Therapy can take many different forms. I offer individual, couples counseling, and family therapy. Sometimes, a combination of those may be beneficial. Traditional "talk" therapy is frequently utilized with adults and teens. Play therapy is appropriate for children. I will individualize the therapeutic process to your specific situation.
As I mentioned on the first page, everyone begins therapy at a different "starting point". Regardless of your "starting point", through individual therapy, I can help you increase your clarity about:
Play therapy is different from the 'talk therapy' in which adults participate. Children are often easily bored with sitting and talking. Play is active and is the most natural activity of children. Therefore, play makes therapy accessible to children and keeps the child engaged. Furthermore, play is a good vehicle for children to express their emotions. They use play activities as a way to communicate symbolically what is happening in their lives and how they are feeling.
In play therapy many media are used; sand tray, puppets, art materials, doll play, storytelling, clay work, and so on. Play therapy can help children with many forms of distress such as: grief or loss due to a death or divorce; fear, confusion, and/or anger related to living with a parent who abuses substances; low self-worth; inability to contain impulses or aggression; shyness; physical difference from peers; school problems; and the effects of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.
Family life can be complex. Difficulties may center on issues such as parental roles in decision-making and discipline, the division of household responsibilities, money, communication, blended and/or extended family relationships, and school-related problems. Family transitions, such as divorce, moving, the loss of a parent's job, a parent returning to work, the death of a loved one, or a new marriage or birth can be difficult for all family members, be they kids, teens or adults.
Couples counseling helps couples to meet each others' needs, whether it's understanding and resolving conflicts, improving the relationship, communicating better, negotiating differences, problem solving or learning to argue in a healthier way.
Co-parenting therapy is for parents who are no longer in an intimate relationship but wish to improve their ability to work together to raise their children. Co-parenting therapy can help things go smoother and reduce difficulties in child rearing.