I work with the following concerns:
Below, you will find more in-depth descriptions of my specialties.
Do you live with anxiety that interferes with your daily life? Has this ever happened to you: You are having a regular day, doing something you enjoy, then all of a sudden you feel lightheaded, short of breath, or like you’re going to pass out or die. Or maybe you worry so much that you stop doing important things. Maybe you worry people will judge you, worry about getting sick, or worry about something bad happening. You might have scary thoughts or images that pop up in your mind at random times.
People who feel this way usually try everything to feel better. They try pushing the thoughts away, or maybe self-medicate with unhealthy behaviors, but the anxiety and panic only seem to get worse.
I will work with you to discover the root of your anxiety and teach you tools that will not only relieve your anxiety short-term, but also have long-term benefits so you see a lasting decrease in overall anxiety and panic.
Many clients find they can stay anxiety and panic free without medication and have learned how to take control of their lives again. Whether you find yourself anxious out of the blue, after a major life change, or have always felt this way, the right therapy can be effective for you.
It’s not a matter of just lightening up or moving on. It’s more than a bad day or just feeling burnt out. Depression is all-consuming. It can feel like a thick cloud surrounding you. It goes wherever you go and nothing feels the same anymore.
Depression is one of the most debilitating experiences but is sadly misunderstood. The good news is depression is treatable. Depression keeps you sick. It tells you nothing will work and you will always feel this way or worse. The first thing to know is depression lies. Depression doesn’t want you to even make the call to talk to a therapist. You must do it anyway.
Don’t let depression steal more of your life and time. You can get better with the right treatments. I have worked with chronically depressed clients who tried everything and thought they would never improve, only to find themselves feeling better than they ever thought they would, after working together.
I will work with you to identify the root of your depression as well as the factors that keep it in play. You can transform your lifestyle to one that is more depression-proof so you can live a full life without therapy in the future.
Divorce is a unique challenge because it brings two kinds of feelings simultaneously – anger and regret/guilt. We could be angry at our ex-spouse while still feeling guilty about all the things we could have done differently. By the time a relationship ends, you could be filled with self-doubt. You might blame yourself for things you had no control over or wonder if you are deserving of love or can ever trust again. Maybe your partner blamed you or convinced you that you are insecure or not thinking clearly. Maybe your partner insulted you or made you feel self-conscious and even though you know they were wrong, you keep replaying their words in your mind. Maybe your marriage seemed perfect to everyone and sometimes you are unsure of why it couldn’t work. You could feel guilty about children, in-laws, and pets, or wish for closure that won’t come.
These experiences can happen to anyone leaving a relationship, even if you were not married. I will help you explore what happened and learn to cope with your feelings. We can work together to find ways for you to come to a place of peace with your past relationship and put all of yourself into your future. Divorce is a process and it is good to get help as early as possible.
Whether it concerns self-esteem, body image, bullying, coming out, or family problems, I have worked with all kinds of adolescents and I find they are all unique and wonderful individuals. Working with teens is a practice of understanding. Teenagers need to be understood, even on those days when they don’t really understand themselves, because this is the time when we go through tremendous changes and figure out who we are. As teens, we are no longer sheltered from the harder truths in life but we are still learning how to navigate the world. Luckily, regardless of the problems, most teens mature to live happy, fulfilling lives. My job is to help support teens as they navigate the complex problems life throws at them. I have worked with teenagers and young adults in many settings including inpatient behavioral health, college counseling center, child welfare, juvenile justice, adoption, and foster care.
I am a clinical expert in treating both PTSD and CPTSD (complex trauma). PTSD symptoms usually occur when we experience one big traumatic event and complex trauma symptoms develop when we experience multiple big and small traumas over time.
Common PTSD Symptoms: flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance, anger, feeling numb, startling easily, feeling detached or out of body, insomnia, intrusive thoughts.
Common CPTSD Symptoms: all or some of the above plus inability to control emotions, fear of abandonment, difficulty making decisions, self-hate, self-harming, depression, poor self-care, emotional outbursts, dangerous impulsive behaviors.
Some people experience dissociative symptoms like feeling outside of one’s own body or feeling like surroundings are not real.
Trauma symptoms can result from sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, being assaulted, witnessing something terrible, almost dying, being shamed, etc.
I treat all symptoms of PTSD and CPTSD by addressing the underlying traumas using techniques based in both neuroscience, existential theory, and narrative therapy. I particularly specialize in treatment of adult survivors of childhood trauma.
You can heal and start enjoying your life again or for the first time. Your past does not have to control your future. Even if right now it seems impossible, you can learn to reduce, manage, and eliminate trauma symptoms.
Borderline Personality Disorder
This highly misunderstood set of symptoms refers to the highly emotional way some people experience the world. Usually rooted in trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can cause extreme emotional ups and downs that can make relationships and daily living extremely difficult. This disorder can be effectively treated and many people find they can discover who they truly are and build a life they enjoy living with proper treatment. I use various approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat Borderline Personality.