Adults (18 – 64) comprise about 2/3 of my practice. Adults participate in individual therapy or in one or more select group therapies, including couples therapy.
I also offer help for children and adolescents (9-18) who struggle with anxiety, panic, strong emotions / highly sensitive personalities, or obsessive compulsive disorder. Time slots for this age group are fairly limited because they are generally during after-school hours. Please contact me so we can discuss how I can best meet the needs of your child.
Anxiety or Panic: Ever feel like the other shoe is always about to drop? Or, perhaps you have had a panic attack, or you suspect you might have had one. Anxiety and panic can truly be miserable but the good news is that panic attacks respond well to behavioral treatment. I use a multi-systems approach to helping people with anxiety and/or panic that focuses on both physiological and psychological aspects of anxiety. You can help your brain learn to calm down, and life will get better.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Not everyone who finds themselves sorting all their shirts by color or arranging objects on a desk actually meets the diagnostic criteria for OCD, even though we all joke about it (“Oh, I have to make sure it’s completely straight – I have OCD!”). Even mild OCD can lead to a lot of stress and wasted time. Treatment is not complicated, but it does demand your best efforts. OCD can look pretty different depending on personality and circumstances, but it responds beautifully to the same basic behavioral principles. I love helping people individualize treatment in ways that work.
Depression: Clinical depression is a distinct period of at least 2 weeks where you feel quite sad or blue, you don’t enjoy life the way you used to, it’s hard to find anything interesting anymore, you often feel unusually guilty and you may even have thoughts of suicide. Sometimes people sleep or eat much more than usual and sometimes they sleep or eat much less than usual. Depression is in large part a physiological problem. I use a holistic approach to tackle depression from multiple aspects at once. We’ll talk about nourishing the brain, getting a good night’s rest, as well as understand how thinking patterns and difficulty tolerating emotions can create trouble both mentally and physically.
Sensitive Temperament or Personality: Ever wish you could just flip a switch and turn off all your emotions? Although there is no specific diagnosis for this challenge, much of what I do is geared toward helping people who may be a little more (or a lot more!) sensitive to emotions as compared to the average person. Come find out why I think being sensitive is actually an advantage once you learn how to manage your sensitivity.
Difficulty Managing Emotions: People who have difficulty managing their emotions may find themselves unable to have as much control over anger, sadness and fear as they might wish for. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an ideal treatment to help those who would like to develop better “control” of their emotions. You’ll learn to tolerate difficult emotions instead of running away from them or numbing out. You’ll find that you are tougher than you thought you were and that emotions aren’t so awful once you figure out how to “have” them.