Conditions Treated

My Areas of Focus

I work with a wide variety of issues, but I am especially interested in helping people who struggle with emotions related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, stress management, difficult transitions, medical stress, caregiving, and grief.

  • DepressionDo you feel sad or empty most of the time?  Have you lost interest in things that you used to enjoy?  Have your appetite, sleep patterns, or energy levels changed?  Are you thinking negatively about yourself and about life?  Does everything seem like an effort?  If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may be clinically depressed and may want to consider counseling.  I also work with Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia (or Persistent Depression), and seasonal depression (or Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD).
  • Anxiety:  Are you often nervous, tense or on edge?  Do you worry a lot?  Do your fears create problems in your relationships, work or ability to function?  Do you have panic attacks?  Do you go out of your way to avoid anxiety provoking situations?  Do you experience obsessions or compulsions?  If you said yes to any of these questions, counseling may help.  I’m especially interested in Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), social anxiety and phobias.
  • Relationship Problems:  Relationship issues that I work with often include marital and dating concerns, divorce and separation, family-of-origin issues, shyness, social anxiety, assertiveness issues, trust issues, boundary issues, people-pleasing, anger management, caregiver stress, loss, and grief.  Relationships have a big impact on the quality of our lives, and are worth working on.  I can help you in your efforts to improve your communication and relationships.
  • Stress Management:  Many people might not be clinically depressed nor have an anxiety disorder, but may be experiencing similar symptoms because of stress or a change in their life that they are adjusting to.  Examples include traumatic events, illness, work stress, unemployment stress, time pressure, life phase issues, school related problems, family changes, loss, finances, and moving, among others.  We all could use a little extra support at times, especially when difficult life circumstances impact our health and ability to cope.  I can help you through problem solving, emotion processing, biofeedback assisted relaxation training, mindfulness training, distress tolerance training, time management, balancing your lifestyle, prioritizing, wellness principles, and principles of positive psychology.
  • Medical Stress:  Are you struggling with emotions related to illness, injury or pain?  You may have a chronic illness like diabetes, arthritis, MS, PD, heart disease or fibromyalgia, an acute illness such as cancer or pain from a surgery or injury, or limitations to your mobility and freedom due to other medical problems.  It may also be a struggle to follow your recommended treatment regiment, or to deal with the effects that your medical problems have on your relationships.   Therapy can help you to feel supported in your efforts to cope with these types of difficulties, and to maximize your dignity and enjoyment of life.
  • Caregiving and Grief: Are you close with someone who has a serious medical problem, or someone who is dealing with challenges related to aging?  Although there are many rewarding and meaningful aspects to caregiving, it can also be challenging and stressful.  Also, if you have lost a loved one, grief can at times feel overwhelming and can last long after friends have stopped asking about it.  If you feel you need help in coping with stress related to caregiving and/or grief, talking with a counselor could help you to process grief related emotions, understand the tasks and stages of grief, and to recover from complicated grief.

I also emphasize wellness and lifestyle modification in my practice.

  • Wellness: Wellness means living an all around well-balanced life, with a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition, exercise, creativity, balanced sleep, healthy relationships, positive experiences, intellectual exploration, a sense of meaning and purpose, and avoidance of substance abuse.  Being mindful of all these things can help you recover from symptoms you may be experiencing, such as anxiety or depression symptoms.  I’m happy to help anyone interested in maximizing their wellness, happiness and potential.  I want to help you not just survive, but thrive… to increase life satisfaction, meaning and fulfillment, to create positive experiences, to deepen relationships, and to move toward self-actualization.
  • Lifestyle Modification means decreasing unhealthy or ineffective behaviors and increasing healthy and effective behaviors.  You may have been encouraged to change your lifestyle due to medical problems or a mental health diagnosis.  Or you may have your own reasons to want to live a healthier and more effective life.  For example, people with ADHD often need help developing an organized lifestyle that helps them to compensate for their difficulties, people with diabetes may need support in changing their diet, and people with relationship issues may need to restructure their lifestyle in order to better attend to important relationships.

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