AREAS OF SPECIALTY
adjusting to change & life transitions
Life doesn’t always deal us the hands we want, and for good reason: If it did we would hardly grow. Sometimes things happen that we struggle to deal with. We’re not necessarily depressed or anxious, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need help understanding and accepting who we are, and who we want to be, in relation to these events. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and private space to explore your true feelings, as well as provide you with a sympathetic and empathetic ear. Together we can work to help you find wholeness and balance as you adjust to life’s circumstances.
anxiety & depression
There are times in our lives that our mood suffers as a result of changes within and around us. Depression and anxiety can interfere with all facets of living and can be managed with therapy. Depression may make it very difficult to take the first step in seeing a therapist but the results are life changing for many people. We believe that anxiety can be a positive emotion--it is often a motivator for very successful people! But sometimes, anxiety can be counterproductive and needs to be put back into perspective. We can help you take a look at the factors that are causing depression and anxiety and work with you to manage them in a way that brings comfort and solace.
We are honored to take on the challenge of cancer with you by providing support, guidance, and comfort on the path to healing. Many of our clinicians have extensive experience working at major medical centers before venturing into private practice. We recognize the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on our emotional stability and attend to the “other” needs of cancer care such as offering advise for how to disclose (or not) your condition, when and how to return to work, and supporting your loved ones in the adjustment to cancer and intimacy issues. Adjustment to life after treatment is of equal importance and we are here to support you in finding your "new normal." Cancer affects not only you, but your family as well. It is our commitment to help care for your family during this time.
career and work stress
Any job can be stressful, even when you love your job! Whether the stress is temporary or chronic, work-related issues can result in many unpleasant symptoms such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and a lack of pleasure. Our therapists can help you learn new ways to cope with career stress, gain an understanding of how stress affects you, and teach you ways to manage your situation to improve your overall satisfaction in life. We will work with you to increase your resiliency and prevent burnout. We provide a nonjudgmental environment in which we can work together to support your success in your work and personal lives.
disordered eating & body image
At some point in life, most people struggle with wondering if their body is "good enough" or try to control their diet in some way, but sometimes these questions and efforts can grow too big for the person to handle on their own. Just as someone's drug and alcohol overuse can be a signal of deeper issues that need to be tended to, a conflicted relationship with food can be an alarm bell. We can help you discover what your mind and body want you to explore in order to move towards greater health, well-being and self-acceptance. If you are eating to deal with stress or negative emotions or wish that you could eat more intuitively, we are here to support and guide you.
grief & bereavement
Loss. Put simply, this is a time of emotional and physical unrest. You may feel like you are on a roller coaster of emotion between sadness, anger, confusion, guilt, and loss of ability to move forward. Your loss has meaning for you that can bring positive insight and help you to understand others in powerful ways. We will support you during this sensitive time and allow you to process at your own speed and comfort level. Your loved one will never be forgotten and you do not need to suffer alone.
loss of a child
The impact on your life after the loss of a child is devastating. You may wonder how you can survive the pain and grief and how you will ever live again. Your world is completely different now while everyone else’s around you continues on normally. The emotions you are dealing with are wide ranging and can feel unbearable. While there is no therapy that can bring back your lost child, through our real life experience as well as training, we can offer support and hope. We will help you learn ways to manage your pain, to live despite your tremendous loss, and a safe space to talk when it may seem the rest of the world has moved on. We realize there is no timeframe for grief, rather our goal is to help you sort through your thoughts and emotions so you can find comfort and joy again while living with your loss.
Marriage is a serious decision and as such, many couples wish to explore and enrich their relationship before entering into this extraordinary commitment. Our certified premarital counselors use the Prepare Enrich curriculum - an online assessment tool for couples who want to understand and improve their relationship. By asking key questions in the beginning of the assessment, we are able to address each couple's relationship stage, situation, challenges, philosophical/spiritual orientation, and personalities to tailor our time together. We use the inventory tool to assess the couple's strengths and areas where growth will bring about the greatest benefits. We then delve into the areas of interest for each couple and focus on your needs.
We have all been in relationships that are life giving and struggled with ones that are not so rewarding. Being in a relationship that causes distress really can disrupt your daily life and emotional health. We can work on finding solutions together so that you are proud of your decisions and the way you interact with another. We are happy to meet with you individually or with your loved one to assist you in moving forward in a more productive way. If you have found yourself in a cycle with your partner or within other relationships that feels negative we can work together on how to make changes and create a healthier and more positive relationship.
Life can be stressful and may feel overwhelming at times. Sometimes we aren't even sure why the little things are bogging us down. We encourage you to take the time to care for your emotional health just as you would your physical health. Our therapists help you navigate whatever you are facing – no matter how big or small so that you can be your best self- even in times of high stress. We cannot control all of the stress in our lives but we can learn healthier ways to respond.
survivors of suicide
We will all experience the pain of grief at some time in our lives. But the loss of a loved one to suicide is a complex grief that deserves specialized support. The grief of a suicide survivor is often complicated by depressive and post traumatic stress symptoms. Survivor stress symptoms typically include depression, anxiety, avoidance, intrusive thoughts, and hyper-vigilence.
If you have been affected by the loss of someone to suicide, we strongly recommend talking with a therapist as soon as you are ready. Please know that you are not alone. We are honored to provide a place of healing and remembrance during this difficult time.