It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
What is essential is invisible to the eye.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The journey of psychotherapy is an opportunity to examine one’s deepest self, searching for meaning, and seeking growth and awareness. As I engage in this process with another, it is with deep respect, non-judgment and an appreciation for the strength and courage of the client. To work with an individual, no matter their age, is at all times a privilege which I never disregard. I have enjoyed this engagement with individuals and families for more than 25 years.
Teens and younger kids benefit tremendously from someone who is willing to be genuine with them; honoring their points of view with a keen interest. I love working with young people, as they are encouraged to create healthful pathways for their future. Instilling positive self esteem, appropriate boundaries and dismissing negative attitudes is always a rewarding endeavor. I implore these “young adults” to learn to become autonomous; to make good decisions free of the demands of peer pressures.Students are encouraged to focus on their studies, hobbies, sports and interpersonal skills in a life-supporting manner. Risk-taking behaviors are addressed without guilt or shame. The youth learn to evaluate their behavior using their innate sense of morality and awareness; thereby creating inspiration and healthful change. Schoolwork improves, communication within the family system increases and your child’s mood will demonstrate their appreciation.
Families can relieve tension and improve their communication with each other in a safe and secure environment. Old models are examined and dysfunctional styles of relating are eliminated.
Couples learn effective communication, how to listen to one another and how to release old wounds. Anger management skills are demonstrated and practiced. Destructive arguments, corrosive ways of thinking about each other and the downward spiral of reactions which can destroy marriages diminish. As we learn how to be present and recognize what our loved one is saying to us, we can feel their pain without taking responsibility for it. We can become empathic and loving partners to one another.
Relationships will become vital and fulfilling again. Love and compassion will grow. Therapy cannot promise to restore the harmony in your life, though one thing is certain: without striving to improve on the existing “fabric” of your relationships, old patterns will continue.
If you are ready to begin on a journey of healing, restored vitality and increased joy in your life…I invite you to meet me and attend a free consultation.