I work with individuals, couples and families in the following ways:

"Brief Psychotherapy" or "Long-term Psychotherapy" or "Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy"

Many problems that bring people into therapy are the result of learned behaviors from childhood that enabled them to survive, but no longer help them thrive. This self-defeating behavior may now be automatic, may feel "natural" or seem like the only option. With support and encouragement, my clients gradually shed defensive behavior that is holding them back and keeping others at a distance. They learn to act and react in ways that are more life-affirming and relationship-enchancing.

Many people think that therapists will tell them what to do and how to do it. My approach is to help you see yourself more clearly, understand yourself, your feelings and needs at a deeper level. Only then can you make more informed choices about where you want to go, when and how.

Therapy helps people clarify who they are, what they want, and what they need to get there. In this way, psychotherapy results in healing and growth. Increased self-esteem, self-confidence, self-definition and self-determination are some of the benefits of psychotherapy.

Whatever your presenting problems are, my ultimate therapeutic goals are to empower you to be independent as well as inter-dependent -- available for true intimacy in relationships with family, friends and your communities.

The psychotherapy session provides a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment where you can identify and come to terms with emotions and needs. The process of psychotherapy will help you:

  • Define problems and underlying issues
  • Learn what is "normal," "natural," or expectable in current circumstances
  • Discover misconceptions or conflicts that may be blocking action or change
  • Change self-defeating behavior and dysfunctional patterns of interaction.
  • Gain tools, along with hope or courage to take charge of your life.