For over twenty years, I’ve provided counseling to youth and young adults. These days, I meet with teen guys, emerging adult males, and transgender youth addressing:
- Mood Disorders
- Substance Use
- LGBTQ+ Topics
- Oppositional Behavior
- Family of Origin Challenges
I have significant experience working with depression in adolescent males, substance use in youth, and sexual trauma in teen guys.
All sessions are held in-person following current federal, state, and local mandates regarding masks, social distancing, and other safety protocols.
I believe that change is a journey. My goal is to help you or your teen on that journey. We’ll do this by making choices about what to change, identifying behaviors to leave behind, and developing the insight and skills needed to move forward.
Numerous studies show that a strong therapeutic alliance — which we can define as the connection between therapist and client — is essential for positive counseling outcomes. This is especially true with teens and young adults. With this in mind, I’m very relationship-oriented. Initial sessions focus on developing a strong alliance and most of the clinical work I do is one-on-one.
Beyond this relationship-oriented foundation, I’m pretty pragmatic. That means I use a variety of approaches with the goal of helping you or your teen get unstuck. These approaches include motivational interviewing, existential approaches, everyday mindfulness, and narrative therapy.
Change is a process, not an event. Most teens are extremely ambivalent about this process — even teens who actually want to attend counseling. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach that focuses on resolving this ambivalence, identifying genuine reasons for making change, developing skills for taking action, and supporting the process of doing something new.
Existential therapy addresses pointlessness, stuckness, and The Big Questions — topics which are especially relevant to teens dealing with depression, trauma, and substance-related concerns. Existential approaches help us identify these concerns, explore them, and develop practical strategies for managing — and even embracing — them.
Mindfulness involves acting with intention, focusing on the present moment, and being non-judgmental. Everyday mindfulness encourages us to use these skills in our daily lives to improve focus, decrease negative thoughts, and more. Practicing this kind of mindfulness is extremely helpful to those challenged by depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance-related concerns, and more.
The stories we tell about ourselves define how we act, think, and feel. They determine how we interpret the information of our lives, how we interact with the world, and how we make sense of our past, present, and future. Narrative therapy encourages us to revisit these stories — exploring if they are useful or lead to stuckness, and re-authoring the parts that no longer serve us.