Services

Individual Psychotherapy with Adolescents
The stresses of adolescence appear to be particularly challenging these days. Adolescents can often benefit from participating in psychotherapy to help them manage the stresses of school, family life, peer relations, and planning for the future. They may experience periods of depression and/or anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, or difficulty with anger. Through therapy, they can learn ways to cope with these stresses and become more resilient. They may need help challenging negative self-esteem and developing a more realistic view of themselves. Adolescence can be a difficult time, but also one which is rich with possibilities in exploring one’s identity and dreams for the future.

Individual Psychotherapy with Adults
Although adults come in with a variety of issues that they wish to resolve, I particularly enjoy helping others:

  • to resolve their self-limiting beliefs that lead to depression, despair and a sense of powerlessness and meaningless in life
  • to transform self-defeating behaviors, attitudes, and negative self-esteem issues that interfere with achieving life goals
  • to explore and work toward resolving issues of depression, anxiety, guilt and trauma
  • to discover what is blocking them from living a more creative, joyful and authentic life

Couples Therapy
I have experience working with both gay and straight couples. Common areas of clinical focus with couples include:

  • Rekindling relationship intimacy by helping partners to resolve old fears and bitterness, rebuild trust, and risk greater vulnerability and openheartedness
  • Helping couples transform self-protective strategies that undermine intimacy, including withdrawal and silence, criticism and pursuit, defensiveness and contempt
  • Helping each partner articulate their view and experience of the relationship
  • Helping each partner understand, relate to, and more fully appreciate the other's experience
  • Identify patterns of behavior, thinking, and feeling which contribute to difficulties
  • Improve listening and communication skills
  • Increase the couple's ability to resolve conflicts on their own through increased awareness of self and the other

My approach to couples therapy is also evolving, but it is an approach rooted in Collaborative Couples Therapy, developed by Dan Wile, Ph.D., as well as the model developed by John Gottman, Ph.D. In addition, I often suggest the principles of Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.

ADHD Coaching
Individuals with ADD/ADHD typically have many strengths, but their challenges in the area of executive functioning (planning, organizing, managing time, getting started and completing tasks, remembering what to do, etc.) often interfere with their utilizing their talents and strengths. This often contributes to low self-esteem, lack of motivation and discouragement. Coaching to address the specific executive functioning difficulties can help the individual more effectively set goals and work to achieve them. And, as one achieves success managing these difficulties, confidence, self-esteem and motivation have a greater chance to flourish.

Coaching involves: identifying the areas of difficulty, setting small, realistic goals to address these difficulties, monitoring progress, addressing challenges or roadblocks to achieving success, while encouraging the individual to learn from setbacks and attempt to keep a hopeful outlook. The sessions are much more structured than psychotherapy sessions, in that there is a specific goal for each session and a plan for working toward and accomplishing that goal. In addition, brief coaching calls between sessions can be made to monitor and encourage the individual. My approach is to support and encourage the individual as I give them tools to achieve his or her goals.

Experience

For a full description of my relevant experience, please see my Curriculum Vitae.

In addition to my specialty in working with ADD/ADHD, I have experience working with a wide range of issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues and Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Avoidance and Procrastination
  • Obsessiveness/Compulsiveness
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
  • Grief
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Personal Growth/Identity/Finding Passion in One's Life
  • Mindfulnesss