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Couples Therapy

Couples seek therapy at various stages in their marriage or relationship. Pre-marital counseling addresses styles of conflict, families of origin, cultural, ethnic or religious differences, expected roles of partners, rules and deal breakers. Best to know the pitfalls and how to avoid them or how to approach them together.

Many couples come in because they are frequently arguing or bickering without any resolution. There are usually significant issues underneath the surface that need to be discussed and resolved while building communication skills and anger management skills.

Sometimes significant events occur that bring a marriage to its breaking point. Couples come in to salvage the relationship if possible, or to gain clarity about what is needed (ie. divorce or separation). Examples of these types of events are affairs, addictions, religious conversions, chronic illnesses, the loss of sexual relations, or problems involving other family members.

Couples also come to therapy when they are unable to handle their children or have extreme differences in parenting practices.

With a therapist present, it is possible to discuss "hot topics" that would typically become arguments. After a successful course of couples counseling, couples learn to communicate more effectively and treat each other with dignity and respect.



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Family Therapy

Family therapy occurs when more than one family member attends the session. Family therapy can be very effective as a way to help family members get along with each other. Parenting skills can be learned or enhanced and communication skills can be built. Children and adolescents may feel that they are being heard and that their opinions and feelings are taken seriously. Parents become empowered and gain self-confidence in their parenting skills. With a successful course of family counseling, parents and children strengthen their relationships and develop new understandings of each other bringing harmony into the household.






Norman Rockwell, Thanksgiving

Individual Therapy

Individuals come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Something isn't right in their lives and they want some change. Clients present with feelings of depression, anxiety, or just being overwhelmed. Life transitions can be difficult and may be eased in therapy.

Therapy covers the factors in a person's life that are playing a role in their stress. These factors can be occupational or relational, or they may be symptoms that are related to events in the past such as traumas or family issues. While modern science has medications for depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, attention problems and chronic pain, etc., counseling helps one deal with the issues that created the need for medication. In many cases, it is possible to tackle your issues without medications and gain relief from your symptoms.



Education

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Supervision is offered for those individuals who are seeking a license in Marriage and Family Therapy. I provide a collaborative approach and believe in building on strengths. Supervisees can be very hard on themselves; I offer reassurance that their therapy is helpful and assistance when they feel "stuck." Supervisees will learn to see their cases from a systemic point of view. They will develop an expertise in recognizing systems, patterns, and a wide variety of relational dynamics.