Whether you are a student, parent, or professional there is always room for personal growth. Together we develop a trusting relationship and goals to match your unique needs, stressors, strengths, valued goals, and relationships.
- Teen Issues: At times youth feel like they are “not good enough” – not smart enough, not cool enough, not attractive enough, not nice enough. Adolescence is meant to be a time of discovery, development of values, healthy life habits and meaningful relationships. However, rates of anxiety and depression in teens are raising at alarming speeds. If your youth struggles with worry, perfectionism, inflexibility, loneliness or depression, I welcome you to call and consult on available solutions.
- Anxiety: Our minds are programmed to constantly be scanning our environment for signs of threat in order to keep us safe.
Yet sometimes our brain falsely detects danger – physical, emotional or social – and this creates unnecessary fear and anxiety. We replay the past, or forecast into the future, when our mind is most content right here in the present.
- Avoidant Coping: Do you ever pretend that the problem doesn’t exist and hope that it goes away? This is called avoidant coping. It’s typified by procrastination, denial, and pretending that everything is fine, when really the stress is piling up and problems are getting worse.
- Codependency: Early life experiences in troubled families can lead to being emotionally dependent on others to feel important and worthwhile. If you find yourself putting other people’s needs before your own, I can help you build the confidence you need to set healthy boundaries and care for yourself.
- Depression: Blues got you down? Depression is more than a mood, it is a full body experience that can interrupt sleep, diet, work and school productivity, and family relationships. Chronic depression with thoughts of giving up can be difficult to manage. Research shows that RO DBT is the treatment of choice for refractory depression when other therapies haven’t helped.
- Eating Disorders: People who have a poor relationship with food and their bodies, are often living with a list of internal rules about diet, exercise, calories, meals, etc. that they must follow. Unfortunately, these rules can also serve to keep people stuck from living and enjoying life. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders, and are often co-morbid with anxiety and personality disorders. RO DBT is evidence-based in treating anorexia and other eating disorders typified by rule governed behavior such as orthorexia and some forms of bulimia. All ED patients must also be actively participating with a dietician and physician to participate in treatment.
- Loss and Forgiveness: Hurt and grief are often derived when life, the world, or others do not live up to our expectations. The result is carrying around emotional pain, resentment and bitterness that is only poisonous to ourselves. By exploring and grieving the loss of these expectations we learn to let go and live on.
- Obsessions and Compulsions: Preference for order and structure, repetitive thoughts and behaviors, rules, rituals, and rigidity are just a few of the symptoms that make getting up in the morning hard when you have obsessive-compulsive traits. With a combination of exposure hierarchies and Radically Open flexible mind principles, I can help you break free of the OCD trap.
- Parenting: Raising a child with over-controlled temperament has it’s unique challenges. Does your child blow up at you and no-where else? Would you describe your loved as dealing poorly with change? Does your heart break when they have trouble making friends? If you answered yes, I may have the solution for you – through parent coaching and education, we can get you and your child back on track.
- Radically Open DBT: I specialize in treating adolescents and adults who have temperaments of over-control (OC). Having an OC temperament means that your brain often sees the negative things in life. OC people are detail oriented and hard-working, and they may have trouble relaxing or having fun. While many of my OC clients have excelled in school or careers, th
e very same traits that help them succeed often block meaningful connections in life. Common OC problems include perfectionism, being highly critical of self and others, feeling chronically lonely, masking inner thoughts or feelings, being rigid or stubborn, fearful of new situations or new people, having obsessions and compulsions, struggling with eating disorders and other self-destructive behaviors. If you are wondering if you or your loved-one could benefit from this approach, go to Is RO DBT for Me
- Stress & Perfectionism: Stress is an unavoidable part of life and it’s how you deal with it that counts. If you expect perfection from yourself, others and the world – this often leads to being highly critical of self and others. This can impact our self-confidence and create tension in important relation
- Trauma and PTSD: Sometimes we live through difficult events that continue to impact our bodies, emotions and life choices – even though the danger is now over. New research on how the brain processes trauma has opened the window to leaving the past in the past and living fully in the present. I have been trained and practice trauma informed care with knowledge of Prolonged Exposure Therapy, neuro-emotional and somatic responses to trauma, and letting go by grieving the past.