Individual Counseling and Therapy
If you have never been in therapy before, it is normal to feel a bit uneasy about the unknowns of this process. It can also be liberating to finally begin. If you have been in therapy before and it was disappointing to you, you might have some ambivalence about starting a new relationship. All of these feelings make sense and we can talk through some of these uncertainties and questions when we meet for the first time.
I work with individuals who are facing a wide range of issues. Some treatments that I specialize in are:
- Infertility, Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
- Adjustment to Illness (including caregiver support)
- Stress Management
- Grief and Bereavement
- Life Transitions
- Single Life/Dating Issues
- Work and Career Uncertainty
In our first session I will be interested in hearing more about what prompted you to reach out for support at this time. When you share your story with me it helps me to get to know you better and what is distressing you today. Early on, we can set goals and begin crafting new coping tools you can use to help alleviate the uncomfortable or upsetting feelings you have right now. We will always move at your pace.
I usually begin with a Cognitive Behavioral approach. This means helping you explore the connection between what you are feeling and the thoughts behind those emotions. Together, we will work on developing useful coping tools you can use, based on your very individual way of responding to the world, so you can feel more in control in stressful situations.
Sometimes, our initial work leads to discovering patterns of behavior that are getting in your way. Often people want to continue working together with a more insight driven focus. This is an opportunity for someone to better understand themselves and address problematic behavior patterns so they begin approaching relationships or situations in a more fulfilling way.
Most important, is that you feel heard, respected and supported. I believe you have many strengths. Part of my job is to help you use those qualities in ways that benefit your ability to live your best life.
I believe that effective therapy must occur in an environment of safety, trust, collaboration and a true connection between the therapist and the client. My goal is to help you minimize the gap between where you are today and where you want to be.