When individuals come in for counseling, I start by creating a relaxed atmosphere where they feel safe and are reassured that they've found someone who can help. I've written about just a few of the issues I have helped individuals successfully address in their lives. If you want more information or have a question about something not specifically mentioned here, just get in touch.
Mood Issues (Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, etc.)
If you struggle with worry, fear, discouragement, hopelessness, moments of panic, or feeling out of control, you're not alone. Nearly 1 in 10 people in America is struggling with a mood issue. I've worked with countless individuals who have re-discovered joy and reclaimed their life by learning to manage their mood disorder. I can help you do the same.
Sometimes, the stress of life is overwhelming. You find yourself feeling irritable, anxious, emotionally exhausted, and unable to handle anything more. Don't wait until all of life is falling apart or you are miserable because you've been "white knuckling" through it before you choose to get help. Working together, we can identify the demanding issues in your life and develop the skills you need to not only manage but actually enjoy all that home, work, and the rest of life brings to you.
We experience life transitions all the time, not just when we become empty-nesters after the last child has left the house. From leaving home for the first time, to marriage, to parenthood, and more, transitions hit us throughout life and they are hard! I can help you deal with the uncertainty, stress, and worry that go hand in hand with these times of change.
The destructive forces of pornography distort views of sexuality, devastate relationships, and ruin lives. Many people try repeatedly to escape its grasp only to be swept back into the cycle again, filled with shame, self-loathing, and hopelessness. There is a way out! I have experience successfully treating this addiction in both men and women from early teens to late in life. I can help you face and overcome your pornography addiction. Together, we will work to develop the skills and address the contributing issues facing you so that you can be successful in taking back your life, healing relationships, and regain a healthy sexuality again.
The loss of control and feelings of hopelessness that accompany a drug or alcohol addiction can leave you worrying that you will never be able to be free of these problems. Treatment for substance abuse isn't just about the behavior; it's about building hope and reclaiming life. I help you to tame the difficult issues in your life that contribute to your substance use and develop the supports you need to maintain a lasting recovery.
Finding Hope & Spirituality
We all hit moments when we question what, or even if, we believe. We feel we've lost sight of the meaning in life that we used to see so quickly. Your struggle to reclaim hope and to develop your own spirituality (as opposed to religiosity) can be one of the most meaningful but difficult things you will do in your life. I can walk beside you along the path of self-inquiry and self-discovery, helping you to look deeply but remain grounded. This is some of the most rewarding counseling that I have the privilege of doing.
Grief & Loss
Losing someone close to you is devastating. When you add to that the chaos of an unexpected death or the relief that can accompany a drawn-out passing, it can be even worse. Perhaps you may feel left behind as you see others picking up and moving on while you are stuck in your grief. If you are experiencing any of this trauma in your life, I can help you begin moving forward again in a way that honors the person you've lost while reclaiming your own life.
Trauma and Abuse Recovery
There are times when we go through more than we know how to handle, more than we are capable of dealing with on our own. These may be anything from a one-time, emotionally traumatic event to years-long patterns of physical or sexual abuse. Whether what you are struggling with happened recently or is surfacing years later, I provide a safe space to carefully unpack those events and develop the support and skills you need to move forward and be happy again.
Society sends very clear messages to boys and men to "man up" or "be a man" and not show weakness. What men and boys end up learning is to ignore issues and emotionally disconnect from those around them. If you or the man (or young man) in your life is dealing with this, I can help you face what society has taught you to avoid and start engaging emotionally with the people in your life.
From time to time, it is normal to double-check the stove before you leave the house or to have a particular worry pop into your mind throughout the day. When these things begin to happen more frequently and start interfering with your daily life, it is time to seek help. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy, I can help those struggling with obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors regain control and live a happier life free of these unwanted thoughts or behaviors.
Teen & Adult Asperger Syndrome
Those who deal with AS struggle with a wide variety of challenges including reading facial expressions, saying the wrong things in conversations, dealing with change, and prioritizing and ordering things in their life. If you are an adult or a teen with AS, these symptoms can leave you feeling depressed, angry or even hopeless. You don't have to feel that way. I can help you identify how AS affects you individually and develop the skills to manage the challenges of AS so that you can be successful in school, work, and life.