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
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
- 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
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.