Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
Philosopher Aristotle expresses in his quote much of how I think and work, both personally and therapeutically. I believe that we begin our lives in relationship with others, whether it is your natal parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, a group home as humans, we don't live in isolation. Therefore, I work from the perspective that relationships are the origin of our greatest growth, yet can also be the source of our greatest challenges.
My goal in our work together is to help you as an individual, couple, or family, to better understand these multifaceted relationships. Often these complicated relationships come intertwined with other issues which we can also examine together. As your therapist, I provide empathy, compassion and guidance to help you and/or your family work through your challenges.
I work with individuals suffering from any of the following:
* depression and low self-esteem
* anxiety and anxiety disorders (fears, phobias, panic attacks, and obsessions)
* general life stress
* the challenge of entering or exiting a relationship (singles and couples)
* career and money dilemmas
* sexual concerns and sexual identity issues
* anger management
* family problems
* step and blended families
* body image
* sexual abuse
* trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
* bereavement and more
Group therapy can be also very helpful. Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety, and it helps people make significant changes so they feel better about the quality of their lives.
Who can benefit:
Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit almost anyone. Some of the issues typically addressed include the following:
* Difficulties with interpersonal relationships both intimate and work related
* As an adjunct to 12-step recovery
* Problems related to life transitions such as such as impact from a divorce, empty nest challenges, career changes, aging, etc.
* Depression and anxiety
* Medical illness
* Grief and loss
* Lifestyle issues within a traditional culture
* Personality disorders
The group therapy session:
The group therapy session is a collaborative effort in which the therapist assumes clinical responsibility for the group and its members. The groups I run last 90 minutes.
Members work to express their own problems, feelings, ideas and reactions as freely and honestly as possible. Such exploration gives the group the important information needed to understand and help one another. Members learn not only to understand themselves and their own issues but also become "therapeutic helpers" for other members.
How does group work?
My groups are limited to 7 members. I work to appropriately select members who would be helped by the group experience and who can be learning partners for one another.
In my groups, members are encouraged to talk with each other in a spontaneous and honest fashion. As a professionally trained therapist, I provide an opportunity to explore issues or concerns affecting the individuals and the group.