Many persons seek the support of psychotherapy or counseling at some point in their lives. Some come for relief from troubling anxiety or depression, while others come for assistance in creating and sustaining stable and nurturing bonds with others. Some come to understand reoccurring anger or conflicts with loved ones, or the lingering influences of childhood experiences or hardships that still impact their lives. Others come with fears of expressing themselves authentically or trusting others, desperate to liberate themselves from the constraints impeding their lives, but unsure if such freedom is even possible.
Others seek the help of psychotherapy to develop new ways of responding to circumstances that have been habitually problematic, to develop more capacity for intimacy or to experience more joy, ease and contentment in their lives. Sometimes a particular experience, such as a separation, divorce or a turbulent disagreement, or a milestone, such as marrying or becoming a parent, may precipitate a decision to seek counseling; at other times a long-standing and vague sense of feeling lost, confused and disengaged from others.
Over the course of the past two decades, I have worked with many individuals of all ages. Although their histories have varied dramatically, they all shared a similar wish ---- a wish to live more peacefully with themselves and others.
Some have chosen to engage in psychotherapy extensively to pursue broad changes in their lives; others have sought help for specific issues or problems impacting their satisfaction with their lives. These have included:
- Addiction and recovery
- Body image and disordered eating
- Chronic or life-threatening illness
- Conflicts with others
- Creative blocks
- Cultural identity and expression
- Domestic violence
- Emotional dysregulation
- Employment-related stresses and conflicts
- Financial stress
- Gender and identity
- Confusion or conflicts regarding identity
- Neglect or lack of self-care
- Separation and loss
- Sexual orientation
- Shame and guilt
- Spiritual identity and practice
If you wish to know whether I have experience with a particular concern or need you are experiencing, please feel free to call me for an initial telephone consultation. The “What to Expect,” “Approach” and “Depth Therapy” sections included in this web-site may also be helpful in answering any questions you might have about my orientation and background as a psychotherapist.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson