HOW I CAN HELP

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I am a Licensed Social Worker with postgraduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and Narrative Thearpy. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents, young adults, and adults, and have experience working in various settings including hospitals, mental health clinics, counseling centers, and schools.

With my caring, nonjudgmental approach, you can feel safe expressing your feelings, fears, wishes, and concerns. Together we can explore behavioral and relational patterns, effective coping skills, and problem-solving strategies that best fit your needs. Through a supportive, empathic, and encouraging therapeutic relationship, you will gain insight and understanding which can help to alleviate symptoms and manage stressors.

Specific Issues I’m Skilled at Helping With

I support clients in addressing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflicts, stress, identity issues, professional difficulties, grief, and life transitions.

I received specialized training in working with adolescents and families, and provide treatment for family conflict, communication difficulties, behavioral problems, school issues, social skills, self-control, parenting, divorce, and adjusting to change.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy believes that simply telling one’s story of a problem is a form of action toward change. Narrative therapy help to objectify problems, frame them within a larger sociocultural context, and make room for other stories. Together, we build upon “alternative” or “preferred” storylines that exist beyond the problem story; these provide contrast to the problem, reflect a person’s true nature, and offer opportunities to rewrite one’s story. In this way, you can move from what is known (the problem story) to what is as of yet unknown.

Absent but Implicit

It also my intention to helps people to see what is “absent but implicit” in the presentation of a problem. By exploring the impact of the problem, it is possible to identify what is truly important and valuable to a person in a broader context, beyond the problem. This can help a person identify a common thread to connect his or her actions and choices throughout life. This process can help a person better understand his or her experience of life and gain personal agency for addressing problem scenarios in the future.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

It can be difficult to recognize that you are in need of help and to seek out that extra support. If you are able to acknowledge that seeking therapy could be helpful to you, it shows great strength and a true desire to make changes in your life.

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