We all encounter difficult experiences in life that we struggle to work through on our own. Sometimes support from family and friends is sufficient, and at other times it is not. Therapy provides a confidential and supportive environment where you can openly and safely talk about things you do not feel comfortable sharing with those closest to you.
I integrate various theoretical approaches into therapy, but my underlying philosophy recognizes the potential of the individual and the value of the therapeutic relationship. My ability to be empathic, genuine and non-judgmental is a necessary part of the therapeutic process. Under these conditions, you are more likely to be open to self-exploration, a process that leads to a level of insight and awareness that is essential to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Group therapy is not the same as a peer support group, nor is it the same as a "psychoeducation" group where basic skills are taught from a manual or workbook. Group therapy is an endeavor in which I facilitate the psychological processing of what is occurring within the group and between group members in the moment.
This is an extremely powerful form of therapy where participants learn more nuanced aspects of themselves and others and, over time, begin to see improvements in their interpersonal effectiveness and confidence. Participants also tend to recognize how their interpersonal style of relating might be getting in the way of living a more fulfilling life, and better learn how to develop and maintain relationships built on mutual trust and respect.
I use psychological principles based on group dynamics, social psychology, and interpersonal communication to provide conflict resolution and consultation services to groups and organizations - e.g., churches, small businesses, corporations, government agencies, etc. - whose internal structures have been unsuccessful at resolving interpersonal conflicts among or between members/employees and that may be experiencing difficulty identifying barriers to meeting organizational goals.
I engage in a neutral, thoughtful, and confidential analysis of the interpersonal and/or organizational dynamics at play, often with a focus on communication and the underlying organizational structure. Following my analysis, I will offer recommendations to the parties involved and as agreed to prior to the consultation. This service is informed by psychological principles but is not psychotherapy.
I conduct psychological assessments that measure such things as personality organization, cognitive and emotional functioning, psychopathology, and overall psychosocial functioning. Assessments are usually initiated secondary to a referral from a mental health provider, a school/university, a physician, an attorney, or the courts.
Assessments vary in length and complexity depending on the specific referral question. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please contact me to schedule an initial consultation to discuss further.