I provide individualized therapeutic services for adolescents, emerging adults, and adults.
Grief, Loss, Anticipatory Loss, and Bereavement (i.e., of a person, animal, concept, identity, miscarriage, infertility, etc.)
Racial and Cultural Identity Issues (biracial/multiracial-ethnic issues, acculturation stress, etc.)
Shame, Guilt, Anxiety, & Depression
Existential Issues related to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs
Affirmative therapy for LGBTQIA+ Gender Identity, Sexual Identity, Expression, Transition
Adjustment to Life Transitions
Past Trauma (i.e., sexual or verbal abuse, neglect, abandonment, inter-generational/pervasive family issues, and witnessing trauma)
Personal Growth Issues (i.e., body image issues, unable to regulate emotions or emotional outbursts, low self-esteem, etc.)
Relationship Issues (i.e., detachment, issues related to co-parenting, issues related to cohabitation, fear or ambivalence of commitment, jealousy, infidelity, issues of trust, getting emotionally close, non-conforming lifestyles, etc.)
We spend a majority of our time at our work, so there can be a huge value and pressure to succeed in this aspect of our lives. For some, having a career means being able to afford a better life and to others it is a way to express their passions. Either way, when there is conflict or there is a bad fit in our work life, it can have serious effects on our relationships and overall well being.
Career counseling is often more structured and focused on your immediate career needs. We may also discuss aspects of your personal life that may inform your decision making in your career.
Career counseling may involve working on: Interview skill building, job exploration, transitioning to college or new work environment, lack of motivation, bullying, workplace stress/burnout, issues with career decision making, conflict mediation/anger management, interpersonal issues such as unable to connect with coworkers, fear of being judged, misunderstood, fear of failure, performance anxiety, and dealing with workplace discrimination such as micro/macro-aggressions.
Collaboration: Upon request and with your written permission, I can work in collaboration with you, your family, and other health care providers (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, physical therapist, general practitioner, case manager, school counselor, healer, spiritual leader, etc.) to optimize your counseling experience.
Consistency, similar to any exercise for your health, is important for progress in counseling. For this reason, I recommend meeting once a week or once every two weeks. The number of recommended sessions and process will vary based on the issues that you would like to resolve in counseling.
Still not sure? Before you schedule a session, contact me to schedule a free 15 minute consultation to discuss your reasons for seeking counseling and to ask any questions.
I do not take sides. The goals of couples therapy are your own, no matter what stage in your relationship development. I will help you navigate and mediate what your goals are.
Should your goals be to stay together: I use the Gottman Method for couples therapy in my work, which is a method that is supported by empirical research. This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage "resolvable problems" and dialogue about "gridlock" (or perpetual) issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship's strengths to gently navigate through it's vulnerabilities.
Couples counseling may involve working on: conflict of differences in cultures/values, trust, self-worth/confidence, past trauma, adjustment during significant life events/transitions, miscarriage, infidelity, grief/loss, neglect/abuse as a child, difficult communicating, blaming/criticizing, loss of attraction/sexual desire, issues with parents or family members influencing your current relationship.
Parent & Child Counseling
Parent & Child Counseling may include: conflict of differences as it relates to culture/values, divorce/loss/other critical incidents that may impact the relationship, value/belief differences, mental health or health disturbances that impact the relationship, navigating life transitions, or reconnecting/working through past issues/trauma.
*Simply due to space limitations within the office, I cannot comfortably seat more then 3 people at one time. Therefore, I cannot provide counseling to families or couples of more then 3.
Couples and Parent & Child Counseling Session Structure
1) Assessment (3-Step Process)*
3) "Phasing Out" of Therapy
5) Outcome Evaluation
The number of sessions vary depending on the nature of the concerns.
1st session: 90 minutes: Intake Interview
2nd session: 90 minutes each: Individual Interviews
3rd session: 90 minutes: Treatment Planning
*Fees for the assessment of your therapy are based on the number of hours you need to complete the three-step process. Generally, the assessments requires about 4 to 4.5 hours in 3 to 4 in-office sessions. It also requires 1 to 2 hours of paperwork.
I welcome heterosexual couples, as well as nonconforming couples, and those who identified with the LGBTQIA+ community.