gENERAL COUNSELING SERVICES
This starts with relationship and trust building, complimented by a thorough treatment plan (which I am happy to communicate to parents), and execution of treatment plan--all with the intention of meeting goals set by the client. Threaded between these tasks is a sense of relationship, which is the most effective tool in all of therapy.
There are two main populations that I serve: teenagers and parents of teenagers.
If you are a parent: If your teenager is my client, I work closely with them to set their goals and achieve them. But part of this is informing parents and consulting with them to improve the chances of the client working towards those goals. Sometimes this means encouragement for parents, sometimes it means resources and guidance. It NEVER means condemnation or judgement. Most parents are just doing the best they can, but need some objective help from an outsider--that's where I come in. Please skim through my services and see which would be a good fit for you. If you need a service that isn't listed, go ahead and call as I will try my best to accommodate you. This is just a general list of common services needed, not an exhaustive one.
If you are a teenager: I am here to help you set goals, feel better, and discover who you are.
Sometimes you and your kiddo just have to get on the same page. i can help with that by being the objective third-person, offering feedback for both sides and hopefully helping you achieve your goals.
I believe that therapy is most effective with as many people in the room as possible. Your teen is the main client, yes, but every one of us come from a family--who comes from another family. In these "systems" (fancy therapy word meaning your family is connected to other families), are dynamics and patterns that cause problems. These dynamics shine most brightly when everyone is there. In most cases, if you can identify and change the dynamic, we can resolve the problem.
This is an evidence based practice for trauma. Your brain is constantly processing information and storing it. When some traumatic events occur, the processing doesn't happen correctly. Think of a rock trying to go through your digestive system--it would get stuck. These traumas (not all, but some), also get stuck with the same emotions, sensations, and beliefs that happened when they occurred (i.e. getting bullied in the third grade can make you feel worthless and think, "I don't matter"). Then, this trauma, because it is stuck, connects to other traumas and becomes the lens in which we see life. What Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) does is mimics REM sleep with bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements), and helps the trauma get processed and stored in more effective ways than it was originally stored. Although the memory still exists, the emotion, sensation and belief should either subside or be greatly decreased. Furthermore, the lens (i.e. "I don't matter") is changed, resulting in hopefully a more healthy and positive life. This is a very basic explanation. Please click here for a more thorough explanation.
** Just a note, I recommend for you to allow at least two hours for these sessions because they are typically more intense and require more care.
Occasionally, I teach groups. These are topical and based on request/need. Some examples of potential groups are: parenting seminars, friendship groups, or skills based like "tools to combat anxiety." If you have ideas for a group, please let me know!