Therapy With Teens
Teens walk that fine line between childhood and adulthood, between their need for your help and their need to figure things out for themselves. As a therapist, my work with teens is based on my respect for them, not only of their developmental phase, but of their experience as well. I take the time to earn their trust by letting their voices be heard and honoring the significance they place on events in their lives. As teens are developing their identity, I never ask my clients to be anything other than who they are at that moment, and I expect that it could change from session to session. That’s all part of the process!
One of the trickiest parts of working with teens is their strong need for privacy. I balance a respect for their privacy with a respect for your relationship with them. Your ability to communicate and set boundaries with your teenager is of utmost importance, and so I involve parents/guardians in therapy as often as I can. I am not interested in replacing the bond you have with your teenager, only strengthening the bond that may have suffered over time. In this way, you and your teenager can share the responsibility for change without placing undue pressure on either of you. By working together, I hope to help teens find the motivation they need to create the positive identity and life they deserve.
Therapy with Young Adults
Young adulthood can end as late as one’s thirties. During this time, an incredible amount of change occurs, as individuals strive to find their own place in the world. Identity development, education and career, and forming adult relationships are exciting but stressful aspects of this journey. Often, these natural transitions from one phase of life to another can feel overwhelming and lead to anxiety, depression, or at least confusion about one’s choices. In therapy, young adults can process the difficult emotions that arise in response to these transitions and learn to make confident decisions about the direction of their lives.
Couples and Marriage Therapy
As a couples therapist, I view communication problems and intimacy issues as a breakdown in connection between you and your partner. In our work together, we will focus on healing through reconnecting with your partner by creating new, shared meanings about the relationship. Typically, clients rely on old assumptions about how to make a relationship work. These separate and different perspectives often get in the way of being understanding and compassionate for your loved one. Ultimately, your ability to be understanding and compassionate for your partner will improve your ability to communicate more effectively.
My style of couples therapy honors different communication styles. We will explore both verbal and non-verbal methods of expressing what you feel and think to your partner. We will learn together which methods are most useful to you, so that you may walk away from each session knowing more about your partner than you did before. My hope is that improved communication will lead to more openness, which will inevitably lead to greater intimacy and a more satisfying relationship.
**Couples Therapy is appropriate for both married and unmarried partners.**
Parents, children, and siblings often have very different ways of seeing the problems that arise in their families. The truth is that most problems surface because long-standing patterns of behavior and communication no longer work. Families naturally create these patterns and over time, become entrenched in them, allowing them to dictate communication and behavior. If these patterns are not flexible enough, families struggle to adapt to natural changes in a family’s life cycle. Reactions to normal life transitions and major life events become troubling and disrupt your otherwise happy home. Common concerns addressed in family therapy include:
- Your Child Becoming a Teenager
- The Death of a Loved One
- Divorce or Marriage
- Creating an Adult Relationship with Your Parents
- Sibling Conflict
- Joining Together to Heal Wounds from Past Experiences
In family therapy, I will become an advocate for your entire family by promoting reconnection and facilitating communication. I can’t guarantee that sessions will always be comfortable, but I can promise that family members learn to listen and understand each other like never before. We will work to find common ground on a variety of issues, including school, discipline, boundaries, and appropriate ways to disagree. I believe that each family member shares the responsibility for improvement. Therefore, I will challenge and support each of you to develop new perspectives and find empathy for one another. Each of you has strengths, and together, you can overcome any obstacle your family faces.
My areas of experience include, but are not limited to:
Anxiety and stress related concerns
Depression and other mood disorders
Negative/critical/obsessive thought patterns
Trauma, Grief, & Loss
Phase of life transitions (i.e. career changes, divorce, etc.)
Attention Deficit Disorders
School Interview Prep (Private Schools and Colleges/Universities)
Challenges with Disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorders, and Learning Disorders)