Relationship Issues (Individuals and Couples)
Anxiety Disorders in kids, teens, and adults
Traumas and PTSD
Eating Disorders, Chronic Pain, Addictions, Health Psychology
Children and Partners of Narcissists, Codependency
Love Addiction, Insecure Attachment, Intimacy Avoidance
Insecurity and Low Self-Worth
My approach to therapy is integrative, compassionate and individually tailored. My work is inspired by the neuroscience of emotion, attachment and mindfulness. I begin with empathic questioning to assess your situation, then we discuss a plan and treatment focus. Treatment plans may focus on coping with a specific issue like anxiety, or on broader life themes like insecure attachment, dependency, or avoidance. I may focus on identifying and challenging underlying negative beliefs or on managing and expressing emotions. I often use Schema Therapy to address fixed life patterns such as fear of failure, abandonment, low self-worth, trust and boundary issues, co-dependency, lack of self-discipline, and so on.
I work with couples to help them understand and manage negative cycles in communication or intimacy that lead to anger and/or emotional distance. Couples may be struggling with affairs, destructive arguments, juggling work, parenting, and marriage, lack of intimacy and emotional distance, or other challenges and transitions. I may also address the effects of childhood trauma or insecure attachment patterns. Therapy can help you gain understanding, learn new skills, rebuild love and get your core needs met.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a focused approach that can teach you coping skills, reduce anxiety and depression, change unhelpful beliefs, help you confront your fears and worries, learn self-management skills, or express yourself assertively, among other issues. This approach is particularly helpful for anxiety disorders, depression, addictive patterns, or difficulty focusing. I use CBT with adults, teens, and children (ages 8 to 12).
EMDR is a cutting edge mind-body approach that I use to help you emotionally process and reduce the life impact of trauma, negative attachment experiences, or stressful life events you have experienced. It is designed to lessen automatic mind-body reactions to past events and change inaccurate beliefs about self-worth, safety, or ability to influence bad situations. I also use a version of EMDR for addictions to help lessen cravings and make the addictive behavior less rewarding.
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
The focus of this type of therapy is on mind-body issues like struggles with weight, chronic pain or illness, regulating sleep, managing unhealthy stress and so on. I use the Biopsychosocial model to guide treatment. This model takes a holistic view, considering the role of environmental stressors, thoughts and feelings, social relationships and how these interact with biological processes. My understanding of the biology of stress, chronic pain, and disease informs my approach. The focus is on educating clients about how mind and body interact, coaching them in negotiating the healthcare system, and providing them with practical tools and coping skills. I often coordinate care with other professionals such as physicians or nutritionists.