Individual Therapy for Teens and Adults

I provide individual therapy for teens (13-17 yrs.) and adults (18+ yrs.) clients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar disorder.  I also enjoy working with clients who are facing self-esteem issues, general life stressors or are confronting a life-transition that is causing distress.   

If you are experiencing some of the following symptoms, I can help:

  • persistent worrying

  • obsessive thinking

  • avoidance or isolation

  • hopelessness

  • sleeping issues

  • fatigue, loss of interest or lack of motivation

  • irritability or mood swings

  • impulsivity or risky behaviors

  • lack of confidence

  • negative impact on relationships

 

A Client-Centered Approach

Client-Centered Therapy is part of the Humanistic Therapy movement.  As indicated in its name, Client-Centered Therapy focuses on the client's experience and believes the client is in charge of their own growth.  My goal is to approach each client with warmth and empathy.  I highly value the therapeutic relationship, believing that it is one of the most important factors in a client's desire to continuously move toward their mental health goals.  My hope is that each client feels supported and validated as they work through their challenges and become more aligned with their authentic self.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

I often pull from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) principles when working with clients.  CBT is an evidenced-based therapy proven to alleviate symptoms of many disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar, sleep and substance use disorders.  CBT believes our perception or interpretation of a situation influences our thoughts which have a large impact on the feelings and behaviors that follow.  CBT seeks to uncover negative thought patterns and works to challenge and reframe them so that we can respond to events in a healthier way.  I enjoy CBT because it is practical and easy for clients to work on in-between sessions.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

I also refer to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in my sessions.  DBT is an evidenced-based therapy that helps clients work in "shades of grey" instead of resorting to extreme "black and white" thinking.  DBT stresses that two opposites can occur at the same time: acceptance and change.  We can learn accept ourselves/reality as it is and we can choose to make changes to our world for a better, more fulfilling life.  DBT offers validation of personal experiences while also encouraging action towards change.  DBT provides skills that can be used to improve Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  I lean on DBT skills because they can be used by clients long after therapy sessions cease.