I provide a relationship-based therapeutic process in which children, teens, and adults can develop their strengths and apply new strategies to manage the circumstances that bring them frustration, conflict, pain, and impede their sense of accomplishment and progress in daily life. I also employ cognitive behavioral strategies and a psychodynamically informed perspective to the understanding of relationships.
Individual Psychotherapy is generally sought out by people looking to develop their internal and external resources to manage the stress in their lives, and to overcome difficult life experiences that impede their present sense of wellbeing. The goals of therapy are driven by the expectations of the client and can focus on developing strategies to overcome destructive behavior patterns or choices, to heal from painful life experiences such as grief and loss, divorce, dysfunctional family of origin dynamics, or to navigate difficult developmental hurdles across the lifespan.
When working with children and teens, helping parents understand the experience of their child is essential, and empowers them to nurture and promote their child's health with confidence in their role and expectations of their child. Collaboration with other treatment and educational professionals (Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, school social workers, guidance counselors, academic deans, special education staff, academic consultants, tutors) is essential when working with children, and this is routine in my practice.
I offer kids therapy and parents consultation and collaboration to help them face the unexpected challenges that create havoc in their relationships. Teaching kids to develop strategies and coping skills to manage the real stresses in their lives create a greater opportunity for their sense of mastery and competence to flourish, which is essential. Helping kids identify the issues that create inner turmoil helps free them to seek positive solutions.
Helping parents understand the experiences of their children and their own reactions in context helps mitigate the chaos that often results when parent and child engage, and improves communication. Helping parents and their kids manage the conflicts related to rules, expectations, and limits, and fears related to managing the world helps restore relationships that go awry.
Family Therapy is a process to engage family members in healthier interactions and communication when tensions and conflict become frequent and de-stabilize the family system. Helping family members get to the heart of the real issues that keep them from being close is the goal of working as a family. Working as a partnership, and facilitating open communication without bias allows parents, children, and siblings to feelheard, attended to, and understood which promotes growth and change.
Couples Therapy is focused on exploring the patterns of communication within a relationship and unfolding the resentments, dissatisfactions, and hurts that do not get resolved by the couple over time. Because the existing communication patterns tend to re-injure or distract from the real issues at the heart of the matter, years of pain, hurt feelings, and anger go unattended and can create intractable patterns that promote distance and conflict.
I also work with adults and couples in a relational context to help them create positive changes in their lives. My goal is to help clients find inner resources to navigate the complexities of their experience to better manage the demands of their lives with greater energy and a sense of mastery and stability.
Agencies, organizations, and professionals are faced with myriad complex and dynamic situations that benefit from a clinical consultation process. As a field instructor associated with accredited local Schools of Social Work programs since 2001, and working with newly licensed private practitioners, I bring my clinical background and broad array of experiences in different workplace settings to the consultation process.
I have worked in community based mental health and social service agencies, hospitals, and in a therapeutic educational setting, as well as in private practice. I enjoy collaborating with professionals to secure favorable client outcomes and to promote a healthy dynamic workflow and workspace for the provider(s) of care.
From my experience in a therapeutic educational setting, I have significant experience relevant to parents in particular and professionals seeking services and placement(s) for their children. I consult regularly with families in crisis seeking interventions for children who are currently or recently hospitalized, or not functioning in the regular learning environment. The key in accessing services through special educational resources lies in the deliberate and express articulation of needs and required resources that will promote and allow for learning to take place and getting the diagnostic team to advocate for those needs and services RATHER THAN the "particular setting in which they would occur".