My Services

Therapy consists of 45-55 minute, one-on-one sessions that help you work through your concerns. In addition to listening, I will guide you towards solutions and provide guidance based on my experience, I play an active role. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:

1. First, I provide a safe, accepting space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me. You are never forced to share something you don’t feel comfortable sharing.

2. Through hearing your story, I will start to get a picture of what your challenges are.

3. We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations.

4. We will also work to discover what your goals are in therapy and in life.

5. Keeping your unique goals in mind, we’ll figure out what’s needed to help you reach them.

6. Over the course of our sessions, you will start making progress towards the life you desire.

Research shows that therapy can positively change your thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you let go of what’s holding you back.

Anxiety

Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try? Have you already tried therapy but found it ineffective?
When it comes to treating anxiety symptoms, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms to the problem.

Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:

  • Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
  • Feelings of danger, panic or dread
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Trembling or muscle twitching
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

Parenting

“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.”

– Matt Walsh

Being a parent can be extremely stressful and produce a lot of anxiety. Many of my clients express frustration because of fire-breathing behaviors and question why their children behave in certain ways. You may be exhausted and sick of yelling all the time. You may love your child so much but you don’t know how to better address these issues and you are motivated to learn better strategies. If you are ready for guidance and non-judgmental support from someone who has worked for years providing hands-on parenting coaching, then I’m your go-to person! Often mothers experience guilt, anxiety, and constant exhaustion – I know, I’ve been there! In therapy you can learn how to better connect with your child and learn the root cause for certain behaviors.

Circle of Security – Parenting Program

The Circle of Security-Parenting program is designed to help parents learn to observe and interpret children’s behavior using the Circle of Security map. Put simply, this is a map of children’s behavior and emotions. Using this map helps parents find answers to some important questions such as:

“Why does my child behave that way?”
“What do they need?”
“How can I best help them grow up?”

According to research, a strong relationship with your child will mean raising a successful child. Circle of Security-Parenting is an 8-week program and is based on over 60 years of research. It is being used world-wide to help children be happier and more responsive to their parents, develop self-control, get along better with friends and teachers, and grow to be competent in adolescence and adulthood. Offered either in private therapy sessions, or in small groups (soon to come- stay tuned!), this program will put you on a path to strengthen the bond with your child.

Adoption

For adoptive moms, it can be really upsetting when people imply that your child isn’t really your own (which is completely untrue!), or that your child’s behavioral issues are your fault (also untrue!). Perhaps your child is starting to ask questions about his or her birth parents and you don’t know what to say, or maybe you are questioning whether or not to tell him or her about his or her birth parents. And for birth moms – how do you respond when someone asks you if you have children, or asks you how many children you have, etc.? These kinds of questions are really difficult. The feelings involved in having someone else parent and raise the child you gave birth to, whether it was your choice or not, can be really confusing, difficult to process, and sometimes hard to manage.

Adoptive moms and birth moms, you might have tried therapy before but it wasn’t helpful. Adoption is a specialty, and not every therapist has the competency training or the experience to understand issues specific to adoption, or that adoption could be the underlying reason for different issues like anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. It can be a huge help to feel supported by someone who “gets it.”
Therapy with a therapist who completed the rigorous training and received accreditation by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E) can help you figure out how to answer difficult adoption-related questions, or help you to figure out how to manage different adoption-related issues.

Relationships

There are all kinds of relationships: romantic relationships, friendships, family relationships – no matter the kind of relationship, the bottom line is that relationships can be super stressful. I will help you process difficult transitions like a breakup, learn to communicate more effectively with your loved ones, create appropriate boundaries, and learn how to politely assert your needs.

EMDR

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based therapy with over 20 years of research demonstrating its effectiveness in healing traumatic memories.

EMDR incorporates elements of Cognitive Therapy, mind-body awareness, various relaxation techniques, and guided imagery. Before beginning work on any particular trauma memories, the client is asked to work with the therapist to develop resources, such as a “Calm Place,” to learn to calm the body’s response to triggers to past trauma. The therapist then guides the client through processing old memories, using eye movements, tapping, or hand-held buzzers to activate the brain to access the memory.

Eventually memories which created high levels of distress no longer create disturbance, and become integrated into the client’s other memories and experiences in a healthy and useful way. This often creates feelings of healing, and hopefulness for the future.
Ongoing research recognizes EMDR as effective in alleviating symptoms of anxiety, phobias, depression, as well as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

 

“Beneath every behavior there is a feeling, and beneath each feeling there is a need. When we meet that need rather than focusing on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause not the symptom.”

– Anonymous