Counseling, Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Counseling is a more short term or spaced out treatment for families, couples or individuals who want to work on a few things. This can range from one to several meetings and entail everything from simply being a place for you to be heard and understood to collaborating on problems and offering you tools to continue your work after counseling.
Psychotherapy (a word which means "healing of the soul") is a more involved depth work for individuals and couples aimed at discovering & healing unconscious/unsatisfying patterns of believing and relating. Usually psychotherapy is one to two times a week for a season of time. The frequency of appointments is important because the relationship with the therapist is a vital part of the healing and spaced out sessions hinder that close relating.
Psychoanalysis is like psychotherapy only more. Psychoanalysis ("Soul-Examination") is a therapy for individuals that profoundly respects the complexity of the human experience. People seek analysis for healing from trauma and deep hurts as well as for help with the persistent but hidden things that block them from living a satisfying life. It is an intense therapy. Psychoanalysis is usually three times a week or more for an extended time.
I work with all kinds of people and problems
but those I see most are:
Ages 25 and Up
I often work with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, relationships (i.e. "it's hard to make or keep relationships" or "I keep making destructive relationships"), listlessness or feeling stuck, a lack of empathy, ultra sensitivity to feeling hurt or rejected by others. I also work with those who would say they don't know who they are or that they feel much younger on the inside then they are on the outside.
In individual psychotherapy the relationship itself with the therapist is the biggest creator of change. Though it takes time, once trust is built, walls can come down and new emotional experiences and insight can happen, opening up the avenue for real change to occur.
Married | pre-marital | partnership
Whether it's conflict, infidelity, boredom, or recovering from traumatic experiences, I work with couples in a way that helps people recognize what is happening underneath the surface of conflict (it's never just about sex or the toothpaste) and how those experiences connect to earlier formative experiences in life. This helps people to feel more balanced in their emotions during conflict as well as increases their ability to be there for their partner when they need them. The insight I offer helps people stop re-enacting painful experiences of loss and disappointment and begin communicating and relating to each other in new trusting ways that make sense to both people.
Teens & Adolescents
Ages 12 - 25
I love teenagers and adolescents! I have been working with teens and adolescents for over fifteen years. Whether it's problems with anxiety, depression, identity issues, deliberate self harm (cutting, etc.), eating disorders, relationship problems with parents or friends, or trouble in school I work with teens and adolescents in a way that allows them to be understood for their heart, not just their behavior. In doing so I often can help teens rebound again. When I can, I also involve parents by facilitating conversations between them and their teen(s), as well as through coaching them on how to work with the healthy human development of their teens, not against it.