Areas of Practice
Throughout my career, I have enjoyed my work with children. Play therapy allows children, usually 2-11 years of age, to express themselves through play. I have a separate office specifically for this use, just down the hall from my main office. It includes a dollhouse, puppets, play kitchen, animal figures, games and a big bear for children to feel secure in working through the challenges facing them. We also utilize a lot of art as a tool to help in emotional expression.
In working with children and adolescents, family therapy is a necessity. Both the client and family are intricately connected. I come from a family systems approach. A nice reference is Good Therapy.
Periodically, I enjoy working with a number of clients challenged by the same issue. In the past, I have led post-partum, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, children of divorce, trauma, grief and loss, and parenting support groups. When I find several clients experiencing one of these challenges, I offer a group format to supplement the individual therapy being provided.
My framework of practice utilizes a number of techniques. After close to 20 years in practice, I have found a mixture of approaches works best. Some of my more common approaches are cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-dynamic, systems, humanistic/existential, and emotion focused. I always come from a client-centered, empowerment and strength based model. A nice website that gives a good summary of numerous techniques is Good Therapy.
One of my favorite professional activities is supervising mental health professionals. Throughout my career, I have supervised over 40 students are graduates obtaining their licenses to independently practice. Currently, I have a monthly LCSW group.
I strongly believe in Emotionally Focused Therapy in working with couples. Research teaches us it is the top form of treatment for couples. Couples defined all types of relationship (married, pre-marital, living together, dating heterosexual, homosexual, etc). I enjoy working with all types of couples on their togetherness journey.
Part of psychotherapy practice involves support from colleagues. While done in a confidential manner, it helps to receive guidance form others. Please feel free to contact me if you interested in our consultation group.