Areas of Special Focus

Below are some of the issues that many people may enter therapy to seek assistance with.  My experience is based in, but not limited to, the following:

  • Newbies to therapy: establishing trust and managing the anxiety of starting in therapy
  • Life transitions: adolescence, aging, divorce, separation, reconciliation, death and dying
  • Situational difficulties or crisis (adjustment disorders): recent losses, grief, transitions, new stressors
  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar): sadness, loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness, worry, irritability, mania or cycling, fear, panic attacks
  • Problems with emotional regulation: cutting behavior, impulsive behavior, seeing people as all good or all bad, etc
  • Insomnia: poor sleep habits, difficulty falling and staying asleep, early wakening
  • Emotional issues due to medical conditions: recent medical diagnosis, side effects of medications
  • Trauma: recent, chronic, or past, single incident or complex (more than one event) including current or past abuse and domestic violence
  • Substance use/abuse and other addictive behaviors: where one’s pattern of use is now interfering with one’s ability to function well in work, school, home and/or relationships
  • Eating disorders: binging/purging, food restriction, compulsive exercise, overeating
  • LGBT issues: coming out, being bullied or harassed, adjusting, finding community, gender transition, self- acceptance, dating
  • complex, “traditional” and “non-traditional” couples and families: dealing with one member’s acting out, adjusting to new parents, remarriage issues, extended family issues, same sex partner issues