Couples Therapy: I have been trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy, Level III. The Gottman method is the only therapy for couples that has been scientifically shown to be effective at reducing conflict and increasing relationship satisfaction over the long term. For more information, visit The Gottman Institute's research page. Common couples issues are: excessive conflict, emotional distance, lack of sexual intimacy, and co-parenting and financial disagreements. There is a special method for working with infidelity, and many couples can heal from these betrayals. Non-traditional and same-sex couples are welcome, and you can be confident that I am educated about dynamics in these types of relationships. I have found 50 minutes is inadequate for couples, and they often leave feeling dissatisfied and frustrated. Therefore, I only offer 80 and 105 minute sessions for couples.
EMDR Therapy for trauma: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is for almost everyone. If you're old enough to have a job, you've have some kind of traumatic event in your life. Some people have what's called simple trauma, often caused by a single event such as a bad car accident. Other people have complex trauma, caused by multiple negative events over a period of time. Traditional talk therapy is not effective at resolving these painful experiences. Luckily, EMDR therapy is available. A highly researched, validated, and effective treatment, EMDR therapy can resolve these challenging experiences. I use EMDR therapy for clients ages 11 and older.
Adolescent Therapy: Let's face it. Teens (and tweens) can be challenging, both for parents and for themselves. Some of the common issues I treat are: self-harm behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, impulsivity, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, healthy dating habits, acting-out behaviors, relationship issues, sleep problems, family conflict, and low academic achievement. I work with youth ages 11 and older.
Adult Therapy: Most adults come to counseling when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. I provide a supportive, judgement-free atmosphere to help you work on your goals. Therapy is much more than just listening, and how therapy proceeds depends on what works for each individual client. I use a variety of approaches, including: Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT), skill building, client-centered theories, and systemic/family interventions. Some of the common issues adults come to therapy for are: depression (including suicidality), anxiety, relationship problems, impulsivity, childhood or recent trauma, sexual issues, poor self-esteem, feelings of alienation and/or wanting to die, lack of social connection, insufficient coping skills, and sleep disorders.
Family Therapy: Often, family therapy is needed with a parent and their teen son or daughter are having significant conflict. Sometimes, family therapy is needed for other reasons, such as parents decide to separate and want to support their children through the process. I have helped families with a multitude of issues, such as: substance abuse, parent/child conflict, sibling conflict, trauma impacting one or more family members, and mental illness. When a family has a negative dynamic, such as one child being obviously favored by one or more parents, the children having more power in the family than the parents, or the children splitting the parents, these can also be addressed through family therapy.
Teletherapy sessions are also available. I use a free HIPAA-compliant program to ensure client confidentiality. Please contact me for details.
Insurance Information: Although I do not take insurance, many insurance companies provide "Out-of-Network" benefits. Please contact your insurance company to determine if you are eligible for these benefits. I also accept funds from HSA and FSA accounts. These things can often reduce the cost of therapy.