I understand that people often feel uncertain about seeking help from a psychologist and are unsure what to expect from therapy services. First, know that many, many parents, kids, families, and adults experience difficulties coping with the demands of life or parenting and those that look for help generally find that they feel happier, are more productive, and more confident after therapy.
Life is challenging and unpredictable, and kids do not come with an instruction manual, so it makes sense that sometimes you will be thrown a curveball that you are unsure how to handle. Therapy can help you learn new skills, build stronger relationships, and reevaluate priorities.
For babies and young children I offer parent-child therapy which is excellent to support family relationships. This is often called dyadic therapy or family therapy. For young children in particular, I feel that parents or caregivers should be actively involved in the therapy process to provide safety, support, and to learn new ways of interacting with their child. Parents often say that dyadic therapy helps them understand their child’s needs, fears, feelings, and behaviors much better and leaves them feeling more confident as a parent.
Children and Adolescents:
Parent-child, individual, family, or play therapy are all options depending on the concerns and the needs of the family. Therapy gives children a place to express feelings safely and without judgement, to learn new ways to cope, and to improve self-esteem and behavior. Therapy can also help parents understand their child’s needs and work together as a family to meet them.
Prenatal Parenting Preparation is offered to help hopeful or expectant couples prepare for the new job of parenting. This may include thinking about how you were parented, how you will co-parent, and making a parenting plan for your new child.
I offer one or more consultation sessions for parents who would like strategies or ideas to help with specific issues like sleep problems, feeding issues, or challenging behaviors (e.g. homework). Together we will develop a structured plan to address concerns and put the plan into place.
Parent coaching can be helpful to look at your current parenting and learn new skills where you would like to do things differently. Together we can make a new positive parenting plan that is unique to your child’s needs. You can learn new ways to discipline, set household rules, provide rewards, and improve your relationship with your child.
Those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, or interest in personal growth may benefit from my caring, relationship-oriented style. I provide adults a safe place to explore emotions and struggles without judgement. In therapy I ask questions to encourage you to explore your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions and support you in reaching your goals.
I also offer clinical hypnosis to target specific issues or goals such as stress management or birth preparation.