Counseling

What types of counseling do you provide?

Individual Counseling

Many issues can be attended to effectively in individual counseling. The therapeutic relationship has been established to be the most important element in encouraging effective therapy. For this reason, it is important to find a psychotherapist that you feel comfortable with.

Abuse & Trauma Counseling

Counseling for abuse or any type of trauma involves therapies which reduce or eliminate the effects of the past on the present by helping to:

  • grieve the abuse or trauma experience
  • develop tolerance for and manage emotions so that they don’t rule you
  • transform negative beliefs about the yourself
  • learn new patterns of behavior
  • re-define who you are separate from what happened

Marriage Counseling

Relationship counseling for married or unmarried couples can revitalize commitment and promote increased happiness and joy. I work with couples to help them more fully experience their love for one another.

Family Counseling

Some issues benefit from including all family members, including adult children. Family therapy with young children would involve some assessment with parents first, and referrals would be made if appropriate.

Group Counseling

Groups consist of 4-8 people who share a common issue. My current group is Women’s Voices.

 

What kinds of therapy approaches do you use?

I choose from the following therapeutic approaches based upon clients’ goals and my professional assessment:

  • Psycho-dynamic therapy – explores family of origin issues and how they relate to present problems
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – teaches new ways of thinking and behaving
  • Interpersonal reconstructive therapy – identifies the learning of and motivation for problematic behavior and addresses the will to change
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – facilitates healing from trauma
  • Psychodrama – provides experiential exercises to promote change efforts
  • Mindfulness techniques and art therapy may be used to complement our work.
  • “Homework” assignments may be suggested occasionally to those who are open to this approach; I find this adds to the benefit of therapy sessions.