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Individual Adult Therapy

In individual therapy with adults, the focus is on the perceptions, feelings, thoughts, and symptoms of the client. Through the therapeutic relationship, adults in therapy gain new awareness regarding their difficulties and build and strengthen healthy ways of coping with stress.

Adults who may benefit from individual therapy include adults who . . .
~Suffer from depression or other mood disorders
~Experience anxiety, fear, specific phobias, or obsessions and  compulsions (OCD)
~Have recently experienced a major life change such as marriage, birth of child, medical issues, or career
and academic change
~Need help dealing with a loss due to death, divorce, or abandonment
~Want to improve their personal or professional relationships
~Exhibit disordered eating patterns
~Have experienced abuse or trauma
​ ~Have low self-esteem which is keeping them from achieving their goals

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Couples Therapy

In couple’s therapy, the focus is on the relationship between two people rather than the perceptions, thoughts, or symptoms of an individual. The goal of couple’s therapy is to improve the relationship through improving communication skills. Often, couples enter therapy with particular disagreements and seek my help in solving those specific issues. Therapy can help you with those problems, but can also provide you with the skills you need to solve your disagreements and issues more effectively. By developing those skills and practicing them, you will be better able to face and meet future challenges as a couple.

Couples who may benefit from therapy include couples who . . .
~Feel they cannot express themselves effectively
~Are considering marriage
~Are considering separation/divorce
~Are planning a pregnancy, currently expecting, or have recently had a baby
~Find themselves getting angry at each other over "little things"
~Are having more frequent or violent arguments

To only name a few.

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Family Therapy

In family therapy the set of relationships among family members is the focus of treatment. In family therapy I can help you recognize how these relationships are related to the current difficulties experienced by one or more family members and work together to improve these relationships. In family therapy, the goal is not to assign blame. Rather, the goal is to develop new ways of interacting with one another that promote healthy, loving relationships.

Family therapy sessions are often combined with individual and couples therapy sessions.

Family therapy may be beneficial for families who . . .
~Are struggling with divorce or remarriage have recently experienced a stressful event, such as a move or
new job
~Have recently experienced the death or loss of a loved one
~Are struggling with the effects of alcoholism or drug abuse
~Are having difficulty adjusting to the birth of a sibling
~Are experiencing conflict that they don't feel they can handle on their own

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Having children is one of the most rewarding experiences an adult can have. As a mother, I know that it is also one of the most frustrating, difficult challenges that most people encounter.

When your child is having difficulties, either with acting out behaviors, moodiness, depression, anxiety or peer difficulties, it can help to talk with a counselor about how you are handling the situation. I can teach you new strategies for helping your child through a difficult time. Parent guidance sessions are usually combined with individual, and/or family therapy sessions in order to maximize the benefits of treatment.

Parent guidance sessions may be helpful for parents who . . .
~Are having difficulty redirecting or correcting inappropriate behavior in their child
~Want to learn how to help their child deal more effectively with stress
~Want to help an older child adjust to the birth or adoption of a sibling
~Are concerned that their child is having difficulty with peers

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Adolescents can also benefit from therapy. Individual therapy sessions are appropriate for older, highly verbal children and adolescents.

In individual sessions, the focus is on the thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of the adolescent. My goal is to help children and adolescents identify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are related to current difficulties and replace them with more effective strategies. Because children and adolescents are usually not self-referred for therapy, often much of the early work is focused on establishing a trusting relationship and helping the client understand the potential benefits of therapy.

Individual sessions with adolescents are frequently combined with parent or family sessions to monitor progress.

Adolescents who may benefit from therapy include those who . . .
~Are anxious and fearful
~Seem depressed, sad, or withdrawn
~Seem unmotivated or "lazy"
~Have low self-esteem
~Have poor relationships with peers
~Are argumentative or defiant
~Exhibit disordered eating patterns
~Display marked fear of places, situations, or items that are not dangerous
~Seem irritable or angry
~Demonstrate a lack of self-control
~Are having difficulty adjusting to a new school or sibling
~Need help expressing feelings related to parental conflict, divorce, or remarriage
​ ~Are grieving the loss of a loved one

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