Approach

I believe every person strives for health and has the possibility of healing, although one often meets great challenges along the way. A professional therapeutic relationship with another person who is meant to facilitate the process of overcoming these challenges can be of great benefit. Psychotherapy offers a confidential place for a person to share, explore, and process those things that make life stressful.

I work holistically, integrating mind, body, and spirit into the way I think about the human experience and condition. Mine is a collaborative, psychodynamic style, so I always bear in mind how the relationship I develop with my clients relates to the issues and struggles they deal with out in the world.

By carefully and thoughtfully examining your life -- your hopes, fears, and desires -- we develop a practice: a discipline cultivated over time that will help you continue to grow for years to come. By exploring your thoughts and feelings, we make meaning out of experience.

Maternal Mental Health

Maternal mental health, or perinatal mental health, refers to the mental states of a woman that relate to her being a mother: pre-conception, during pregnancy, and with a newborn or child of any age. Perinatal mental health issues present at all levels of the lifespan and in all forms. Pressure to be a mother, infertility, the loss of a child, hormonal imbalances due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, the day to day care of a child, balancing work and motherhood, or a child moving out of the home-- any one of these issues can throw women into great emotional turmoil. Often women find themselves feeling very alone and hopeless, grieving, overwhelmed, and frightened of the situation they are in. These feelings are natural but rarely spoken of. Psychotherapy can be a great resource for women during these times.

Adolescents

Adolescence is a time of both disorientation and discovery; adolescents struggle with issues of independence and self-identity, and they often feel misunderstood as they are struggling to leave behind their childhood and become adults.. Peer groups and external appearance tend to increase in importance. Adolescents—young men and young women--experience all kinds of new changes in their bodies and in their feelings. Adolescence has commonly been characterized by rebellious behavior, lying, cheating, school performance problems, negative attitudes, disobedience and disrespect, sibling rivalry, drug and alcohol abuse, pressures from peers, depression, and issues of sexuality. And while almost every teenager experiments with drugs, alcohol, and sexuality, it is not uncommon for experimentation to be pushed to limits of abuse and dependence. While a serious addiction may require outpatient and/or residential treatment, many adolescents can benefit from simply having a safe place to process their new emotions and struggling identity. Psychotherapy can also be effective as a means to identify and control substance use.



“Personal growth comes through struggle” - Martin Luther King, Jr.