Different kinds of counseling for different people and situations
From our very first meeting, your session time is designed to be a safe supportive place for you to express your real thoughts and feelings freely and without judgement, collaborate in developing your individualized counseling plan and goals, and begin your healing journey.
- Individual therapy for adults of all ages, teenagers, and children
Individual sessions can be used to clarify and address both individual concerns and relational problems. I have experience helping individuals with a variety of different issues including depression, anxiety, loss of a loved one, anger management, low self esteem, lack of life direction/motivation, partner/spousal abuse, child sexual abuse, P.T.S.D. due to partner/spousal abuse, violent or abusive childhood experiences, and traumatic loss. I often use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, art therapy, narrative therapy, and play therapy, depending on the age, interests, temperament, and needs of the person receiving therapy.
- Couples counseling, marriage therapy, and pre-marital counseling
Couples sessions can be used to address communication issues, dysfunctional relational patterns, some kinds of partner/spousal abuse, and general relational unhappiness/ loss or lack of love. Couples counseling is not used to determine fault or blame, but it is very useful to untangle complicated relationship dynamics and determine simple actions each partner can do to step out of old patterns and gradually improve the relationship.
Couples counseling makes sense when both partners want to have a healthy loving relationship. Therefore, couples counseling is most effective when both partners are participating voluntarily, when partners are able to identify at least one aspect of their relationship that they would like to improve (even if they are different aspects), and when partners are willing to try out different actions that are likely to change their relationship for the better.
- Family therapy
Family therapy sessions can include any combination of parents, children, adult children, siblings, and extended family members. It is often a valuable part of effective child or teen counseling. Family therapy is also valuable when an entire family is responding to a major life change, loss, or traumatic event. Even though it may be tempting to send only the most obviously suffering family member(s) to counseling for help, family therapy can help entire families come together to support each other through difficult times. It can also promote caring, understanding, and compassion across generational lines and strengthen family bonds.
Call 408-643-2283 for more information or to schedule a free 10-15 minute consultation.