Family Therapy + Adolescent Counseling

All families experience struggles, conflicts and changes that can impact day to day life. When problems and concerns aren't addressed, tension and strife builds which contributes to isolation, withdrawal, overwhelm and sometimes lashing out. Family dynamics change and can lead to concerns about the integrity of the family unit. As family members age, children become more independent, circumstances change--it's important for the family members to identify feelings and concerns and to learn to communicate and express needs and desires for the future.

Families experience transitions. Change is the constant in life. Effective family therapy provides a safe environment for family members to consider relationship patterns and dynamics--a system that includes generational patterns and newly-developed dynamics. Successful family counseling can also meet the needs of newly-combined or blended families facing challenging transitions. You will be guided to create new ways of listening, relating, communicating, and functioning in an effort to understand family members and settle family struggles. It is important that all family members commit to attending sessions and are open to participating in a non-judgmental space that allows for differences as well as shared feelings, thoughts and concerns.

Adolescent + Young Adult Psychotherapy

Adolescents don't always know or can't express feelings or emotions. From a developmental standpoint, they lack the cognitive and emotional maturity to verbalize their experiences. One way they are able to tell their story is through action or reacting to the environment. Sometimes, adolescents shut down, avoid, act out or develop other unhelpful coping mechanisms in an effort to manage their distress. Many things can go wrong as adolescents, young adults and their families struggle with many issues related to this difficult transition including: separation and individuation issues, needs for closeness vs autonomy, attachment and relationship challenges, identity exploration, confusion about goals and direction and concerns about education and career. All of these concerns can lead to conflicts and symptoms such as anxiety, depression, substance use and abuse, addictions and self image issues.  

Family therapy and or individual sessions can provide early and effective intervention leading to significant improvement in adolescent and young adult emotional and social functioning. When young people experience stress, confusion, chaos, depression, anxiety, trauma, parental discord, bullying and loss, they show their anger, fear and sadness through mood and behavior changes. Parents frequently assume these symptoms will resolve with time, but often, problems compound or escalate, leading to more maladaptive behaviors. The developing adolescent or young adult is able to benefit most when encouraged to express their feelings in an open and safe environment. The therapist helps the young person develop enhanced self-awareness, increased acceptance and comfort with their developing "self," learn healthier coping skills, receive guidance and support and learn to modify unhelpful thoughts and behaviors as needed.

Common distress indicators in teens, adolescents and young adults:

  • Mood changes - anxiety and depression can manifest as aggression, isolation, irritability and sadness
  • Physical complaints - emotional issues often manifest in physical complaints such as headaches, stomach problems or other somatic complaints
  • Behavior changes - teens and adolescents may isolate, seem less interested in usual activities or show increased or decreased activity level
  • Difficulties with concentration - young people in distress may have problems with impulsivity and focusing
  • Academic decline - a drop in grades in school or college may indicate emotional distress or learning issues
  • Eating problems - emotional distress often takes the form of refusing to eat or restricting food
  • Sleeping problems - this is frequently a sign of excessive worry, a mood-related problem, circadian rhythm sleep disorder or a health issue and should be evaluated by a professional
  • Separation issues - may indicate distress in the environment or earlier unresolved developmental issues
  • Behavior problems - teens and adolescents act out becoming aggressive and oppositional with family members, peers and teachers
  • Substance Abuse - experimentation is normal with teens and adolescents, however substance use that interferes with functioning is an indication of poor coping skills and emotional distress

I have expertise working with the following adolescent and young adult concerns:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Self-harm
  • OCD
  • Self-esteem deficits
  • Perfectionism & inhibitions
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Substance use/abuse, behavioral addictions
  • Sexual & identity issues
  • Body image
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse and trauma, PTSD
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger
  • Social skills deficits
  • Divorce & family conflicts

OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Consulation, Supervision, EMDR + Adjunctive EMDR Therapy + Online Counseling Sessions

I've enjoyed my education adventures along the way and am able to offer a unique approach to healing. My goal is to blend contemporary psychological practices and practical skill-building with intuitive guidance and the wisdom of the ancient healing arts. The heart and soul of my approach is to help clients develop insight, self-awareness, self-acceptance, authenticity, self-integration, respect for one's body, feeling embodied, healthier boundaries, self-care and to learn to trust one's own inner guide and wisdom. 

