Individuals often seek therapy for a variety of reasons at many different stages of life. Some issues I often help clients manage are: anxiety, depression or sadness, decreased self-esteem, self-identity formation, body-image distortions, sexuality questions, relationship struggles, and more. I have supported and empowered individuals in countless communities spanning age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and those that defy labels or categories.
Some Areas of Specialty and Expertise
Women and Girl's Issues
I am committed to helping young girls and women find strength and power in their own sense of selves, in their intuitions, and in their stories. Some issues I frequently help girls and women work through are:
Anxiety and depression
Bullying or harassment
School or work difficulties
Sexuality challenges or questions
In my private practice, previous work counseling teens, and tenure as a group facilitator with The Moms Groups (http://www.themomsgroups.com/) - I have extensive experience supporting young females and women through many different stages of life. I have had the honor of helping to empower teen girls at vulnerable times; I have assisted females in their 20s and 30s to process life transitions, relationship issues, and battle the anxieties and pressures that our society can place on women; and I have supported women on their journeys in their quests to motherhood - many battling infertility struggles, or postpartum anxiety and depression.
I utilize a developmental and family systems approach to help teens (and their parents) navigate the intense, confusing emotions and stressors that can accompany these adolescent years. Some issues I regularly assist young people with are:
Relationship or identity questions
Lowered self-esteem or body-image distortions
Challenges with peers
Feelings of anxiety, sadness, isolation, or not belonging
Grief, loss or major life transitions
The young people I have worked with have consistently noted an increased sense of self-esteem and well-being after our positive therapeutic experience. Additionally, in our therapy, many teens have reported feeling overwhelmingly reassured, calmed, and grounded with the experience of being understood by a neutral support source they feel connected to.
Adolescents face what can seem like unending puzzles and challenges in their teen years. I learned this first hand, when I worked for many years providing individual, group and crisis counseling for adolescents with a community, school-based program called Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) (http://www.egscf.org/programs/steps/teen-services/). As a result, I maintain a special interest and passion for supporting teens at this particularly formative and important time in their lives.