“Paradoxically, the more we try to change ourselves, the more we prevent change from occurring. On the other hand, the more we allow ourselves to fully experience who we are, the greater the possibility of change” – Laurence Heller
SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL, CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS, FAMILY & COUPLES
Counseling Services for Individuals
My individual sessions are relationship oriented and based on a psychodynamic approach toward growth and healing integrating the mind, body connection. I specialize in addressing the following issues:
Family Counseling Services
“So much of what gives meaning and purpose in our lives involves our relationships- and especially our relationships from within our families” – Hughes
Therapy will provide an effective treatment approach to work with all members of a family – to recognize, resolve and heal personal and family problems. Utilizing P.A.C.E. (playful, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) the central therapeutic stance in attachment focused-family therapy, parents will help to facilitate and grow the healthy emotional development of their children and family unit.
Counseling Services for Couples
“We are never so vulnerable as when we love” Freud
Therapy will focus on getting to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship by recognizing that you are emotionally attached to and dependent on your partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent for nurturing, soothing and protection. Emotional Focused therapy (EFT) will teach you the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attentive and responsive to each other, re-establishing an emotional connection.
Specialty Counseling for Individuals with Trauma and Attachment
What is Trauma?
Often used to refer to a traumatic event. A trauma is a scary, dangerous, or violent event that can happen to anyone. Not all dangerous or scary events are traumatic events.
What is a traumatic event?
When we face or witness an immediate threat to ourselves or to a loved one, often followed by serious injury or harm. We feel terror, helplessness, or horror at what we are experiencing and our inability to stop it or protect ourselves or others from it.
What is Child Traumatic Stress?
When a child has had one or more traumatic events, and have reactions that continue to affect his or her daily lives – even after the traumatic events ended. Children may have different reactions becoming very upset for long periods, depressed or anxious. They may show changes in the way they behave, or in their eating and sleeping habits, difficulties at school, problems relating to others or isolating. Older children may use drugs or alcohol, behave in risky ways, or engage in unhealthy sexual activity.
The goal of treatment is to help to address feelings of helplessness and worries over safety and to identify helpful thoughts and actions. Because trauma can interrupt a child’s normal development therapy helps in reducing the symptoms, and well as offering support and guidance to return to age-appropriate activities. You will be asked for your participation and cooperation in therapy because this is extremely important to the recovery of your children and well -being of your family. (NCTSN.org)