We all need help from time to time. But asking for help can be difficult. Friends and family can give great advice, but a professional therapist helps you go beyond the surface. Therapy is much more than figuring out what to do when you have a problem. Psychotherapy provides the opportunity to look at how and why similar situations keep you stuck in anxiety or depression. Counseling delivers tools to manage stress, anger and relationship unrest. The field of psychology employs theories to sort through the repeating emotions that deter you from enjoying life.
Therapy will help you adjust your ways of thinking and behaving and will allow you the opportunity to manage your feelings in ways to prevent future situations from holding you down again and again.
I look at you as a person with the hopes and dreams and aspirations that you deserve to have – and are within your reach. We will work together to find the solutions to lead you into positive mental health.
Therapy for Adults
If you seem to always be worried or frequently feeling down, there is a chance that you have been feeling like this for a while. With the wisdom and experience you hold as an adult, it can be difficult to believe you can’t pull yourself out of your own pain. The coping skills you used in the past to get you through difficult times may no longer give you relief – or they may have turned into unhealthy behaviors that are actually making things worse.
Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders can occur at any age, but for adults they may come and go or linger throughout your lifespan. In addition, adults face many transitions that can range from
- Coping with grief
- Relationship changes including breakups or divorce
- Medical illness
- Parenting and caretaking issues
- Adjusting to the aging process
- A change in job or career status.
These kinds of “life markers” may worsen a mental health problem you are already experiencing, or throw you into an unrest that is difficult to navigate on your own.
Adults have great success with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is the strongest evidence based treatment therapy for treating most adult mental health issues. I will combine CBT with other therapeutic interventions that will fit your needs and get you where you want and need to be in your life. To learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and treatment for adults, contact me.
Therapy for Teenagers
It may not be just a phase or “typical” teenage behavior. Mental health problems usually start in the early and mid-teenager years. Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders look very different in teens than they do in adults. The growth and development that occurs between the ages of 12-19 comes on quickly. The pressures that our youth currently face in the 21st century have gotten more complicated. Experts agree that catching and treating a budding mental health problem early in life is the key to long term health into adulthood. Therapy helps a young person find the motivation to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors so they may enter their adult years with a positive and healthy outlook on life.
Treating teenagers successfully takes a therapist who is specialized in handling that particular age group. I am easy to talk to and teens find me to be both understanding and directive. Building trust to engage a teenager and to get to the root of the problem is usually my first goal. If you are wondering whether it’s time to get help for a teenager, trust your intuition… learn more about treatment for teenagers.
Family therapy focuses on changes within a family and recognizes that family interactions have an impact on the feelings, behaviors and psychological adjustment of every family member. Usually communication skills and conflict resolution methods are at the forefront of counseling. Problem solving comes from gaining a better understanding of each other. By dissolving old patterns and learning new ways to handle emotions, situations and interactions, families learn to work together and grow together.
When I counsel families, I am always amazed at the strengths and competencies that exist in the family but have somehow gotten lost over time. Discovering each member’s needs and abilities, I will help the family achieve the closeness and connection they desire from one another.
Couples therapy helps you and your partner identify the issues that are causing conflict within your relationship. My solutions-focused therapy concentrates on finding healthy ways to resolve those conflicts. Couples come for counseling for a variety of issues that may range from financial concerns, parenting matters, extended family disputes, or intimacy difficulties. By learning how to communicate more effectively, and how to listen more closely, couples can explore different ways to interact within their relationship.
I will help you and your partner identify common life goals, decide what changes are needed, and clarify what direction you want your relationship to take. By promoting and teaching you methods to cooperate, collaborate and compromise you will both discover the important solutions to creating a more satisfying and fulfilling relationship.