I specialize in the treatment of adults with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, career issues and stress management. I strive to create a positive relationship with my clients where they can feel free to safely share their deepest concerns.
Couples therapy is done from the perspective of treating the partner who is struggling with psychological symptoms germane to the relationship (this partner is the identified client) with the other partner present. If both partners are struggling psychologically, then the non-identified client/partner can be referred to a therapist of their own (preferably to a therapist who will allow both the parties to be present in session). Services are provided in a manner that is supportive and respectful to both partners. Both the identified client and partner are given opportunity to provide their input, obtain feedback and develop insight into their situation and gain skills to improve their interpersonal functioning within the relationship.
Sometimes stress causes us to act out in ways that make matters worse. Loud arguments, road rage, destructive behavior and angry words said impulsively that are later regretted can all have a deleterious impact on our relationships, employment and, sometimes, can even result in encounters with the law. Recognizing your triggers and developing interventions to short circuit these responses can help. Similarly, talking through your stressors in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere can help provide some relief and create a platform for gaining insight into thoughts that might be contributing to the behavior.
Sadness, lack of energy, thoughts of death, gaining/losing weight, difficulty concentrating, guilt, inability to enjoy activities are all symptoms of depression. Depressive symptoms can be episodic and/or in response to major life events like divorce, job changes, stress, moving, and any other number of adjustments that can occur in the normal course of life. Talking through your burdens in a supportive environment with a trusted therapist can provide relief and help with gaining insight, perspective and potential solutions to your woes.
STRESS & TRAUMA
Flashbacks, nightmares, elevated startle response, hyper-vigilance, avoidance of people, places and things that remind you of a terrifying incident from your past can interfere with your functioning. Systematic desensitization and in-vivo and imaginarial exposure therapy can help.
Anxiety can take on many forms, from worry about a variety of things (generalized anxiety) to worry specific to social settings (social anxiety) to anxiousness specific to various objects or situations (phobias) to recurrent, momentary, abrupt surges of intense fear or intense discomfort (panic). There are various methods to treat these disorders such as breathing exercises, systematic desensitization and cognitive behavioral therapy.