My child, adolescent and family therapy practice is available to support all members of the family struggling to adjust to significant life changes, managing crisis, or engaging in at-risk behaviors. It offers a safe place for children where they can address their fears, learn to regulate their emotions, and soothe themselves during the treatment. For teenagers it provides family-based and multi-systemic treatment which research has shown to be the most effective for adolescents. For parents it offers a comfortable forum away from children to work on their marital relationship, develop better communication skills and enhance the quality of their intimacy.
In addition my therapy practice includes working with individuals, couples and families in the following areas:
The process of divorce by its nature inflames the wounds of a relationship and puts a separating couple in a high emotional state. Therapy offers them a place to address their feelings and in a manner that is separate from the legal proceedings.
Adjustment to Separation, Divorce or Loss of a Parent
Children experiencing a divorce often struggle to adapt to the parents’ separation and end of the marriage. Their behavior changes and they respond in unhealthy ways including acting out, feeling alienated or experiencing mood swings. Therapy helps children to adapt to changes in positive and emotionally healthy ways.
Parenting Skills & Coaching
I work with parents to improve their skills in areas where they lack confidence. Together we develop their strengths to create a comfortable parenting style that gives them the skills and tools to raise emotionally resilient and healthy children.
Multiracial and Ethnic Identity Development
Families adopting outside of their racial or ethnic groups can find it difficult to talk to their children about racism and bias. I help parents communicate and support their children in dealing with conflict as it arises—while helping the children develop an identity that embraces their family and encompasses their heritage.
Divorce Coaching is part of the collaborative divorce process and works differently than therapy. It is a structured practice that focuses directly on enhancing communications skills during the divorce negotiation session, rather than treatment of symptoms or cause of emotional distress. As a Child Specialist, I work directly with the children to give them a voice in the divorce process, so that the children’s expressed concerns and needs are taken into consideration.