TEENS, ADULTS, COUPLES & FAMILIES
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” This age-old saying is meant to express the process of transitioning stress, concern, and hardship into something sweet and tasty. We all have our lemons. At times it may feel like a bag of lemons. Its sour taste tells us that we are hurt, depressed, anxious, stressed, or unloved.
The process of individual therapy may assist you to access your full potential. Individual therapy may be a transformative process as you discover your strengths, talents, and resources. Lemonade may taste like increased self-esteem, confidence, self-care, mindfulness, and healthy relationships.
Couplehood is a very complex process. In it, couples merge their greatest strengths and weaknesses with each other’s. It is a great challenge even when everything seems to be working well. In couples therapy, clients learn the art of compromise and communication. It is a helpful skill to express your thoughts, emotions, and needs to your partner. Couples therapy is a place to learn how to increase intimacy, problem solve, and fight safe and fairly.
Family is a complex social institution meant to provide basic needs, safety, growth, nurturing and love. The family is the solar system of our world. It is the intersection where each individual meet one another to compromise their needs. No one family system is the same. Each family system is unique and unlike any other. The family is a Rubik’s Cube of diverse experiences where we learn to care for, model behavior and support one another.
Imagine that the earth suddenly decides to rotate in the opposite direction. Life as we know it will change. The seasons. The calendar. Day and nights will shift. Chaos would result and mere survival would be threatened.
When a couple struggles with infidelity, disease, divorce, and unemployment – the system shifts. When parents learn their child has been bullied, has a learning disability, has experienced abuse and addictions – the system shifts.
Family therapy is designed to strengthen all members of the family and to re-align themselves with the strengths and uniqueness of their solar system. Family therapy supports healthy communication to solve conflict while providing strategies to strengthen relationships both specific to the individual as well as the system as a whole.
Working with Teens
I assume that the thought of seeing a counselor may feel awful, awkward or exciting. It’s not easy to meet someone new and talk to them about your life. That is a lot to ask.
My hope is to be helpful. I am interested to learn about you – what makes you great, what struggles you may have, and do my best to support you.
To Parents of Teens…
“Get off your phone! Stop texting! Don’t disrespect me. Your teacher called. Don’t slam your door!”
This is the Rated-G list and present in many households. The common symptoms of adolescents include, but are not limited to the following: anxiety, anger, stress, depression, relationship struggles, and difficulties at school.
The Rated-R versions looks like outright defiance, drug and alcohol issues, unsafe promiscuity, bullying, abuse, cutting, and more. Each issue designed to frighten parents and caregivers. And rightly so.
Adolescence is a tough time. As adults push for compliance, good behavior and social norms – many teens push back. Teens are often impulsive risk takers and are on a constant search for peer approval and identity formation.
I hope to support teens and their families by providing a safe, educational, and therapeutic experience as they navigate the space between childhood and adulthood. My goal is to utilize the therapeutic relationship to explore their thoughts and needs so they can effectively communicate them in healthy ways.