I provide individual psychotherapy, also known as individual counseling, to adults of all ages and to adolescents 14 years of age and up. This kind of therapy consists of a series of one-on-one conversations between the two of us focused on identifying your concerns and helping you address them in a resilience-building way. Our conversational sessions last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes and typically take place weekly on a short-, intermediate-, or long-term basis depending on your needs, goals, and preferences, which I discuss with you periodically over the course of our work together. Occasionally, individual therapy may include sessions with an important family member. This is often the case in individual therapy with adolescents, where sessions with parents and possibly siblings may be helpful with or without the adolescent client present.
Couple therapy is a kind of therapy in which two people in an intimate relationship—engaged, married, or otherwise partnered—seek to overcome their challenges and conflicts and learn how to strengthen their connection with one another. This type of therapy can also be appropriate for divorced couples who have children and want to optimize their co-parenting relationship, and for other family pairs (e.g., adult parent and adult child) who want to relate to one another in a healthier, more positive way.
One of the most empirically validated therapies for changing distressed relationships—and the one that fits best with my own integrative, humanistic approach to counseling—is Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, or EFT. EFT is grounded in the science of attachment. Couples who work to create a more secure attachment bond tend to find that their individual growth is fostered in the process.
Sometimes, however, couples are so divided they're unsure whether their marriage can go on. One partner may want to repair and preserve the marriage while the other is leaning toward divorce. Sometimes both partners are ready to call it quits, or the divorce process has already been initiated . . . but second thoughts arise. For such couples I offer a short-term course (one to five sessions) of "discernment counseling" to help them gain a better understanding of what's happened to their relationship and to determine, with clarity and confidence, their best next steps.
Couple sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes in length. Just as individual therapy may sometimes include sessions with family members, couple therapy may sometimes include individual sessions with one or the other of the partners. (This is standard in the short-term discernment counseling process, where couples come together to the session but meet with me primarily individually.)
Mind-Body Skills Groups
For taking charge of your own health, mind-body skills groups can be "just what the doctor ordered." Whether you're looking to transform stress, decrease physical or emotional pain, enhance your immune function, improve your concentration, or better manage your life in any way, being part of a mind-body skills group can help you do it.
The groups I run are based on the model designed and taught internationally by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. In an intimate setting of six to nine participants, you'll learn and experiment with powerful self-care techniques, including meditation, imagery, movement, breath work, expressive writing and drawing, and mindful eating. All the techniques I teach are grounded in modern scientific research that (1) elucidates how our minds and bodies interact to affect our health and (2) indicates that practices promoting relaxation, self-awareness, and self-expression can help us heal--especially when experienced in the company of supportive others.
My mind-body skills groups meet for eight consecutive weekly sessions of two hours each. Contact me to learn when the next one will be offered and how to sign up for it.