Areas of Focus

Adolescent Behaviors: The behaviors that define this stage of development such as independence, self-centered actions, debating/bargaining, boundary crossing.  I work to help bridge the gap between the  teen and the parent to help adjust to the shift of control and aide in communication.

Anger Management: Anger is an emotion that we all experience. It can be spurred by disappointment, shame, confusion, sadness, and other negative emotions. The way that we express our anger can take many forms, and it is important for your mental state to effectively manage and release anger.

Individual Therapy: While the overall goal of therapy is the very vague ‘to be happier,’ you may not have any idea what that means for you yet. That’s okay. Your therapist can help you break down your overall goal into smaller, achievable goals. When you start therapy, your therapist can help you clarify what’s not working in your life.

Self Esteem- Life Transitions: Our self esteem has a large impact on how we live our life, our emotional stability, and our overall level of happiness. Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves, our own personal morale, but it is also affected by how others interact with us, and how we perceive other peoples’ feelings about us. Low self esteem can lead to feelings of worthlessness, make us avoid social situations, and lead to clinical depression.

Stress: We encounter stress in our lives every day. There are low stress decisions like what to cook for dinner and also high stress occurrences like the loss of a loved one. Effectively managing the stressors in our lives can be a cumbersome task. Our ability to manage our stress level can be directly related to our level of happiness and emotional well being.

Grief or Bereavement: Grief is what we experience after a significant loss in our lives. It is most commonly associated with the loss of a loved one, but can also apply to the loss of a job, home, pet, or other significant thing or possession in our lives.

Depression: Depression is a condition that affects millions of people. Many think that depression is just being sad or “down in the dumps” but this not the case. Depression is a chronic condition with symptoms that can vary between different people. Depression affects the way you live your life and you will seem like a different person than you once were.

Anxiety-Panic Attacks: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue, affecting over 25 million Americans. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time, but anxiety disorders are different.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): PTSD is a disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It is normal for people who have undergone trauma to have anxiety, trouble sleeping, fear, and other symptoms for up to a month after the event. If these symptoms persist, it could be a case of PTSD.

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder): OCD is a disorder where people have constant and repetitive thoughts, sensations, feelings, or impulses (obsessions) that they alleviate by performing tasks, rituals, or certain behaviors (compulsions). Common obsessions are contamination, hurting oneself or others, or cause of a catastrophic event among others. People with OCD feel like if they do not carry out the compulsions – counting, hoarding, ordering, checking, or performing another routine – they will allow their obsession to happen.

Couples Therapy: Let’s face it, couples argue. A certain amount of arguing is even healthy for a relationship. It helps bring relationship issues to the forefront so that they can be confronted and worked on to strengthen your bond. When these arguments carry on for long periods of time, become a frequent occurrence, or lead to violence they become a problem that weakens and endangers the relationship.

Family Therapy/Family Relationships: There are many issues that can arise in a family setting that can affect the family dynamic and cause emotional issues for different members of the family. Children are at the highest risk to be affected by these family issues. One of the main problems that arises are attachment issues, either becoming too dependent on a parent, or not forming enough of an attachment with a parent.

Compulsive Disorders/Addictions: People can become addicted to just about anything. Some of the more common addictions are smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, and shopping among countless others. An addiction is when you feel a compulsive need to do something and you have no ability to control that desire. Addictions can interfere with your way of life, be detrimental to your health, cause financial problems, damage your family or social relationships, and completely overtake your life. Addictions can also cause you to hurt yourself or someone you love.

Parent Coaching/Parenting Skills: Helping parents to acquire and maintain a skill set to aide in the success of their parenting ability.  Sometimes this is adding to the skill set already in existence and/or tweaking what is already there.

Life Coaching/Personal Growth: As a life coach, I help the client to make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems they are currently facing.  It operates largely on an accountability system.

Communication Skills: Every relationship, from work to home, is greatly affected by ones ability to effectively and appropriately communicate.  I work with clients to help them assess their current skills and what work still needs to be done in this area.

Infidelity: Whether physical or emotional, infidelity leaves one with a wide range of emotions.  I work to  help my clients know they can survive infidelity by providing a safe place where they can work through these emotions and experience healing.

Boundaries: When to say yes and when to say no….and how to effectively do this.  I work to help clients know the difference between helping and enabling and how saying yes too often can lead to a destructive relationship.  In turn, I also help clients understand when to say no  and how to do so in the “right” way.

Divorce Recovery: Recovering from divorce and the ending of a close relationship is not easy.  There is an adjustment process after a divorce and that is what I am here to assist with.

Women’s Concerns: While times may have changed, women still struggle with the socio / cultural / political forces that have defined their gender.  They also have some different healthcare needs than do men, approach relationships and developmental tasks differently, and often struggle with self-esteem, body image, and sexuality concerns.

Blended Families: A family formed by the remarriage of a divorced or widowed parent.  Along with this remarriage usually includes children from one or both partners.  There are struggles and differences that have to be worked out and planning that must take place for this family unit to be successful.

Parent Coordinator: As a certified parent coordinator for the state of Florida, I manage ongoing issues in high-conflict child custody and visitation cases.  I assist to develop and maintain court ordered parenting plans.  The parent coordinator may be chosen by the party itself or in some cases it is  court ordered.

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