Counseling

For twenty years, I’ve met with teens and emerging adults regarding a variety of mental health, substance use, and behavioral concerns — with most of my training and experience focused in these three areas:

Adolescent Guys
Addressing depression, trauma, oppositional behavior, and suicidal thoughts

LGBTQ+ Youth & Young Adults
Exploring topics such as sexual orientation, coming out, and gender identity

Teens with Co-occurring Disorders
Individuals with both a mental health concern and a substance-related problem

MY APPROACH
Change is a journey. My goal is to help you, your teen, or your family 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 positive counseling outcomes, especially 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 utilize a somewhat eclectic mix of approaches with the goal of helping you or your teen get unstuck. These include motivational interviewing, mindfulness, existential approaches, and cognitive behavioral traditions.

In addition, I have significant training and experience providing dialectical behavior therapy (or DBT). I often use DBT-informed approaches when meeting with individuals who are suicidal, highly anxious, or extremely stuck.