Growth and change:
Something feels off: Perhaps you can’t connect with the people you love in a way that brings you joy. Maybe you can’t access the parts of yourself that feel meaningful. But what you know is that you want to feel more whole and connected, happy and joyous. In therapy with me, you won’t be alone with these feelings: We will uncover your story -- the parts that you know easily, as well as the parts that you often tuck away, in shame, embarrassment or confusion. You’ll find that I approach you with compassion and curiosity, mixed with humor and warmth, making it possible for you to feel safe doing this challenging and fulfilling work. Together, we will work to figure out how to help you find your way back to your best self.
Your primary relationship is so important in your life — which is why it feels so awful when it seems like the cycle of conflict with your partner is never-ending. You imagine that your relationship should be a refuge — a place of closeness and understanding, intimacy and connection. Instead, you find that you’re distressed and stuck, spinning through the same arguments and negative feelings.
In therapy with me, you can find a safe place to explore your differences. I will make space for each of your voices to be heard so you can work together towards long-lasting changes that foster the loving and fulfilling relationship you want and deserve.
Type 1 Diabetes:
* If you have Type 1 diabetes, whether you’ve had it for decades or if you’re newly diagnosed, you struggle with a challenge that’s invisible to most people in your life. Sometimes that means that you feel alone and overwhelmed by your diabetes management; sometimes it means that it’s hard for you to stay on track with the seemingly endless tasks of staying healthy with Type 1.
I have both personal and professional experience with the management of Type 1 and the emotional obstacles that it creates. Feeling like you have connection with someone who can understand and empathize with the difficulties that you face can open up the possibility of a new relationship to your diabetes -- and, ultimately, to yourself.
* I also work with parents of kids with Type 1. It’s a difficult and ongoing adjustment to having a child with a chronic illness, especially one that’s as challenging and relentless as T1D. People in your community often won’t understand your parenting experience. Parenting Type 1 is an exhausting job. Working with me, you’ll find that I have the deep personal and professional experience to help provide you with the support and understanding you deserve to navigate the ongoing task of managing your child’s health.
Parenting support and coaching:
Parenting: the hardest job in the world. It feels like there are unending opportunities for your concern. Maybe you’re worried about whether your son or daughter is making good choices. Maybe you’re frustrated and angry about the fights you’ve been having. Maybe -- hardest of all -- you’re not liking him or her right now. In therapy with me, I can help you find your way back to a balanced and positive relationship with your teen. My goal is to support you in becoming your own version of the parent you want to be. With years of personal experience on the roller coaster of parenting, as well as my work as a therapist with families, teens, and parents, I have the experience it takes to help you reconnect with your child and with yourself as a parent.
You’ve heard the hype -- that being a teen is hard. It certainly is a stress-filled time, with school, friends and personal interests all competing for your time, not to mention the stress of college on the horizon. But, even more, there’s the difficulty of figuring out who you are -- you try on different ways of being in the world, whether that’s socially or academically or in terms of interests or identities. You know your parents’ values, but have yet to sort out your own. You can feel like one person at home and another with friends and another at school. It can all be a little confusing.
And that’s where therapy can be helpful. In working with me, you’ll find a kind of refuge. I make a space for us to think together about this confusing kaleidoscope of feelings and experiences. If you find it helpful, we might choose to invite one or both of your parents to (part of) a session -- or more; sometimes adding them in helps shift things at home to provide you with more support. Ultimately, though, I think of therapy as your time -- your time to think about yourself with a supportive adult, your time to sort through your thoughts and feelings, your time to strengthen your ideas of who you are.
Eating disorders are a frightening disruption in your relationship with yourself. Instead of being able to find joy and connection in your life, you’re stuck thinking about food and eating, weight, shape and your body.
If you have a child with an eating disorder, you’re smart to get help as soon as you can: Research shows that the more quickly you treat an eating disorder, the greater the chance that your child will enjoy a full recovery. I am trained in Adolescent Focused Therapy as well as Family Based Therapy, the gold standard treatment for teens with eating disorders, proven to be most effective at moving kids to full recovery.
If you are an adult with an eating disorder -- whether you struggle with binge eating, purging, or restricting -- I can help you move towards a healthier relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
Home should be a refuge. But when it becomes, instead, a place of constant conflict, fighting and tension, it’s exhausting and draining. You want to understand each member of your family and make sure everyone’s needs get met. But it can be difficult to discuss the issues because everyone seems to fall back into the same tried-and-true patterns that create the conflict in the first place. In working with me, we can work to slow down the process, help to uncover and shift these patterns, apply some behavioral tools and ultimately work to move your family back to connection and more harmonious relations.