You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
— Rabindranath Tagore

working together to bring about lasting change

For over 20 years I've worked with families, couples, and individuals both young and old to build collaborative and goal directed relationships focused on creating real and lasting change.  This passion for facilitating change has been expressed through work as director of outpatient clinics and a residential treatment facility for young women, as well as direct clinical service with clients in Hawaii, Los Angeles, and in the suburbs and inner-city of Chicago and Milwaukee.  I bring this diverse experience and understanding with me into each session, realizing that change can happen in every situation regardless of how things may look.

We each have unique challenges and strengths.  Honoring both while engaging the latter ultimately serves as the foundation for growth and positive change.  

I make a special effort to ensure that each person and family I work with is treated as unique, bringing into the session their strengths, skills and abilities which ultimately serve as the catalyst for growth and positive change.  Harnessing each of these along I work hand-in-hand with these seeking support to establish goals that serve as the map toward positive outcomes.  

Those I work with are often seeking support for a variety of reasons.  These may include anxiety, stress, feelings of depression, survivors of traumatic experiences, difficulty managing behaviors, doubt and insecurity, familial and marital conflict, addiction and managing life's many transitions.  The ever-present goal remains harnessing ones ability to resolve conflicts and crises and move forward better prepared to cope with stressors as they arise and to appreciate the positive experiences that lie ahead.  The approach used is built on the tenets of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, is strength based and works to collaborate with those resources that will help people reach their goals. 

Throughout it all though I strive to guide individuals toward their strengths, as well as find those aspects of their everyday lives that will serve to assist them along the way.  Because, to me, psychotherapy is less about realizing who you "can be" and more about recognizing and appreciating the inherent strengths of who you are.  Once that's done, the goals of therapy are made that much more attainable.