Psychotherapeutic Services

Welcome and congratulations, you have just taken an important and often most difficult step towards positive change. Whether you are interested in getting help for yourself, your child, your relationship, or your family, psychotherapy may be able to assist. 

Individual Psychotherapy

Although eclectic in my case conceptualization and strategy implementation, I often work from a Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic model. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach which is used to help promote positive change, alleviate emotional distress, and to address a myriad of psychological, social, &/or behavioral issues. The focus of CBT is to identify and treat difficulties arising from an irrational thinking, misperceptions, dysfunctional thoughts, and faulty learning. The goals are therefore to reframe and restructure one’s faulty and often detrimental thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs. Once such thoughts are restructured, positive changes in behaviors and emotions are often able to be experienced. Adaptive coping skills and strategies are discussed, practiced and implemented throughout the sessions. The process is one of collaboration and the goal is long-lasting positive change. Emotional problems including but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress management, anger, guilt, low self-esteem, eating disorders, adjustment difficulties, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress can be positively addressed.

Psychotherapy with Children

My approach to psychotherapy with children integrates play therapy techniques, cognitive-behavior modification techniques, social skills and social problem solving training. I have experience working with children with a wide range of childhood disorders such as anxiety disorders, ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, and oppositional defiant disorder, as well as with the effects of such childhood issues as bullying, sibling rivalry, divorce, learning disabilities, social skills deficits, and low self-esteem. With your consent, I regularly consult with teachers, Child Study Team members, and other mental health or medical professionals who are working with your child. The goal of treatment is to effect positive change in the identified arena(s) of difficulty, while increasing self-esteem and bolstering self-confidence.

Family Therapy

Family therapy involves meeting with multiple family members at the same time. This approach emphasizes looking at what is occurring between family members as a whole rather than identifying how each individual is behaving and identifying one individual as the “problem”. The goal is to identify maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaving that are causing &/or maintaining familial difficulties. Once these patterns are identified, alternative approaches and skills are learned.

Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling

Couples therapy involved two people working as the "clients" with their relationship as the primary focus of clinical attention. The goal is to emphasize a couple's ability to improve their relationship by identifying maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaving that cause or maintain difficulties in their relationship. Once these patterns are identified, alternative skills and strategies are substituted. The goal is to identify and implement solution focused skills and the process is cooperative. While many couples aim to improve their marriage, there are times when a couple decides to no longer stay together. With therapy, this decision can be made with a clear head and in a collaborative, as opposed to adversarial fashion.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is when a group of persons (typically 5 to 10) gather to learn from and support each other with the therapist facilitating the discussion and interactions.

We currently offer the following groups:
Social Skills Training, Adolescent Girls’ Group, Grief & Loss Support Group, Divorce Support Group, Study Skills/Executive Functions Training Group, and Women’s Support Group.

Some groups are “closed” or fixed in terms of membership and number of session, and some are “open”, meaning that new members can join anytime and the group is ongoing. Please call us for more information regarding Group Therapy. If you are interested in a group that you do not see listed, please call to make a suggestion.