Are you struggling now and looking for relief? Perhaps life has thrown you unexpected challenges. Maybe you feel caught in old patterns of behavior and thinking. Perhaps you are having difficulty adjusting to new life demands or hitting familiar obstacles in relationships.
Are you tired of suffering? I combine my knowledge of psychology, human behavior, and mindfulness to help my clients lead more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe and compassionate environment. Throughout this process you will learn to quiet the chatter of your mind, move into the present, and build a future based on possibility, rather than fear.
Maybe you’re unsatisfied with your job. Maybe you’re tired of dating or feeling disconnected in your relationship. Maybe the inequality and violence of our political and economic systems make you feel hopeless. Whether you’re in crisis or looking to deepen your self-awareness or spiritual practice, I can help you identify and change patterns and behaviors that get in the way of living the life you want.
I have one goal in therapy: your transformation. Why cope with a problem if you can eliminate it? Healing both the problem and its root cause creates lasting change. While traditional talk therapy can produce positive results, I have a broader therapeutic toolkit to help you rapidly heal troubling thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In a first session, you can expect me to connect with you quickly and get to the root of the issues that concerns you. My style is relaxed, non-judgmental, I'm active in sessions and focused on producing significant, impactful results in the shortest time possible.
I believe it is possible for people to change. For over 25 years, I have been working with teens, adults and seniors, helping them reassess what they want out of life and how to get it, change their approach to work and relationships, and heal the emotional and spiritual pain of loss, anxiety and depression. My areas of special interest include: Couples Therapy: Resolving Conflict and Deepening Intimacy; Grief and Loss: Healing the Pain of Loss and Adjusting to Living--Washingtonian magazine has named me a Top 10 Grief Therapist;
Chronic Illness and Care Giving: Balancing Reality and Hope
Hello. Thank you for visiting my page. I believe that you have the potential to heal and grow regardless of your age, gender, social status, experience, and depth of pain. My goal is to help you acknowledge and trust your own strengths to overcome any struggles. When individuals come to therapy, they may feel out of balance with difficult feelings, perceptions, behaviors, and/or thoughts. With a holistic view of a person as a complex being with different facets and strengths, I aim to facilitate my clients' self-awareness, self-regulation, self-expression, and self-exploration toward recreating wholeness.
Do you live in a culture that is different from your culture of origin? Do you feel it is hard to be fully understood? Are you in the middle of a conflict with others? Sometimes, we feel lonely, lost, and disempowered when going through life transitions, good or bad. Transition could look like a divorce, a loss of a love one, a new cultural/sexual identity, or even an exciting new job. You don’t have to go through those transitions alone. Therapy is a safe space for you to explore the complex emotions come with the changes. If you are not sure what you are experiencing, therapy also allows you to get closer to the unknown.
If you are struggling with issues that prevent you from being as happy as you would like, I can help. For over 35 years, I have specialized in working with children and adolescents, as well as adults and couples. I utilize play therapy with young children and look to their parents as partners in treatment. With older children and adolescents, I use various approaches depending on their emotional development and issues. For those of us a bit older, life transitions including college, marriage, becoming a parent and loss can be stressful, but also create opportunities for growth.
It's hard to know how to choose a counselor. I'm happy to meet for an hour or two at no charge to make sure it is a good match. Be aware that I accept Maryland and Federal Workers' Compensation. It starts with feeling at ease with someone, and feeling understood. I'm willing to be helpful for people who struggle with addiction, but I may need people to see an additional counselor for more focused help on this. One's thinking and beliefs are important, and certainly there is an emotional component. I find that people feel a lot better when they feel their lives are moving forward.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, GC-C
Life is a journey with many challenges. Coping with the loss of someone we love can be one of life's biggest and most painful challenges. Are you grieving the death of a family member or a close friend? Have you lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death? Or perhaps, you are going through a situation in your life that is fostering feelings of loss and grief; such as a relationship breakup, a chronic or terminal ailment, loss of employment, or a loved one's illness. If you are, I can help you.
Lets embark on a journey to help you heal from the inside out. Are you struggling from the effects of a difficult childhood? Do you have coping mechanisms that enabled you to survive as a child that are impacting your relationships negatively as an adult? Do you feel like the same set of unhealthy relationship patterns show up with different people? Have you gotten to a place in your recovery where the tools that you normally use are no longer working? Allow me to walk down the road less travelled with you because together we can discover how to help you set boundaries and have healthy relationships.
I think it's very important to find a therapist who is a GOOD FIT for you with your unique needs. While I think psychodynamically, which means that I focus on helping my clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships, I tend to be pragmatic and problem solving. My style is professional, yet relaxed and I'm appreciated for being both compassionate and having a sense of humor in my work. I see my patients in individual psychotherapy and very frequently in group therapy as well. Please note that I am only accepting new patients for group therapy.
When something in your past has an effect on your perceptions of your present situations and creates stress in your life you can benefit by talking about and working through your experiences which leads to understanding your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. You can begin to recognize, appreciate and use your strengths to work through those thoughts that bring hurt, pain or stress to you. When you recognize your strengths, you can learn how to use them to make the changes you desire in yourself so your life becomes more satisfying and fulfilling.
If you found yourself in a struggle - I am here to help you be brave, cultivate strength, and find relief. Whether you are fighting an exhausting war with your loved one, the circumstances of your life feel unmanageable, or you are battling your own emotions. Maybe you are tired of fighting depression, or anxiety has you in tight grip. I am here to help you choose your battles, work out strategy and the best plan of action, find clear solutions and reach inner peace. Together, we’ll work towards emotional well-being, harmony and grace. We'll also celebrate and have fun along the way.
As a licensed clinical psychologist I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families from myriad backgrounds see their strengths and overcome their challenges in order to achieve the highest level of functioning possible. I particularly enjoy challenges and have shared success with clients and families in situations and coping with problems which had seemed insurmountable or had lasted for many years. Using an integrated approach, I make sure that whatever I do is in the best interest of the client and is effective, adaptable, and most of all realistic with respect to where the client is and their goals in treatment.
Sometimes it helps just to have a caring nonjudgmental person to talk to and bounce ideas off. Sometimes, people need a gentle push along with clear steps to take to make things better. After over 35 years working with clients from children to adult, public and private settings, I have learned what differences to respect and what common themes and needs to honor for all human beings. Throughout my career as a counselor/psychotherapist, my strength continues to be my ability to understand human nature. I share with my clients knowledge, respect, and guidance. It is a two way learning process.
In a non-judgemental, respectful atmosphere I accompany people along their journey to living richer, more meaningful life. I encourage people to broaden their awareness into their thoughts, feelings, reactions and behaviors to identify strengths and whats working and challenges and how they are getting in the way. Recognizing the the mind-body-spirit connection, understanding healthy and antiquated defenses and increasing capacity for feeling a greater range of emotions at a deeper level is an important focus of the psychotherapy process. Identifying feelings, understanding reactions and learning better, more effective means of communicating with others is integral as well.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LCPC
Life can be challenging. Stress, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and identity issues can impact your functioning and ability to move forward in your life. During these times, it is important to feel empowered and confident to tackle the challenges you face and prepare for the victories ahead. Through self-exploration and an understanding of your needs in therapy, you can tap into your most authentic self to navigate your world.
Our relationships with others can be the source of our greatest joys and our greatest pain. I see therapy as a collaborative process where we work together to help you develop healthy, supportive, relationships - be they with partners, children, parents, friends, or co-workers. With over 25 years of experience providing individual, couple and family therapy, training family therapists, and teaching about families at the university level, I am committed to the important yet often difficult work of enhancing self-understanding and improving relationship/family functioning.