Counseling

You’re the parent of an adolescent who’s depressed, impacted by trauma, or using substances. Or, perhaps you’re seeking services for yourself because you’re stuck and you know something needs to change.

I can help. For over twenty years, I’ve provided counseling to youth and young adults, addressing a variety of mental health challenges, substance use issues, and behavioral concerns.

These days, I meet with teen guys, emerging adult males, and transgender youth — focusing on depression, trauma, substance use,  and LGBTQ topics.

In addition, I have significant experience working with treatment resistant teens, adopted adolescents, and oppositional behavior.

PLEASE NOTE:   At this time,  I’m only accepting clients for in-person sessions.

MY APPROACH
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 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.