Counseling Services

Throughout my professional career I have developed the skill set to assist my clients with achieving their individual goals. I offer a variety of services for each of my clients. Listed below are some of the structured sessions that are available.

Service Categories

Adolescent & Young Adult Issues

The period of adolescence and young adulthood can be a challenging time in one’s life. This is a period of transition and change. You are beginning to discover who you are, your true identity, life goals that you wish to achieve, and personal aspirations on a deeper level. During this period of exploration, your body is also experiencing changes both physically and emotionally. As a result, there is a need for positive outlets, coping skills and nonjudgmental support. You may find yourself turning to maladaptive ways of coping in order to ease the emotional suffering you may be experiencing. Some of these negative coping skills such as self-harm, substance abuse, low self-esteem, eating disorders, isolation and many more may seem to provide short term relief. However, you will learn that these behaviors are destructive and do not lead to the healing you deserve.

Therapy can be the key to your healing process. It will provide you with a confidential space for you to share your deepest struggles, fears and concerns. Together we will work towards overcoming the hurdles you are facing.

Stress Management

In order to tackle stress, you must first understand the source or trigger of your stress. You must take a close look at your personal life to explore major contributors. You will learn how to deal with stressful situations by avoiding, altering, adapting or accepting the stressor. Therapy will help you learn to become assertive in order to avoid unnecessary stress. We will provide you with stress management techniques that reduce the level and intensity of your stress as well as improve your overall quality of life.

By taking a cognitive behavioral approach you will learn to reframe your problematic thoughts in order to cope in a more effective fashion. You will also learn how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected. By increasing your ability to alter your thought process, your emotional and behavioral responses will change for the better.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be a debilitating emotion. Symptoms of anxiety may include excessive worry, irrational fears, panic, paranoia, disruptive sleep patterns, insecurities, increased heart rate and difficulty breathing. The exact cause of anxiety is unknown and is specific to the individual who is suffering. There are many different kinds of anxiety, some of which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias.

Therapy will provide you with psychoeducation so you can further understand biological, physical and social factors that contribute to your anxiety. Our approach to treating anxiety is unique to each client in order to meet individualized needs. Together, we will work to identify thoughts that perpetuate anxiety symptoms, learn techniques to reframe and challenge these thoughts, as well as extinguishing the power these thoughts hold over you. By identifying negative beliefs and dysfunctional behaviors which are impacting your unhappiness, we will begin to work on replacing these components with more balanced and healthy thoughts and actions.

Depression

Depression can be a lifelong battle for some. For others it can be the result of a significant event they experienced. Regardless, the road to recovery begins with therapy. Depression can leave one feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, unmotivated, restless or irritable. In addition, one may experience low energy, changes in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions, thoughts of death or suicide, physical aches or pains, and a loss of interest in pleasurable activities. Depression is caused by a number of factors. Some of these factors include genetic, biological, social, psychological and environmental components.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are often difficult to understand for both individuals and their families, and are broken down into several categories: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Eating Disorder (not otherwise specified). It is not necessarily about the diagnosis, but rather the symptoms of this disease that cause the individual distress. Eating Disorders are developed for a myriad of reasons. Through therapy we will assist you in understanding your personal struggle, extinguish problematic behaviors and develop a healthier relationship with your body and food.

Eating disorders should not be taken lightly. They can affect a person’s, mental, emotional and physical health, and do not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity or gender. In the U.S. up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder). In addition, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

References
The Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, “Eating Disorders 101 Guide: A Summary of Issues, Statistics and Resources,” 2003.
American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 152 (7), July 1995, p. 1073-1074, Sullivan, Patrick F.

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy technique that incorporates bilateral stimulation to help people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. The goal of EMDR is to fully process past experiences and emotions that are attached to those events. These distressing experiences have shaped the negative beliefs we have developed about ourselves. These negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs become replaced with positive thoughts and feelings that encourage a healthier mindset and lifestyle. EMDR has been proven to be helpful in treating anxiety, abuse, disturbing memories, PTSD and other emotional struggles. Learn more here.

Family Conflict

Every family has growing pains. There is no perfect families, just as there is no perfect individuals. Sometimes stressors arise in life which impact the entire family’s dynamic. In addition, conflicts are bound to occur and communication becomes impacted. Through family therapy, you can work towards identifying family goals and improving relationships amongst its members.

 

Session Types

Private Individual Sessions

Initial Biopsychosocial assessment:

This 60 min session is used to gather vital information regarding your treatment history, treatment goals, presenting problem and current symptoms. Additionally, you will be asked to complete paperwork, review consent forms and discuss any further questions or concerns you may have prior to entering outpatient treatment.

Follow up individual sessions:

These 50 min sessions are designed to develop your individualized treatment plan, develop strategies to achieving these goals, explore barriers or obstacles that you may face, strengthen your ability to cope with distressing situations and meet other therapeutic needs that may arise. Each individual who enters treatment will receive support, feedback,and psychoeducation in addition to other therapeutic interventions and an individualized tailored treatment plan.

*Skype sessions are available upon request.

Private Family Sessions

Family members can play a key role in an individual’s treatment. Incorporating family sessions into one’s treatment can be beneficial. These 50 min sessions are designed to promote healthy communication amongst family members, resolve family conflict and set realistic attainable family goals. Oftentimes we fail to recognize the strong impact we have on one another, and how communication and healthy relationships promote success as well as stability in one’s life. Throughout our journey there are many challenges and roadblocks we may face. Family members who are supportive can help each other overcome these obstacles.

Psychoeducational Sessions

Sometimes in life we need more education than we can find in a book at the library. These sessions are specifically tailored to meet your educational needs. Prior to the session you will be asked to outline specific questions or topics that you need more information on or help understanding. I will do my best to provide you with resources, educational materials and additional referrals tailored specifically to the topic you have identified. My specialties lie in the areas of relationship issues, adolescent and young adult issues, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, stress management and family conflict.

At Hope, Healing & Happiness our goal is to help provide you with the hope that recovery is possible, assist you along your journey of healing and uncover your happiness. Don’t allow yourself to continue the emotional suffering. Take control of your life today.