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

 

Teens

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
  • Bullying
  • Previous trauma
  • 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.


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:

  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Body-image distortions
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bullying or harassment  
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship questions
  • Perinatal struggles
  • Communication skills
  • School or work difficulties
  • Sexuality challenges or questions
  • Past traumas
  • Infertility

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.