Psychotherapy For Adolescents + Adults

Individual adolescent and adult therapy is provided in my Manhattan office, and depending on client concerns, online using Skype or a HIPPA compliant platform. An initial consultation is the best way to determine if your particular needs and goals can best be addressed using a short-term model such as solution-focused therapy and crisis counseling or long-term psychotherapy to address longstanding, chronic symptoms and conflicts. I have advanced post-graduate training in a variety of helpful techniques such as: EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Focusing and Mindfulness. After an initial assessment, I will give you my opinion, and together, we can discuss therapy in detail. We can also consider the duration of treatment and the approach or combination that would be the best solution for you. I have expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, compulsions, eating disorders, relationship problems, sexuality, identity concerns, sexuality, self-defeating patterns/self-sabbotage, lack of purpose, spirituality, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD, attachment issues, self-esteem, transitions, loss, wellness coaching and an integrative therapy approach that addresses chronic pain and medical challenges. 

Coaching, Strategizing + Mentoring

Coaching clients are goal-oriented individuals who seek results in their lives. Hiring a coach who is rigorously trained to uncover obstacles, as well as guide and support your best self, is a powerful resource. Having support and guidance as you practice new behaviors can be incredibly helpful. Some just need an expert "strategist" to guide efforts towards growth and change. Coaching unearths the stubborn and often hidden, negative self-concepts that keep people anchored to their present reality. Identifying these unhelpful concepts helps clients move forward. Often, a positive and renewed sense of energy will emerge as soon as one begins the coaching process. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change restoring or creating balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, career issues, focusing on goal-attainment, repairing a relationship, getting "unstuck" or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration and support one desires. Working with a licensed trained psychotherapist can yield exceptional results. Coaching is not therapy. Therapists have interesting skills and tools that can be used when longstanding and resistant patterns interfere with progress. I won't hesitate to offer EMDR for blocks and peak performance enhancement, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused strategies or Cognitive Behavior techniques to my clients, combined with coaching strategies to help the "stuck" move forward.

Relationship Counseling + Couples Therapy

I've successfully worked with many coupes who desire a better, more fulfilling relationship. I work with many high-functioning couples who would like to enhance their relationship and reestablish intimacy and connection. I also work with individuals at various stages of relationships including: newly-formed relationships, couples seeking pre-marital counseling and guidance, new parents seeking support, those considering separation or divorce and the newly single and ready to date. I use a "team" approach, helping couples learn to communicate their needs and "hear" the needs of their partner, as well as develop a shared vision or goals, learn acceptance and compassion for self and the other, heal from infidelity, develop new skills,  identify and de-escalate triggers, address sex and intimacy concerns and understand how the past may be impacting your current relationship. I use my training from The Gottman Institute, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT and Non-Violent Communication or NVC to support my work with couples.

EMDR Therapy + Brainspotting

As an EMDRIA-approved, level II trained EMDR therapist, I have enjoyed great success with clients using EMDR therapy for a variety of chronic, longstanding difficulties as well as recent traumatic incidents. EMDR psychotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into ongoing talk therapy sessions to speed the healing process. As a New York City based EMDR specialist, I provide trauma resolution for PTSD symptoms, and healing for attachment deficits, developmental traumas, medical trauma and chronic physical and emotional abuse. Additionally, EMDR is an effective therapy for anxiety, obsessions, phobias, compulsions, panic attacks, depression, self-esteem, eating disorders and more. For addictions, I use a specific protocol called the Feeling State Addiction Protocol or FSAP when working with substance and process addictions. For individuals in addiction recovery, elements of EMDR therapy can help clients develop self-soothing inner resources. A combination of EMDR and coaching is an effective treatment combination for sports and peak performance enhancement and creative and performance blocks. Brainspotting, another technique developed by David Grand, PhD, combined with EMDR psychotherapy is a technique I use to address attachment issues, unresolved trauma, pre-verbal trauma and performance problems. 

