I am trained to work with people across the lifespan and enjoy doing so. I especially love working with adolescents and young adults (12 to 25), as well as parents, and much of my practice is devoted to work with clients in these groups.
I see tweens, teens and adults seeking help for a range of concerns including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety (OCD, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder)
- Gender Identity (Transgender, Gender Variant, Gender Questioning)
- Parenting an anxious, depressed or strong-willed child, teen or young adult
- Co-parenting after a separation or divorce
- Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
- ADHD (including Adult ADHD)
- Difficulty managing strong emotions
- Relationship/Interpersonal Issues
- Academic/Career Issues (especially transitioning from high school to college and from college to full-time work)
My Approach to Therapy
I believe people can achieve the kind of lives they want regardless of the stressors or psychological problems that present obstacles along the way.
My overarching theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral, which emphasizes the relationships among thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as changing maladaptive ways of thinking and acting in order to feel better. This often means spending time in therapy clarifying personal values and goals, as well as developing the necessary interpersonal, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills for achieving them.
I focus on interventions that are evidence-based, meaning that there is research showing that they work for specific problems. This does not mean that therapy is “one size fits all.” I collaborate with my clients to develop treatment plans that integrate effective techniques for their presenting concerns with their unique goals, preferences and strengths. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that supports collaboration by being active in sessions, warm, genuine, curious, and, hopefully, a little bit humorous.
While no therapist can guarantee success, I find therapy really is most effective when therapist and client work together. To that end, I collaborate with my clients to make sure they feel understood, empowered and that they are getting what they hoped for from treatment.