibrancy in your life.
Together, we actively work on solving problems so you can enjoy yourself
on your own as soon as possible.
Mediation is separate from
my psychotherapy practice, but draws on my knowledge of couple,family and
Divorce Mediation is a constructive and cost effective alternative
method for separating and divorcing couples to work out agreements regarding
property division, child custody, spousal and child support. As a mediator,
I facilitate resolution of differences and development of workable plans;
this enables the couple to maintain the decision making power over the
important issues of their financial and personal future, rather than having
a judge decide. In conjunction with an advisory attorney, all documents
required for obtaining a divorce are prepared.
For more information, go
to Mediation web page.