PhD, LPC, LMFT
I generally find that people look for help at times when something in their lives is changing. At such times many adults, adolescents, and children have feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety-or have other symptoms–because they need to feel recognized and appreciated. I focus on helping people stay connected during life changes e.g. who is in the household; losses at work or school; or family changes related to aging. I work with relationship situations including parent-child; parent-adolescent; sibling; same-sex, heterosexual, and cross-cultural couples; and stepfamilies as well as other complex family forms.
My unique approach (see www.identityrenegotiation.com) focuses on how people can “change”–not by becoming a different person but by finding lost parts of themselves. Individually or in couple/family therapy, my clients resolve emotional and behavioral problems through a combination of reflection, choice, behavior change, and collaboration/ coordination with others.
I begin by inviting people to share their life stories, recognizing that there may not be a single story that connects all parts of their lives. Recognizing that not everyone is able to come to my physical office, I also conduct sessions electronically. I have found Email and video to be especially helpful with stepfamilies, military and business couples and families dealing with long-distance relationships; and multiple households created by separation and divorce. My credentials can be examined at www.aamft.org/therapistlocator/net
Skills and Expertise
Blended Family Issues
Child or Adolescent
Divorce and Divorce Adjustment
Elderly Persons Disorders
Family of Origin Issues
Infidelity and Affair Recovery
Mens Issues and Problems
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Couple and Family Systems Therapy