Choosing a Therapist:
Our therapists are highly qualified, licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists, who have a number of different specialties. We also offer sliding scale services through our well-trained and competent psychological assistants and MFT interns. In determining the best fit, we try and match the needs of the client with an appropriate therapist. Our therapists do have individual styles and we encourage you to seek out a comfortable therapeutic match, which is essential to the work.
We offer one-on-one counseling for adults. The initial reason most seek out therapy may differ, but there is often a common need for support, acceptance, guidance, and direction. Our therapists cover a variety of specialties and work with clients to uncover obstacles, determine goals, and offer hope. Individual counseling helps to increase a sense of well-being, improve communication, develop new coping skills, build healthy relationships, understand oneself, and increase confidence. We are committed to offering affordable and professional services, respecting confidentiality and the specific needs of each individual.
Relationships can be tricky as they necessitate two individuals trying to navigate life together. It is common for couples to need additional support at times and a safe place to explore the complicating issues that can arise. Couples counseling focuses on the communication between you and your partner, learning how to verbalize your own needs as well as hear the needs of your partner. It provides the chance to reflect on your process as a couple and as individuals, understand obstacles that have developed, and create stability. You and your partner can develop goals together and utilize the time to take responsibility to respect one another as well as the bond.
Families often need a place to come together to find positive ways to communicate. At times, therapy is the sole opportunity to have the entire family together, discussing personal matters in a safe environment. It is usually helpful to have an entire family join the session although this is not always possible. Therapy serves as a forum to allow each family member to feel and be heard and have their needs respected in order to work toward conflict resolution and direction. Patterns develop within families; understanding these patterns is the first step to change. Insight and a willingness to make changes can create the space to value one another and build unity. The work done in therapy can then be translated into daily life, improving communication, building empathy between family members, setting and maintaining realistic boundaries, building respect, understanding dynamics, and improving relationships.
Areas Of Treatment:
- Academic Concerns
- Alcohol Abuse
- Anger Management
- Anxiety or Fears
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention Deficit (ADHD)
- Behavioral Issues
- Borderline Personality
- Career Counseling
- Chronic Impulsivity
- Chronic Pain or Illness
- Conflict Resolution
- Conflicts with peers and friends
- Coping Skills
- Dual Diagnosis
- DUI Evaluation
- Eating Disorders: Anorexia or Bulimia
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Internet Addiction
- Learning Disabilities
- Loss or Grief
- Narcissistic Personality
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction
- Sexual Identity Therapy
- Sleep problems or Insomnia
- Social Skills
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Ideation
- Trauma and PTSD
- Weight Loss & Bariatric Post-Surgery Counseling
Not just a childhood disorder, many adults suffer from AD/HD (commonly referred to ADD), and many unknowingly. Perhaps you find yourself continuously making the same mistakes over and over again; procrastinating; losing things; telling yourself things take less time than they really do; making your partner angry because of your disorganization, defensiveness, emotionality, poor listening, and interrupting. Many adults with AD/HD have gone undiagnosed for their whole lives, leading to unhealthy ways of coping with the stress and overwhelm living with AD/HD causes. Marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco use are among the common ways adults with AD/HD have self-medicated to cope. It is likely you have acquired a series of unsuccessful relationships, or perhaps you have avoided the intimate connection of commitment and wonder why you can’t maintain a relationship. Many adults with AD/HD are high functioning, successful professionals and parents who eventually experience burnout as a result of a life time of being blind to and chasing the symptoms of AD/HD. The good news is that if you are reading this, it means you relate in some way, are probably tired out of this problem, and are looking for help. With your readiness to confront your issues, you come equipped with the advantageous attitude to begin to tackle your AD/HD.
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Amicable Divorce and Separation
Amicable divorce and separation involves two individual motivated to collaborate in the work of resolving conflict with the guidance of a trained professional. Amicable divorce and separation is becoming a more and more popular way to handle unresolved issues between divorcing and separating couples. It allows couples to handle their conflicts and seek agreement in a more mutually satisfying way. Through this approach, you have the best chance of avoiding a legal battle. If children are involved, amicable divorce and separation helps protect your children from the pain and stress of a high-conflict divorce and court proceedings. My work involves helping both married and same-sex married couples or domestic partners.
My role as your therapist is to help you communicate your needs and interests to each other. Together we will work to resolve your differences, and, by transforming the typical view of conflict from opposition to opportunity, collaboration and compromise become possible. Once we establish a collaborative working relationship, we assess and communicate about the needs of each individual in the family. This includes creating a plan for child custody and support, developing a co-parenting plan, and coming to a financial agreement that is mutually beneficial. I will collaborate with your accountants and attorneys (if you have them), or I can refer you to collaborative professionals as needed. Through our work, it is possible to create a working arrangement between the two of you that we can document and use as a template for your formal divorce or separation agreement. When we reach that point, we will have an agreed upon attorney draw up the final legal documents. Amicable divorce collaboration is possible and can be a much simpler solution!
