Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapy, Counseling, Consultations, In Office and Also Teleheallth from your own home via a secure internet site or Phone.
With 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, individualized 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 in relationships and groups.
Individual Therapy or Counseling
Face-to-Face or via Doxy.me or Zoom Secure Internet Sessions
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.
Telehealth May Be Your Choice!
Telehealth is becoming an increasingly popular option for clients who choose to talk with me via phone or see and hear me individually, in a group or workshop via internet from the comfort of their home. Telehealth is a way to save money, time, and traffic stress. We may opt for all telehealth sessions, alternate face-to-face in my office for individual or group sessions, schedule telehealth sessions when you're feeling sick or when the car breaks down. Face-to-face sessions may continue to be your choice. See my section on Telehealth.
Couple Therapy, Family Conflict Resolution, Mother-Daughter Relationships
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. We focus on commonalities and differences to move forward with healthier interaction. This often includes learning and using effective communication skills, understanding and setting boundaries, active listening, knowing limits and engaging in successful problem-solving and negotiation skills. Agreeements and new patterns can be developed that result in a better quality of life for individuals, relationships, and families. (See my sections on couple, group, family and mother-daughter relationships.
We all have group experience beginning in our family of origin, in organizations, special interest groups, friends, etc. I have experienced the healthy and unhealthy aspects of groups and so have you, I imagine! People who are drawn to one of the 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, gaining acknowledgement and knowing they're not alone 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 travel on a journey together. And what an enriching journey it can be! (See more about my groups in the "Group Psychotherapy" section).
Consultations With Partners, Family Members, or Parents of a 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 one of my specialties 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 with coercive influence and loss of individual rights and freedoms.