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Providing individual, couples and family counseling in Sarasota, FL and the surrounding communities of Bradenton and Venice with zip codes including  34239, 34231, 34232, 34233, 34236, 34237, 34238.

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Working through Depression:
    Episodic, Up and Down Manic Depression or Bipolar, Continuous low level depression, Situational, Sudden plummeting depression, Nagging irritability, and Mild Blah feelings. Just when you may have low levels of energy and are quite discouraged, how can you take the action necessary to wrestle with depression? Many people find it difficult to look at their major concerns from the different perspectives that can lean one toward healing or by experimenting with a range of practical approaches that can lead to positive results.

  • Driving Anxiety Down:
    Worries that keep thoughts from other things, Repeated unrealistic overfocusing, Concerns about different things almost every day, Feeling stuck or trapped in concerns that prevent progress toward wishes.

  • Handling Panicky Times:
    Approaches and Methods to explore, Things to do prior, during, and after, Medication monitoring if you choose that approach, Helping others understand and assist as needed.

  • Sustaining Couple Engagement:
    Marriage and any relationship for communication, stress, problem solving, making requests, agreements, and acceptance.

  • Strengthening Families:
    For individuals seeking to understand others, For those seeking to be understood, For power struggles, abuses, defiant teen behavior, extended family problems and concerns. Family Counseling or counseling about family dynamics or family members can give us fresh perspectives, even if we do not have the power to change the situation or someone else. Understanding our own role as well as others’ helps us on our way toward acceptance.

  • Exercising Parenting Skills:
    Meeting needs, setting boundaries, being in charge with love, divorce, grief, co-parenting, using a positive approach, responding rather than reacting, communicating clearly, choices - consequences-consistency, being encouraging, hearing and empathetic responses, dealing with a difficult ex, living with a teenager, consequences that are logical and natural, helpful discipline, healthy home environment, role modeling and values.

  • Handling Personal Loss:
    Working through the feelings, life changes and logistical struggles while further defining yourself and defining your new goals.

  • Acting on Work and Career Issues:
    Work choices and fulfillment, time management, impossible work loads, dealing with many personalities including difficult or hurtful people while maintaining your self-esteem.

  • Rendering Stress Manageable:
    Dealing with the feelings and the stressors, organization, expectations, handling problem people and the physical consequences of the resultant sleep problems, frozen cluttered or distracted thinking, taking care of yourself.

  • Surmounting Addiction & Recovery:
    Sourcing ways to change your relationship with the vortex of eating addiction, love addiction, sexual addiction, exercise addiction, gambling addiction, sedative addiction, stimulant addiction, marijuana addiction, caffeine addiction, alcohol addiction, and yes - shopping addiction.

  • Participating in Conflict Resolution:
    Problem solving models and methods merged with personalities and situations, staying true to your values while exploring possible win-win options, working on your own feelings thoughts and behaviors as part of the cyclical nature of recurrent issues, family of origin beliefs and ways of coping that still influence you even though the connection may not be evident to you, remaining mature while in difficult situations, allowing others to be different while practicing acceptance and personal growth.

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.

Additional Training in:

  • Modifying Emotions, Moods, & Pain: We’ve all been hurt, moody, or emotional. Facing these and clarifying how you feel is the beginning of sorting out what that means to you and about you and how your reactions to it affect your life.

  • Wrestling with Severe Anxiety and Panic: When worry is constant, can’t seem to be stopped, causes panic attacks, even with no known trigger, makes you leave or run out of places, or stops you from doing things you really would like to.

  • Working Out the Information Anger Provides: Understanding your personal good reasons for your anger, your triggers, and the thinking, assumptions, beliefs, and behavior that cause anger to build up and at times may end up becoming overreactions that while said like it is for you, cause harm to the very relationship it is intended to fix.

  • Awakening to Emotional Manipulation: Are your buttons being pushed? Do you feel like you are doing things you don’t really want to be doing?

  • Enhancing Boundaries: Maintaining personal dignity by distinguishing for yourself what is over the line for you. Working to match your beliefs and your behavior so you present clear expectations and deal only with what you have in your control.

  • Sustaining Couples to Figure out Affairs: This is usually extremely tumultuous, devastating and upending. It does not necessarily have to end the marriage or relationship. Staying in the, “I’m not sure” stage gives you the ability to process so that it does not become a repeating pattern (whichever side you are on) and the possibility for both partners to learn, regroup, and redecide.

  • Maintaining Mental Health and Children: Parents, while adapting to their particular children, can also hold some skill sets to make family life easier. Ask questions and really listen. Honor and reflect feelings before moving on to problem solving. Have compassion and boundaries.

  • Augmenting Parenting: Learning to stay the course from a place of balance within yourself so that you can be compassionate and yet just distant enough to be gently assertive and consistent Augmenting Parenting: Learning to stay the course from a place of balance within yourself so that you can be compassionate and yet just distant enough to be gently assertive and consistent.

  • Escaping Self-Injurious Behavior: Recognizing that all behavior has a positive intention - even though it may be very misguided - can help us rethink the purpose of self-injury and guide our approach.

  • Addressing Personality Problems: Odd behaviors of many sorts can be disconcerting for those around and because of their enduring nature they are often frustrating to everyone involved.

