Adolescent and Family Counseling
My practice often focuses on teenagers and the struggles that many young people experience during adolescence. I have worked with teenagers from every walk of life and many that have experienced great hardship at a young age. Often, parents can become frustrated with the challenges and behaviors that accompany this period in a young person’s life. Adolescence is a time of extraordinary change for children as they move into young adulthood and it can often be accompanied by conflict, defiance, anger and confusion. At the same time, there is also a great deal of energy, excitement, potential and hope. I often find that the trick is to engage teenagers in a way that catches their attention and gives them a voice to express what they think is happening in their lives.
As a father, I fully understand how difficult it can be at times to adjust to changes in our children's behavior. So much is going on in the world of a teenager that it can be hard for parents to relate or understand what is happening to their child. New influences, temptations, expectations, and the struggle to define themselves as young adults separate from their parents can many times create an atmosphere of conflict. Teenagers are often looking for mentors and role models in their lives to test the thoughts and ideas of their parents, friends, and relatives. My role in your child’s life is to provide a safe place to examine these ideas and test the reality of their thoughts and feelings. Additionally, we will create an atmosphere where children and parents can learn to understand and communicate with each other in a way that is realistic, accepting, and respectful.
- Home and School Behavioral Issues
- Defiance and Anger
- Divorce and Separation Issues
- Self Esteem
- Family Conflict
- Socialization Issues
- Alcohol and Drug Use
Adult and Relationship Counseling
One of the most important aspects of our lives are the relationships we have, not just with other people but with ourselves as well. Understanding the way we feel about ourselves and exploring the patterns we repeat can help us develop much greater insight into behaviors and emotions that make us unique. My work with clients is based on a comprehensive evaluation and assessment process that incorporates individual challenges in the context of broader family and social influences. Personal strengths and resources are highlighted to help you achieve and maintain your goals in a lasting way.
As adults, it is often easy to forget that we are grown-up-kids and many of the issues we struggle with in our lives today can be associated with the beliefs and experiences we had as teenagers. This is particularly true when it comes to relationships, self-esteem issues, anxiety, and depression. Understanding the influences that were critical in defining who we became as adults often provides insight into the struggles many people feel in their current lives. Oftentimes, examining your world from a slightly different perspective can provide insight allowing you to view your life with more clarity.
My work with adults and couples is supportive and reality based. The focus is on what can be achived today without discounting the influences from our past. Together, we learn to examine past experiences with a present focus while reality testing distorted thoughts and beliefs that may be creating roadblocks in your life.
- Depression and Anxiety
- Relationship Issues
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Divorce and Separation Adjustment
- Co-parenting issues
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for adolescent behavioral issues and family counseling to depression, anxiety, relationship struggles and beyond. Services are provided in a comfortable, supportive and professional environment. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs and goals.