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Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy sessions provide a safe and confidential setting in which to share your challenges with a caring, well-trained professional who can help you process your experiences in healthy, nurturing ways.

There are many different reasons why people may wish to seek psychotherapy, however some of the more common ones are:

  • Relational, marriage and family issues, marital conflict
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression and other mood difficulties
  • Death or Loss, grief, bereavement, adjustment difficulties
  • Eating disorders/body image
  • Career or job difficulties
  • Sexuality issues, including effects of sexual abuse
  • Chronic physical pain
  • Parenting issues
  • Learning differences – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    and learning disabilities
  • Childhood difficulties

Adults

Many people notice that a subtle change occurs when we bring an accepting and compassionate awareness to our ordinary experience. This is a practice of focusing ones awareness in the present moment, both physically and emotionally. The joy of learning how to pause, relax, open, listen deeply and turn toward whatever is happening in our lives, no matter how tender or confusing. As we open our awareness to our inner conflicts, release what binds us, and become aware of new perspectives, we find pathways out of our pain and claim active choice in our personal life, and in our relationships. Healthy body-mind states are realized by utilizing several awareness practices, including: body awareness, breath awareness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and identifying internal dialogues.

Couples

The elements necessary to make a relationship work are surprisingly simple: understanding, honesty and respect. These elements are obvious to most couples or they would not choose to be in relationship in the first place. Why then do many of us find relationships so confusing and difficult? Most couples seek help for one or more of these six reasons- (jealousy, sexuality, in-laws, money, navigating illness, or parenting). Most of these reasons or components are common to any person choosing to navigate a life with someone else. What makes these situations difficult for some couples is a lack of understanding of how their personal history inhibits their ability to think clearly about the issues at hand. Many couples seek counseling after developing years of hurtful dynamics and negative thoughts about each other. These thoughts and negative patterns, which can be part of all relationships and individuals, overwhelm any positive feelings that were once the foundation of the relationship. One key component of healthy relationships is the ability to understand difference and not fear it. To do this both partners need to cultivate an ability to self reflect with honesty, in order be able work out issues of conflict with each other. Couples therapy helps create a consistent safe environment for couples to learn about themselves, and each other, in order to navigate the many joys and difficulties, life presents in a loving relationship.

Teenagers

Adolescence is a time of physical, emotional and cognitive changes. With the onset of puberty, adolescents experience changes within their bodies such as hormonal changes and emerging sexual feelings. Adolescents experience social and emotional changes, such as questions about personal and social identity, self-definition and the search for themselves. Adolescents also experience changes within their minds, the shift from concrete operational thinking – limited to the present and physical reality to formal operational thinking – opening the way for intellectual debate, conceptual thoughts and reflective observation. This approach can help adolescents develop a solid sense of self- confidence with one’s body, mind and emotions. This approach helps parents shift from the role of manager in their Children’s lives, to a consultant in their adolescent's lives.

Children

Movement, Drama, Art, Play and Sand Tray Therapy help children develop a healthy sense of self worth. Several Expressive Arts and Bodywork therapies are utilized because children learn through their bodies, as well as their minds. Interactive therapy leads to sensory integration as the child organizes the sensations of their body, with the perceptions of their mind and emotions. This approach helps parents develop a warm responsive parenting style with clear positive discipline. Learning what developmental tasks preoccupies your child at each stage of growth can help promote realistic parental expectations, and help parents develop confidence.