Issues

  • Addiction

  • Adoption Concerns

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Borderline Personality

  • Chronic Illness

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Cultural and Social Transitions and Challenges

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Family Conflict

  • Gender Identity and Ambiguity

  • Grief and Unresolved Morning

  • Marital and Premarital Counseling

  • Men's Issues

  • Narcissitic Personality

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Impulsivity

  • Oppositional Disorder

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships

  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Sexual Disfunction

  • Stress

  • Substance Abuse

  • Supervision for Psychotherapists

  • Trauma and Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Women's Issues

Services I Offer

Individual Therapy

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A frequently asked question, “Is my problem serious enough to need psychotherapy”?   Any problem or concern that continues to impinge on your emotional life or interfere with sustaining positive interpersonal relationships, despite your best efforts, are appropriate for psychotherapy.

Sometimes persons have a specific issue such as: anxiety, depression or compulsive behavior (i.e. hand washing or repetitive actions) in an attempt to abolish unwanted feelings. In other instances the inability to control unwanted behaviors such as alcohol abuse or addictions, feelings of shame, guilt, emptiness or a sense that your life is passing by without accomplishment or contentment, are all reasons people seek individual Psychotherapy.

Couple Counseling

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In couples counseling the relationship as a unit, rather than the individual, is the focus.  

Each person learns to assess his/her role in the relationship and assume responsibility for his/her own feelings and actions. Blame has no place at the table.  Non-judgmental listening skills are taught and couples become more proficient in listening and hearing their partner.
I am comfortable working with both straight and gay couples.

Family Therapy

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Families today are bombarded with an over-abundance of information and external influences. This can often cause conflict between family members. 

Through mindful listening dialogue each family member can obtain a better understanding of himself or herself, their role within the family structure and modify unhealthy patterns of interaction. 

Adolescent Therapy

Adolescents frequently bring conflicting feelings related to family, peers and self-esteem. It is a time of rapid maturity and change. Contradictory yearnings for  independence clash with their continued need and reliance on parents.


Our work together entails a consistent relationship and curiosity about their emerging independence and allows for ambivalences to be worked out. 
 

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Dreams and Interpretations in Psychotherapy

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    “A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read.”

                                                          Talmud,  R. Hisdu (c. 217-309)

I have a special interest and expertise in working with dreams.  Together, we explore the dream elements that are reflective of the dreamer’s thoughts and feelings, but are not yet consciously known.  

 

Dreams usually  appear disguised, symbolizing people or important events.  For  example, a patient’s dream of swimming with turtles expressed feelings about his mother, who collected turtle sculptures, and recently had been hospitalized.

 

Freud believed dreams were wishes relating to one’s childhood.  However, dreaming also may be a way of working out contemporary conflicts, ambivalences or acceptance of life events. 

 

Have you ever said or done something that you felt was “not you?”  Understanding your dreams is a psychotherapeutic tool that helps to reveal dissociated thoughts and feelings and to advance the psychotherapeutic dialogue between us.

Employee Assistance

Your employer may offer a free of charge benefit such as an Employee Assistance Program, whereby employees receive a limited amount of counseling sessions for mental health issues, problems related to your employment or family.

 

 Since humans do not leave their problems on their doorstep, employees often find the EAP to be a worthwhile introduction to to tackling their problems.