Counseling

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 utilize a somewhat eclectic mix of strategies with the goal of helping you or your teen get unstuck. These include motivational interviewing, mindfulness, existential approaches, and narrative therapy.

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