Having worked several years as a therapist treating adolescents with dual disorders, I have come to be more aware of myself in the therapeutic relationship. Adolescents, like most people, prefer to work with someone who, "gets it" so to speak. As a therapist I present in a collaborative manner, working with my clients to make sure that they feel comfortable and are going on the track they intended when they initially sought therapy. Several studies have shown that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor to creating change, that's why I focus heavily on the foundation that I create with my clients, making sure they are feeling heard, understood and are not feeling treated like just another person. My theoretical foundations are based on object relations, existential, relational and other psychodnynamic approaches that assist my clients in creating a stronger relationship with themselves - so they can then apply what they learn to their relationships with others.
I work with a wide range of individuals, specialize in women's mental health and the treatment of addiction. Some of the common areas that I treat are: relationship problems, addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, family of origin issues, abuse, change, insecurities, problems managing stress, mood instability and anger. I work with adolescents and adults who have dual disorders and I have a solid background in the treatment of individuals who cope with dual disorders.
Mental Health Evaluations
Substance Abuse Evaluations (including Rule 25 format)
Family Dynamic Assessments