About You

You are probably here because there is something you want to change.  I specialize in working with people who are facing major stressful events.  I also work with individuals who have experienced past trauma.

Past Trauma

  • Did you have a rough childhood?
  • Are you trying to forget the past but you can’t?
  • Do you suspect your difficult past still affects you even years later?
  • Do you wonder whether you can be in a relationship?

These thoughts and experiences are sometimes too difficult to talk to our friends about.  When we do, we may be left feeling frustrated, misunderstood, or judged.  I help people who find that past experiences are interfering with their relationships, self-esteem, work, and overall happiness.  If this strikes a chord with you, I’d love to hear your story.

Major Stressful Events and Medical Conditions

  • Do you feel overwhelmed?
  • Does it seem like you have no control over your situation?
  • Do you feel alone or afraid?

A major stressful event such as a medical diagnosis or a relationship breakup can have a profound impact on one’s life.  It can change us, how we relate to others, our priorities, and many other aspects of life.  I help people learn to cope more effectively with these experiences, even those which we cannot control.

Individual Psychotherapy with Adults of All Ages

Major stressful events and experiences can impact different aspects of one’s life:

  • Mood and Self-esteem. People can experience nervousness, worry, sadness, and many other emotions, often at the same time.  These feelings can be mild and nagging or quite severe and debilitating.  Sometimes people with traumatic pasts can have enduring thoughts of not measuring up, not being quite like others, or guilt and shame.  I help people shed the pain and move forward.
  • Relationships. Our past experiences influence how we view ourselves and our expectations of others, particularly in close relationships.  Major stressful events also affect our relationships.  If you have struggled, therapy can help you get to the root of the problem, create positive change, and build nurturing and enduring relationships.
  • Drugs and Alcohol. For some people, substances are a way of coping with or escaping from stress or trauma.  Over time, this can become ineffective and destructive.  I work with people who suspect that substances have become a problem.  I also help people who are in recovery and want to address significant issues in their lives while minimizing the risk of relapse and actively promoting recovery.

Psychologists often specialize, so if you are likely better served by someone else, I am happy to refer you.