Through individual therapy, I help clients sort through and transform experiences and feelings they struggle with, while also helping cultivate curiosity and awareness about who they are. The people I work with usually have sought out therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, relationship or dating issues, family difficulties, or current or past traumatic experiences (or some combination of those common issues). Though we will maintain a focus on concerns that brought you into therapy, as we move further into the process we may find many valuable connections and emotionally impactful experiences that find their way into sessions. In these sessions (usually weekly), you determine the pace and depth, and I gently guide the process with attention to helping you safely navigate feelings and using our time together effectively.
Clients often say their goal for therapy is to “feel better”. I want you to not only feel more at ease as a result of therapy, but also to improve your capacity to feel your feelings better, too. Through the therapy process, painful feelings and traumatic experiences can shift in ways that are easier to us feel…less sharp, less overwhelming, less blindsiding, and more integrated into the way we think about and see ourselves.
Over time, many couples find challenges emerge such as repetitive disagreements, disappointments, difficulty in communication, attempts to “change” each other, emotional and physical disconnection, and feeling not understood by a partner. Most couples experience conflict, but how we deal with conflict is what really matters. Staying emotionally attuned, even when stressed, sad or angry, is how we maintain and repair the relationship. Couples counseling can be particularly useful when a couple feels they keep painfully “going around in circles” when it comes to solving their problems on their own, an ongoing cycle of disrepair.
Each partner’s own unique psychological makeup, temperament, personal history, and family background are most assuredly present in sessions. Issues arising in a current relationship often reflect individual experiences and emotions that predate that relationship. In therapy, we work on communicating and understanding each partner’s perception of specific issues while also developing insight and sensitivity around each partner’s unique history of relationships, family issues, vulnerabilities and strengths.
Adult Family Therapy
Sometimes, people need assistance to work through difficult issues in a family context. Family therapy can be tremendously helpful for challenges that exist between adult family members, such as the impact of a mental or medical illness on the family, life transitions, communication problems, “Failure-to-launch” issues, or working through past issues in the family. Even if someone is in individual therapy, adjunctive family therapy with the same or a different practitioner can help with symptoms, communication, and support.
Co-worker or “Band” Therapy
Much like couples and families, those related by efforts, not by blood, occasionally find they have interpersonal conflicts that are difficult to overcome and impact the work they do together. Meeting in a safe, nonjudgmental, therapeutic setting to discuss issues around communication, trust, and personal experience can be valuable “outside-of-the-box” way to for business or creative partners to approach these challenges.
I particularly enjoy working with artists, musicians, writers, and other creative individuals. Participating as a SIMS Foundation provider for many years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Austin musicians facing wide ranging issues. There are often specific challenges related to the artistic process and a “creative lifestyle” that are well suited to the growth and discovery found through psychotherapy. Issues such as confronting procrastination and creative blocks, working through feelings around criticism, self-esteem and success, and managing unique relationship challenges related to time or art-making are not uncommon.
Supervision and Consultation
Assisting emerging and established professionals sharpen their clinical skills is something I love to do. The exercise of discussing cases, digging into theory and practice, and playing with relevant readings is enriches the new professional and energizes the seasoned therapist. Effective supervision and consultation can enhance your ability to conduct accurate clinical assessment, clearly conceptualize cases, and provide top-notch psychotherapy. It can also promote deeper insight into your own clinical practice and theoretical approach.