Art therapy is a form of therapy that allows an individual to spontaneously tap into feelings and thoughts that haven’t been expressed before, which can help promote personal development. By creating art and reflecting on the process, individuals can enhance self-awareness, process painful memories of stress and trauma, enhance coping skills and cognitive abilities, as well as enjoy the creative pleasures of making art.
Art therapy utilizes drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms. It is an effective form of therapy used with children, adolescents, adults, groups, and families to assess and treat symptoms such as: anxiety, depression, addiction, relational problems, trauma, social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness, grief and loss, as well as physical, cognitive, and neurological disabilities.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive technique to teach clients how to develop the ability to control their body’s functions (i.e. heart-rate and breathing), which in turn helps manage symptoms of anxiety and stress. Biofeedback is considered an effective alternative to medication for many conditions. It is beneficial for physical issues, such as asthma, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and digestive problems. The learned awareness of controlling your heart rate and breathing allows for the behavioral or emotional changes needed to overcome a particular concern. For example, an individual suffering from chronic pain or headaches can learn to consciously relax the muscles that are causing the discomfort and, in doing so, reduce the pain. Ultimately, a person can recognize problems and utilize these most effective techniques at home.
Hypnotherapy is a method to tap into a person’s unconsciousness to alter disruptive or unwanted attitudes, behaviors, and feelings. Hypnosis can be helpful for anxiety (e.g., fear of public speaking, test taking, social anxiety), weight loss, fertility concerns, smoking cessation, insomnia, stress management, and headaches. It is a common myth that hypnosis is about one person controlling the mind of another. When participating in hypnosis, you are in control of your experience. During hypnosis individuals experience a heightened state of being receptive to more desirable behaviors and beliefs. This open mental state can be tremendously helpful in confronting problematic issues and in making the internal changes necessary to overcome them. Under the care of a trusted hypnotherapist, relaxation techniques are implemented and suggestions are provided to help you commit to the changes you want to make in your life. Hypnosis allows for processing issues free from the “noise” of the conscious mind.
Who of us has not been told by a close friend, partner or sibling, “Stop! You’re being too hard on yourself.” At some point in our lives, most of us fall into the trap of thinking that being our own worst critic is going to somehow make things better or help us reach our goals. Quite the opposite is true. Mindfulness is a philosophy of self-acceptance. With continued practice, a sense of self-love begins to permeate even the aspects of yourself you’ve been criticizing all along. Through mindfulness training, there is an opportunity for lasting change. Soon, an inner dialog of criticism begins to fade and eventually ceases to predominate one’s thoughts.
Mindfulness can take many forms. Some people do a regular meditation practice, while others appreciate just being fully present in the moment. Mindfulness involves actively observing your moment-to-moment experience with acceptance. As you do this you begin gain a better understanding of your body, mind, and emotions. You no longer react quite so negatively to unwanted thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. You begin to have more choice in your life and a sense of peace and balance. You begin to see the effectiveness of self-compassion, as well as the futility of self-criticism.
Many have had the experience of being raised by a family who wielded criticism as a tool of discipline in order to produce a desired behavior. This method got temporary results, while wounding the child’s self-esteem in the process. Criticism, no matter how long and how fiercely repeated, rarely produces a lasting result. The practice of Mindfulness, however, creates positive real and enduring changes and is especially beneficial to those raised in a critical environment, who have adopted that critical voice.
Mindfulness is an effective, evidenced-based treatment for a variety of issues, such as anxiety and stress. The mindfulness techniques can also positively affect moods and treat depressive symptoms. It has even surpassed traditional cognitive-behavioral therapies for staying out of depression.
While insight is important, it is just one of the pieces in understanding repetitive, self-defeating behaviors. But insight alone does not always affect change. Consider the old Indian fable where three blind men were asked, “What is an elephant?” Each answered with the part of the elephant they alone touched. Each of their descriptions was true from their perspectives, but not one description gave an accurate vision of the whole animal. Mindfulness is a practice that integrates all parts of the self and enables one to finally find a lasting solution to distress.
Parenthood, the most wonderfully challenging role you can take on. One minute you feel competent and empowered, and the next overwhelmed and confused. You set out with good intentions, yet the path to meeting your parental goals might not always be clear. What felt effective one day, may not the next as your child is changing physically, cognitively, and emotionally. In addition, many parents are facing a variety of environmental factors such as balancing work life and parenthood, financial and/or family stress, possible trauma, and even a parent’s own personal stress level and mood. There are so many variants on a day-to-day basis that play into your ability to parent and make the best decisions you can, which may leave you questioning yourself and needing help.
Through the therapeutic process, you can gain support and guidance, as well as knowledge about child development and neurological growth. The goal is to help you feel comfortable and empowered in your decision-making process.