Approach to Therapy

We all need help sometimes. If you have anxiety, depression, or issues such as low self-esteem, problems at work, or living with an unwanted behavior, I provide a particular kind of therapy that's designed to help you have more satisfaction, greater peace of mind, more fulfilling relationships, and new ways of managing your problems. If you choose me as your therapist, you will quickly realize that my only intention is to help you feel better, get better, and live better. Together we would help you to live the life you want to lead.

I treat people with a variety of challenges, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and anxiety-associated conditions, including social anxiety and panic attacks
  • Trauma, including PTSD and abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse, addiction and recovery
  • Life transitions, career changes and stress
  • Problems with relationships and intimacy
  • Dissatisfaction with your job or career
  • Loss of a loved one

Have people been telling you that you should 'get over it' or 'move on'? Despite your best efforts, do you feel stuck because you can't? It's essential for me – as for any therapist – to help you work on your issues with a secure sense that you feel accepted and that I'm working diligently to help you overcome your difficulties – without fear of judgment or criticism. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe, productive place for you to grow, learn, and change.

Thank you for considering me as your therapist. By checking into my website, you're already taking a step toward getting better. To see if I'm the right therapist for you, please email or call.

Goals for Therapy

The aim of therapy is to help you to:

  • Identify and understand the nature of your difficulties
  • Replace unhealthy coping strategies with healthy ones
  • Learn why you do what you do (insight)
  • Increase self-acceptance
  • Become more satisfied and have better self-esteem
  • Have a sense of well-being

Tailoring treatment to fit your lifestyle, I offer therapy that focuses on providing you with tools to better deal with life's stresses and challenges.

Brief Background Information

With over 20 years of experience providing therapy, and I have come to believe that therapy is more than simply changing behaviors (eliminating symptoms).

At its best, therapy is a process of discovery and a way to develop insight into why you do what you do. Although a therapist should be knowledgeable about change and growth, you're the one who knows you best. That's why we would work together to develop goals for therapy and how to achieve them.

I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist, author, and have taught at two universities as an adjunct professor. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a minor in Psychology in 1992, I've been providing therapy in non-profit community health centers and in private practice. I received a Ph.D. in Counseling Education in 1996 and have taught several graduate level courses in psychology, counseling, and therapy. I have offered seminars and workshops for other therapists and to the public about therapy and mental health. For more information, click on education and experience related to therapy and counseling.

Why see a Marriage and Family Therapist for one-on-one (individual) therapy?

My education has included extensive training to provide therapy for individuals. The university I attended was certified by the  Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for therapists, which sets high standards for counseling and therapy programs. After graduating, I gained over 3,000 hours of supervised experience in counseling and therapy before starting as a licensed therapist in private practice. Since then, I have attended hundreds of hours of training in subjects regarding therapy and counseling, psychology, wellness, and therapy as well as relationships, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Professional therapy memberships include: