Special Areas of Expertise
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Women often neglect their own needs, putting them last on a long list of other things to do including meeting the needs of those around them. This means therapy can have a profound impact as it involves dedicating an hour of your week to yourself and your own growth, goals, and wellness. In order to reach our full potential, we must learn to enhance wellness across its multiple dimensions: mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual. I enjoy helping women learn to include themselves in their priorities and take steps to maximize their wellness.
Issues women commonly struggle with include self-esteem and developing self-compassion, maintaining an intact sense of self across multiple roles and in relationships, assertiveness including identifying and honoring your own needs, and creating a healthy weight and body image while engaging in healthy eating patterns.
When seeking therapy, it’s crucial that your therapist understands gay and lesbian culture, is gay/lesbian affirming, and is able to fully understand and support you in all aspects of your identity. I have expertise in effectively helping my clients address their concerns in a context that acknowledges and values issues salient to gay and lesbian-identified clients such as relationships concerns, family issues, religion/spirituality, honoring multiple identities, the coming out process, and creating a positive gay/lesbian identity despite societal discrimination, homophobia, and heterosexism.
Dealing with ongoing health or medical problems can be a frustrating and overwhelming process. Medical doctors often do not have the time and resources to provide the understanding, guidance, and support that you need to successfully manage your health problem or illness. I provide support, wisdom, and skills that will allow you to improve your health and wellness despite these challenges. I can help support you in navigating the medical system. I can also help you better understand how physical, mental, and emotional health affect one another, empowering you to improve your health through lifestyle changes. I view you and your health holistically and support you in finding the optimal treatment plan which may involve both traditional and complementary methods of healing.
Many of our difficulties have their origins in our prior relationships with others (family, romantic partners, friends) where people have, intentionally or unintentionally, wounded and shaped us in ways that stick with us and cause problems in our current relationships. Since these wounds were caused in the context of a relationship, it is natural that they require another type of relationship to heal. The professional, therapeutic relationship between client and psychologist is a powerful setting in which this healing is facilitated, and I enjoy helping my clients through this process.
Depression is both very common and very debilitating. It robs you of your ability to enjoy life and of the energy you need to meet your ambitions. If you think you may be depressed, you don’t need to continue suffering in silence. I can help you recognize and address your symptoms in ways that will help you start feeling like yourself again. I approach depression treatment from a holistic perspective that will evaluate physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal factors that are influencing your symptoms. This approach is highly effective in helping you both understand and treat your depression.
I have specialized training in the latest cognitive therapy techniques that effectively and rapidly resolve anxiety including generalized anxiety, shyness/social anxiety, performance anxiety, and panic attacks. These innovative treatment methods allow me to develop an individualized treatment plan that effectively targets your anxiety and will help you break free from the fears that inhibit you from pursuing what you want in your life.
When we lose a loved one we lose a central, orienting part of our life and can feel a range of conflicting, confusing, and intense emotions. While the puzzle of your life will never look the same without the missing piece your loss represents, therapy can help you put the pieces back together again. I can provide with you a safe, comforting place to work through your grief as I understand the process well.
If your religion is an important aspect of your life, know that I will not only respect this but will incorporate the aspects of your faith that your draw strength from in the therapy process. You will not be expected to “check your faith at the door.”