Below is an overview of the types of issues I typically work with in my practice. 

 Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.

Individuals


Adults who feel stressed, depressed, anxious or generally unsettled in their lives can benefit from therapy.  I see adults who are struggling with life transitions, such as separation or divorce, career changes, or grief and loss.   I'm not an addictions specialist but I do quite a bit of work with clients of spouses who are abusing drugs or alcohol.  I also have advanced training in trauma and can help clients process events and cope with symptoms related to the trauma.  


College students who are having trouble adjusting to college life are a growing part of my practice. I work with these emerging adults to identify the source of the problem and connect them to resources that can help them return to school with confidence. In some cases, returning to college is not an option and alternative plans are developed.


Parents who need extra support and guidance meet with me to identify problem areas and develop plans to address parenting issues.  I am particularly skilled at working with new mothers adjusting to lifestyle changes, parents of challenging teens, and parents of children with special needs.


Therapists who are seeking therapy for themselves can expect quality services and strict confidentiality. I understand the unique challenges that come with seeking therapy when you are used to being in the role of the therapist and will do whatever I can to make the process comfortable and useful.


Couples


I provide assessments, insight, and interventions to couples who want to restore health, connection, and trust to their relationships.  I have extensive training in couples counseling and my work is heavily based on Gottman and Imago techniques.  I've completed coursework with Harville Hendrix and Drs. John and Julie Gottman and feel competent working with even the most challenging couples.  Issues of infidelity, lack of emotional connection, conflict resolution, physical intimacy, and resentment are some of the issues we can work on in couples counseling.  The couples work I do is very structured and each session is designed to work on a specific problem area.


Discernment Counseling for Couples Considering Divorce


Discernment counseling is specially designed for couples where one partner is leaning toward divorce and the other wants to preserve the marriage.  It can also be used when both spouses are unsure if they are still invested in the marriage.  Couples like this don't always do well in traditional marriage counseling that aims to solve marital problems.  The focus of discernment counseling is not on solving problems.  Instead, the goal is to gain clarity and confidence about whether the problems can be solved and how to move forward.  Sessions involve separate conversations with each spouse, as well as time together as a couple.  Discernment counseling is short term - usually no more than 5 sessions.  Sessions are 90 minutes. At the conclusion of discernment counseling, couples will decide between three paths:  keep the marriage as it is, divorce, or commit to marriage counseling.  This service is well suited for couples who know they need to do something but aren't sure they want to do couples therapy.


  

Professional Supervision and Consultation


Clinical supervision and consultation  is an important part of my practice. I offer supervision to social workers and counselors working toward licensure, as well as consultation to licensed therapists.  I know from personal experience that a good supervisor can make a big difference in the life of someone entering the mental health profession. I have extensive training in clinical supervision and years of experience working with graduate students and therapists.   In addition, I am familiar with the paperwork required by the state and have kept up with recent changes to licensing requirements for LPCs and social workers.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your supervision or consultation needs and how we may be able to work together.