THERAPY FOR COUPLES & INDIVIDUALS
I can help with a variety of issues including:
» Coping Skills
» Life Transitions
» Marital and Premarital
» Perinatal, Pregnancy and Postpartum
» Relationship Issues
» Self Esteem
» Sex and Sexual Health
» Sleep or Insomnia
» Trauma and PTSD
Women face a unique set of mental health challenges, often due to biological differences associated with sex, reproduction, hormones, and social experiences. The perinatal period can be especially challenging. I have extensive experience in helping women with postpartum anxiety and depression, grief associated with pregnancy loss or infertility, as well as the multitude of emotions associated with new motherhood.
In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I help clients connect their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I work to establish a plan and concrete steps for breaking through feelings of depression or anxiety related to cognitive distortions.
In Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, I help clients work with the four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Although I sometimes use DBT techniques, I do not engage in full one-on-one DBT intensive therapy, which would also require clients to have support from an additional skills group.
Sex therapy is a specialization within general psychotherapy involving the discussion of issues related to sex and sexual health. Sex therapy can be time-limited or incorporated into more general psychotherapy. There is no touch involved, although I will sometimes offer exercises or methods designed to be utilized at home individually or with a partner. As a sex therapist, I utilize research-based modalities to provide counseling, education, and coaching. I normalize sex and its surrounding topics, which are often stigmatized and under-discussed. I welcome questions, curiosity or concerns related to anxiety, intimacy, desire discrepancy, gender identity, sexual expression and/or sexual health. Because of my experience in treating anxiety and women’s mental health, some of my specialties include (but are not limited to) performance anxiety, women’s gynecological issues (vulvodynia, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, lichen sclerosis), and sexual functioning.
In couples therapy, I assess both stage of relationship and readiness for intervention using a 4 session assessment process. I meet with the couple once together, then with each person individually to take a complete history, and then in the fourth joint session I provide my recommendation. For instance, I might recommend discernment counseling, which is often used in cases of crisis or where one member of the couple is ambivalent about the direction of the relationship. This might involve me referring a couple out to a discernment counselor after the initial assessment. More typical couples therapy, where the couple is invested in staying in the relationship, involves goal setting, skill-building to improve communication, identifying patterns of resentment and entrenchment, and working on differentiation. I help each member of the couple regain the confidence to progress individually and in the relationship. Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at Couples Institute.
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