SERVICES I OFFER
All services are currently virtual.
I believe that the most effective therapy occurs when we work together in helping you to get the most out of therapy sessions and to achieve greater life satisfaction. At times, that may mean therapy directed at working through trauma or alleviating depression and anxiety. At other times, it may mean support through a period of grief, or chronic illness. Perhaps you are looking for guidance in coping with ADHD or working through a difficult relationship or work stress. I will use an eclectic approach in working with you that may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, mindfulness techniques, and other treatment modalities. I also believe in the healing connections we make with nature and may use pet therapy in assisting you to reach your goals.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These spontaneous negative thoughts have a detrimental influence on mood.
Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.
EMDR AND TRAUMA THERAPY
In our therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state. Pet therapy can be used in many different ways. Defined objectives are an important part of therapy, and your progress will be recorded and tracked at structured sessions.
Everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. Some people recover from grief and resume normal activities within six months, though they continue to feel moments of sadness. Others may feel better after about a year. Individual therapy and grief therapy support groups are often very helpful in processing grief and adjusting to a new normal in which you may again find renewed joy and engagement in life.
MEDICAL/CHRONIC ILLNESS THERAPY
Severe and chronic illness can take a strong toll not just physically, but emotionally. Coping with the physical difficulties of an illness is often accompanied by emotional and psychological distress. Many of the clients I have seen over the years have a diagnosed chronic illness, including Crohn’s/IBS, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Lyme Disease, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and many others. The emotional difficulties experienced by some clients may be caused by physical pain, financial stress, frequent doctors’ visits, and even by some medications. The need to rely on others for assistance with daily tasks can create feelings of helplessness, loneliness and depression. I am here to support you during this time and to assist you in building stronger coping mechanisms and support systems.