Individual Counseling supports us in identifying, creating, and understanding ourselves. Often, psychotherapy will integrate group or family therapy into treatment because of the level of validation, empathy, and sympathy that one experiences. Including one’s system (supports) in therapy will often allow the individual to sustain the improvements made while in therapy.
Different stressors in our lives can cause us to feel stuck and it can interfere with work and our relationships. If you are feeling lost, trapped, or alone it’s time you find some relief. Some clients seek medication management treatment from their physicians. Medications can be supportive of some symptoms, however, used in combination with behavioral therapy results in more immediate relief for some clients.
Loving our self is essential in being able to accept love from someone else. The journey of individual psychotherapy supports you in understanding your story and your identity while learning to have self-compassion and self-awareness.
In this modern society, children and adolescents are faced with many complex challenges on social and emotional levels. It can be difficult for young people to navigate the pressures of school and social interactions. Often times, negative behavior and coping methods manifest simply because the child does not have the skills to self regulate and approach situations from a place of empowerment and self-knowledge.
I will teach your child/adolescent to become grounded and centered as a starting place. Using the techniques of Narrative Therapy, we will focus on building an emotional toolbox, so your child can access the best parts of him/herself. From there, we will explore goals and intentions and discuss what, if anything, is getting in the way of your child truly manifesting from the most positive place possible. I will meet your child at the appropriate developmental level; therefore, creative play, art, movement, and discussions are all included in my approach, depending on how your child/adolescent is best served.
Children and adolescents can benefit from having a separate person to relate to who is not associated with family or school. It is refreshing and inspiring for a child to develop a supportive relationship, gaining a different perspective from an adult who simply bears witness to their emotional development.
Couples Therapy is geared towards empowering individuality, while also cultivating and respecting a new identity as a couple. This couples therapy will support the couple in improving communication and trust to allow for a solid foundation.
We all bring into new relationships pieces of old relationships. Sometimes, it is necessary to resolve old relationships in order to move forward in our current ones. Those relationships may be previous romantic relationships or even our relationships from our family of origin. We often find ourselves repeating patterns or similar behaviors of our parents, also called “learned behaviors”. A component of couple’s therapy is to identify learned behaviors or generational patterns and identify new relationship goals.
- Financial stress
- Mental or Medical illness
- Extended family
- Unresolved conflict
- Ineffective communication
Common Goals of Couples Therapy Includes:
- Effective Communication—Less yelling, more talking, more listening, more understanding
- Empathy—ability to understand and share your partners feelings
- Conflict can be good
- Increase or learn to build trust
- Nurture a safe relationship and bond to allow growth
The therapy is a confidential engagement between you and the therapist. Through the initial process of getting to know one another a secure base for further exploration of the difficulties you are facing is created. By learning to understand the unconscious mind’s influence on your wellbeing, you become engaged with processes that can enable a gradual lessening of symptoms and an increasing confidence and contentment in personal and professional engagement. Your changing perceptions will alter the way you feel and react.
I believe in using a client-centered, strengths-based and collaborative approach, working with each client or family to create a personal treatment plan that fully addresses the clients’ needs
The therapeutic relationship is cooperative and collaborative, with the therapist assisting you in taking a lead in the process. This helps you become more independent in maintaining your own wellbeing and progressing this through life.
My treatment approach is Narrative Therapy combined with Psychoanalytic Therapy and expressive arts. Narrative therapy is a method of therapy that separates the person from the problem and encourages people to rely on their own skill sets to minimize the problems that exist in their everyday lives. Throughout life, personal experiences are transformed into personal stories that are given meaning and help shape a person’s identity, and narrative therapy utilizes the power of people’s personal stories to discover the life purpose of the narrator.
Psychoanalytic Therapy is usually medium to long term; problems that have become repetitive over many years, and affect various aspects of your life, will need time so you can become more permanently and independently in control of your own situation. You will develop and grow in a deeper understanding of yourself and your unconscious motivations.
Expressive Arts Therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing.
Struggles I Commonly Work With Include: Overcoming symptoms of Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relational Issues, Trauma, Self Esteem, Parenting Challenges, Divorce, Adoption, Communication Skills and Domestic Violence.
Client Focus: children, adolescents and adults ages 5 & up.
I currently accept the following insurances for individual, couples and family counseling:
- BlueCross and BlueShield, CBA Blue, Medicaid, Green Mountain Care, Cigna and United Behavioral Health.
- Average cost per session is $110 – $150. Sliding scale fee is available.
- Accepted payment methods include: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, PayPal, MasterCard and Visa.
“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
~ C.G. Jung