issues i treat
I am able to treat these issues in individual, couples, and family therapy.
anxiety, panic, & OCD
Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. I work with those experiencing generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, working with dissociative features, experience derealization and depersonalization symptoms, somatic symptoms, and any other symptoms of anxiety.
Treatment of anxiety might include individual, couples, or family sessions, a lifestyle evaluation, behavioral changes, exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attachment work, social skills coaching, and/or narrative therapy.
growing up & life transitions
Growing up is tough. Whether you’re 15 or 35, we experience developmental growth across our lifespan that can leave us feeling confused, unsure of ourselves or our identity, and our place in the world. I have experience helping my clients manage issues related to this process and feelings of grief and loss that come with these developmental adjustments.
Treatment of life transition issues might include individual, couples, or family sessions, a lifestyle evaluation, behavioral changes, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, short term problem-solving, feminist family therapy, social skills work, and/or motivational coaching.
trauma, vicarious trauma, & compassion fatigue
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs when we don't have the internal or external resources to deal with a difficult or life threatening event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger.
I love working with other care providers, healthcare workers, first responders, foster parents, nurses, direct care workers, hospice workers, law enforcement, and other professionals or family members that experience vicarious trauma and stress. Burnout and compassion fatigue are common for those in these fields who experience daily traumatic experiences.
Treatment of PTSD might include individual, couples, or family sessions, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), consideration of intergenerational trauma, psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, feminist family therapy, or expressive arts therapies.
relationships & sexuality
Every relationship goes through highs and lows, from issues like roles in the household to larger issues like infidelity or even abuse. Almost all couples have disagreements that go unresolved and face stress in their relationship due to these issues. Communication can always be worked on in a couple, no matter the length of our relationship, what your sexual orientation, your relationship orientation, or your sexual preferences might be. I work with couples all across the LGBTQIA spectrum as well as couples, throuples, and polycules practicing non-monogamy or polyamory. I am kink, sex positive, and open to sworkers of any kind.
Treatment of relationship challenges always start from the cultural context model and feminist family therapy. We might use individual or couples therapy sessions with emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT), the attachment model, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), intergenerational trauma, and/or dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
family work, foster & adoption
We know that families are critically important, both in child rearing and across the lifespan. How do we take care of the health of our family system and minimize the impact of mental disorders? The answer is complex, but I will work with you to help you and your family feel healthy and strong. I work with an attachment lens and work with children and families of all kinds. I welcome children, adults, and families of adoption, with autism, developmental disabilities, and/or physical disabilities, children who are in the foster system, families who adopt, the justice system, or in blended families.
Treatment of parent-child difficulties or family issues challenges may include individual therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, or both. modalities might include the intergenerational trauma model, structural and strategic family therapies, family systems work, narrative therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), attachment therapy, expressive arts therapies, and/or feminist family therapy.