My Goals as a Counselor:
- To help you get back to enjoying your life and the lives of those you are in relationship with.
- To assist you in resolving short and long-term concerns that impact your life.
- To put myself out of a job. My job is to help resolve the concerns that brought the client to counseling in the first place.
Areas of Specialization
- Couples counseling
- Living with cancer for patients and families
- Teen addiction, acting out, and overwhelm
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Job changes that can overwhelm
- Suicidal thoughts of both the young and adults
- Sexual orientation and sexual functioning
I specialize in working with couples to keep a family together. It appears that many families fall apart once the youngest child is in middle school. There are signs and difficulties before this, but many people tend to “sweep it under the rug.” I believe that like any part of our lives that needs maintenance, couples creating an ongoing healthy family need to have support and “tune-ups” to make the sailing smooth and fun.
I have been a psychotherapist since 1977 and have never tired of working with people. My job is to put myself out of a job. I work with clients to make their lives the most fulfilling they can possibly be. Life can throw some hard curves and many times it takes a neutral party to help us resolve them. I have seen many thousands of clients during this time and have gained much insight and compassion for people making it through life. My job is to help people through the hard times and learn to celebrate what life has to offer.
I have developed techniques over the years using many different modalities. I have also taught these to psychotherapists all over the US, Canada, and parts of Europe.
Our culture often doesn’t allow people to share and be open about their emotional concerns. We are taught that people should just get over their hard times and for many people this just isn’t possible. I would venture to say that for all people “moving on” isn’t always simple.
Many times it takes talking about an issue with someone that has expertise to get the thoughts that concern us out of our heads and into a forum that helps us move past them, accept them, and resolve them.
I have great respect for the function of the brain. The brain is the most complex and varied organ in the body. The brain has biological components that impact its functioning, not unlike the pancreas and heart. I am a true believer in the biological factors that can create and impact depression, anxiety, and other types of thought problems. Therefore, I work closely with psychiatrists when medication is needed.