My approach to counseling is drawn from my training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, The 12-Step Recovery Model, Domestic Violence Intervention, Family Systems Theory and other treatment modalities that I have incorporated in over 20 years in this field. I do not believe "one size fits all" in counseling and I strive to build on your individual strengths and help you to maximize your potential for personal growth and fulfillment. My goal is to provide a safe environment where you can feel comfortable to explore the past, gain personal insight and make positive changes when necessary. I view therapy as a highly collaborative process. I value your input and encourage you to discuss any concerns you have throughout our work together.
In working with children and adolescents, I rely on vital input from parents and may ask you to participate briefly at the beginning of each session, attend monthly parent consultations without your child present, as well as family therapy sessions as needed. I consider you to be the expert on your child and am here to help you add more tools to your tool chest. When conducting play therapy with your child, I do not typically discuss explicit details of our sessions with you, in an effort to maintain the child's privacy. This results in the child's free expression in sessions and engenders trust in me as the therapist. I will however, communicate with you my understanding of your child's psychological needs and conflicts and work with you on strategies for more effective parenting. *(The only exception to involving a parent in the therapeutic process is when abuse to the child has been disclosed and participation by this parent could be detrimental to the therapeutic relationship I have established with the child). I do not offer custody evaluations, but can provide you with referrals for individuals who specialize in this area.
In working with couples, my focus is on identifying the existing problems and strengths within the relationship between you and your partner, so both of you feel satisfied and get your needs met in healthy ways. I will help you identify areas of conflict within the relationship and guide you while you examine what changes need to be made. I will help you learn how to communicate more effectively, listen more closely, avoid competing with one another, build upon common goals and share responsibility within the relationship. This process is a combination of therapy, mediation and education. I ask couples meet for 90 minute sessions in order to give me an adequate amount of time to address your concerns. It is not uncommon for me to see each of you individually, once a month to asses progress and determine efficacy of treatment.
In working with groups, I incorporate several different techniques tailored to the needs of the participants. I offer parent education groups for any parent looking for help with the challenges of raising young children, preteens or adolescents. I frequently offer psycho-educational groups for children, preteens and adolescents that target specific issues including; "tween" female empowerment, social skills groups for High Functioning Autism and psycho-educational support groups for children, preteens and adolescents struggling with the effects of their parent's divorce or separation, domestic violence and substance abuse. I am not currently offering any groups.