Consultations + Referrals

I provide consultation sessions that are time-limited and problem or goal-focused. Some individuals and families consult with a mental health professional for educational purposes, a clinical assessment or diagnosis, help with a personal or life challenge, support for a difficult transition or crisis and to obtain resources to other collateral support such as psychiatrists or treatment facilities such as rehabs for addictions and eating disorders. Clinical consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns, probem-solve with a professional and make decisions or changes in their lives that move them forward when they feel unsupported or "stuck." I am delighted to share my trusted resources to complementary, alternative and conventional medical referrals in New York City and beyond. Consultations are not psychotherapy and can be done long distance using an online service such as Skype, Google, FaceTime  or via telephone sessions. 

Integrative Therapy-Coaching, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction + Self-Care Practices

My interest in mind-body techniques and complementary medicine has allowed me to journey to some amazing places including workshops and training opportunities. Using my training with the Urban Zen Foundation and my yoga therapy training (RYT 200 + 500 hours), I help clients address anxiety insomnia, stress, trauma and chronic illness using a combination of guided imagery, breathing techniques, body scans, meditation and Mindfulness. I've studied aromatherapy and Reiki and still enjoy both, including self-Reiki and Reiki with clients, friends and family. Using the brilliance of neurobiology, western psychological theory, and the power of cutting-edge nutrition, yoga therapy, chakra work and other somatic psychotherapies, I truly enjoy helping clients who are open to these techniques heal on many levels. Together we can decide what would work best for your particular needs. Some examples of integrative therapy include: Mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more. 

Supervision + Private Practice Development

I enjoy helping new practitioners such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors and psychologists develop and build their private practices. I am happy to provide clinical supervision for cases, and I especially enjoy helping interested therapists blend mind-body medicine and complementary techniques into their existing psychotherapy practices.

Psychotherapy, Coaching + Consultation Services

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety and compulsive disorders
  • Eating disorders, emotional eating and body image issues
  • Borderline Personality Disorder BPD
  • Adolescents problems (behavioral, emotional, family, academic challenges)
  • Marriage / couples / relationship problems
  • Celebrity, gifted and talented individuals
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Addictions / drug addiction / process addictions / substance abuse / behavioral disorders / alcoholism
  • Sexual addiction
  • Adult survivors of abuse
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Childhood, developmental trauma and traumatic events
  • Self-harm
  • Self-sabatage and self-defeating behaviors
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Performance blocks using EMDR therapy
  • Surviving and managing relationships with borderline or narcissistic individuals / partners
  • Men’s issues
  • Women’s issues, transitions, parenting, caretaking, hormone imbalance
  • Environmental stressors and crisis management
  • Phase of life issues / aging
  • Sexual and relationship issues for individuals and couples
  • Life transitions
  • Work, creativity and career issues
  • Life purpose, existential and spiritual concerns

Professional Services 

  • Individual, couples, marital, family and group therapy
  • Weekend intensive workshops for couples
  • Coordination of services with school, medical practitioners, legal counsel, etc
  • Consultation and evaluation for potential in-patient residential treatment
  • Parent and new parent education and coaching
  • Addiction evaluations and assessments
  • Addiction therapy (drug, alcohol, sex, internet, gambling, eating, spending, shopping)
  • Executive coaching
  • Peak performance coaching
  • Clinical supervision, private practice building business and consulting
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Mindfulness, meditation and stress management coaching and instruction
  • Recovery support for individuals including their families
  • Self-care support and coaching
  • Referrals to medical and allied professionals in New York City

Therapy Approaches

  • Psychodynamic / psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness / meditation support
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • EMDR therapy
  • Focusing
  • Brainspotting for attachment and trauma resolution
  • Crisis counseling
  • Short-term and goal-oriented therapy
  • Cognitive therapy for depression
  • CBT
  • DBT skills

Modalities Offered

  • Individual
  • Marriage and relationships
  • Family
  • Group
  • Consultation
  • Coaching
  • Clinical supervision
  • Online via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA compliant service