Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling, Consultations, Coaching, In Office and Also Through Internet or Phone.
In my 25 years of general psychotherapy practice and on staff with organizations in Marin County and San Francisco, I work with you in a respectful, collaborative, strength-based and individual way, based on your needs and goals. I've worked successfully with hundreds of people with various challenges in living and I'm an advocate of personal rights and healthy connection.
Individual Therapy or Counseling
Studies have shown that the single most important predictor of successful outcomes in therapy is the right fit between the therapist and client. In this regard, I am trained with evidence-based best practices and respect for your process of healing and growth to actively work with you from our first contact, on phone or through email. You may need help with a single challenging or difficult transition; a "tune-up" for your relationship; a wound or loss from long ago or recently; a need to gain more trust in self. You may suffer from anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress. I actively endeavor to maintain a safe environment with a healthy equal power dynamic so you can have better outcomes in therapy and in your life. We can work together short or longer-term.
Couple Therapy, Family Conflict Resolution.
Depending on individual goals, I collaboratively work to help each member identify and change dysfunctional patterns, gain relief from rigid roles, "hear" each other's feelings, needs, and thoughts, focus on commonalities and respect differences to move forward with healthier engagement. This often includes using effective communication skills, understanding boundaries, active listening, and knowing limits. Agreeements and new patterns can be developed that lead to healthier relationships, respectful of individual differences and commonalities, resulting in a better quality of life for individuals, relationships, and families.
We all have group experience beginning in our family of origin, in organizations, special interest groups, with a group of friends, etc. I have experienced the healthy and unhealthy aspects of groups and so have you, I imagine! People who are interested in the various groups I facilitate are often drawn to them with some anxiety, curiosity, hope, and excitement. They tell me that while they've experienced individual therapy, they'd like to have the experience of learning from others and having acknowledgement in a safe, therapeutic group environment. I've witnessed the amazing power of groups in giving individuals opportunities to heal and change, feel more comfortable and stronger within themselves, learn more adaptive skills, find relief from old, outgrown roles and self-limiting, inacurrate beliefs. Groups can offer us a microcosm of our lives outside and in a more protected environment, give us opportunities to try out new behaviors. Although on an individual process of healing and growth, groups are a way that we can be on a journey together. And what a enriching journey it can be! (See more about my groups in the "Group Psychotherapy" section).
Consultations With Parents of an Adult Child Involved in a High Demand Group (See my High Demand Group Section via home page)
For Mental Health Professionals
I offer consultations related to my specialty of working with individuals, families and couples affected by high demand groups and relationships, including spiritually abusive groups, clergy abuse, and domestic violence or abuse. These relationships demand total commitment in an unequal power dynamic of dominance and submissiveness, with loss of individual rights and freedoms.