What Types of Problems I Help People With
My specialties are anxiety and panic, depression, stress overwhelm, and coping with difficult life transitions.
I help people get from anxious and fearful to excitement about their lives.
I help people who are depressed find the motivation to start taking small actions toward a happier life.
I help people struggling with difficult transitions to feel supported and empowered.
Who I Work With
I work with young adults as well as midlife and older adults.
When I was young, and had an older and wiser therapist, I was helped immensely to grow and find my own place in the adult world.
Now, as an older therapist, I am inspired to be the wise older person in the room, who the young person can bounce things off of and discover their own way.
When I work with midlife and older adults, it seems that most of the transitions and struggles they are dealing with are similar to struggles I have gone though in life. Chalk it up to age!
I understand marriage conflicts, divorce and remarriage, the need for career changes, changes due to medical issues, and coping with aging parents, as well as with losing them.
My Approach to Therapy
My early training was in Rogerian Client Centered Therapy. That approach is based on respect, empathy, and trust that a client has the wisdom to know how to heal.
In later years, I got training in, and started using, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This added a bag of skills and strategies to offer to clients, without losing sight of the Rogerian attitude of empathy.
My therapy practice involves the “dance” of going back and forth between strategies and empathic listening and positive support. I also ask clients for feedback regularly, on how the therapeutic relationship is working for them.
My Approach to Religion and Spirituality
I respect that there are many different paths to spirituality, and many different understandings of religion. I recognize that people’s religious and spiritual practices can be a very sacred part of their lives, and shape defining who they are.
I offer a safe space to explore any religious or spiritual issues, without being judged.
My Education and License
I have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 1985.
I earned the LMFT by completing a Master Degree in Psychology, completing 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and passing rigorous written and oral licensing exams.