  • Relating Health Issues and Emotional Turmoil: Getting sick changes emotions, ways of looking at life, and our dreams. We are much more likely to be irritable, depressed, angry and/or withdrawn. We may go into the sick role, beg for attention or even request things to be done for us that we can do for ourselves. Getting help for yourself and your loved one can work toward easing difficult times and transitions.

  • Handing Yourself the Tool of Expressive Writing: Helps a therapist be in the moment with you, even if that moment was during the week. It is an opportunity to look inside to gain insight and it tends to evolve toward eliciting creative solutions that are more consistent with the writer. This therapeutic tool is highly recommended because its effectiveness.

  • Coping with Grief: The hard losses of any kind can set us back or put us in a totally different space. Being with your loss, your loved ones, and your inner self can help to honor it until you can grow from it.

  • Committing to own and deal with substance use, periodic or recurrent overuse, or abuse: Finding the courage to acknowledge that despite the positives, problems have surfaced and may have built up.

  • Reacting to Methamphetamine Addiction: Pursuing the positive intention behind the behavior of using. Understanding its deceit and figuring out ways to address the real need.

  • Preventing Relapse: After any change, old behaviors can easily come back. Relapse prevention helps us minimize that chance.

  • Reducing Compulsive Exercise: Fortifying through exercise improves confidence and reduces anxiety, but sometimes becomes too much.

  • Ferreting out Bulimic Symptoms: This may not involve purging. Fasting or excessive exercising can serve the purpose as well. Emotional soothing becomes cyclic and habit forming in such a way that the symptoms actually become worse despite the positive intentions.

  • Cultivating Practical Eating: Work toward finding your contributing factors by investigating thoughts, feelings, beliefs, situations, habits, early messages, fears, assumptions.

  • Living as Adolescents: Trying to restyle their lives while stressors erupt everywhere.

  • Combating Domestic Violence by caring enough for yourself to re-decide your own values and strengths and by stepping out into the unknown with the help of professionals. Families and the community can help by knowing the signs, being willing to listen without judgement, helping to create support networks and making the call. Then check in regularly and document.

  • Rethinking Sexual Assault: Horrendous events can negatively change the meanings we attribute to people, places, and things. Choosing to become more aware and to consciously challenge and rethink our assigned meanings can help to open up life again.

  • Honoring Gender Identity: Trying to be who we are not doesn’t work in the long run. Many symptoms can be a result of this inconsistency.

  • Confronting Childhood Trauma: Reactions to things that happened in childhood can affect us long after, even throughout our lives. Awareness and actions are available to reduce our often hidden problems.

  • Taking Charge of Behavior Problems: Whether you don’t like your own behavior or others, your taking initiative regarding what you have control of can make a difference. Sometimes it is subtle and over time while other times it takes action with grounded confidence.

  • Considering Sexual Problems: Those bothersome things often not discussed can harm relationships, produce a negative self-image and deplete your joy. Talking is a first step to helping yourself.

  • Circumventing Psychotic Disorders: With good medical attention, medication management, and consistent goal directed conversations there can be a reduction of symptoms and a shift in thinking toward reaching healthy goals.

  • Clarifying Psychopharmacology: Of the many ways to deal with things, there are times when the role of biology takes the upper hand. Understanding medications, having a trained eye for monitoring and making sure progress stays on course can make all the difference. Coping skills can dramatically increase when people are not fighting with biology.

  • Sustaining Emotional Health in HIV/AIDS and other Chronic Diseases: Whenever our bodies get us down, emotions generally follow. Having a physical and emotional support system can make matters much better, yet we need to utilize them and may need a change in belief system so that valuing independence and the guilt of not having independence don’t lead to depression, isolation, loneliness and despair.

  • Accepting End of Life Care: Leaving life with as much dignity and love as possible, being open about wishes or helping your loved one to.

  • Distinguishing Trauma: When something overwhelms us to the point where it is very, very difficult to function and others don’t understand, we need someone to help sort through the meanings we have given to unnerving events.

  • Supporting Sleep: Building a combination of biological readiness, environmental conditions, and behavioral patterns that turn into habits that yield quality sleep.

  • Comprehending Brain Injury: When we understand what’s going on and what we might expect, it serves to reduce our confusion and make our fears more manageable.

  • Activating for Women’s Health: The emotional and physical changes in life for women can be perplexing and what seems like one thing can be another. It serves women well to make good health a priority.

  • Staying Focused on Solutions: Utilizing your goals and what you do toward making the differences you want.

  • Incorporating Diverse Populations: Respecting differences in values, traditions, customs, and associated meanings.

  • Supporting Complementary and Alternative Medicine such as chiropractic, homeopathy, Oriental medicine and others because although not fully understood by this writer, there is validity in their effectiveness.

  • Engaging in Motivational Interviewing: Encouraging intrinsic motivation to increase readiness for change by addressing ambivalence, confusion, and comparing personal goals to the resultant effects .

  • Applying Cognitive Behavioral Interventions: Oversimplified, but effective is the concept of thoughts --> feelings --> behavior, which lead to consequences for or against us. If you have the power to make it worse, could you also have the power to make it better? Thinking can make something seem impossible to deal with, like a fact set in concrete, but reengineering your thinking can lead to very different feelings and very different outcomes. Sometimes it is simple.

  • Operating Despite the Residual Symptoms of PTSD: By adjusting trauma filled thoughts, finding alternative interpretations and substituting planned responses for automatic reactions can change how a person deals with negative or overwhelming feelings.

  • Determining ADHD in Adults: This is more subtle than in children because the high energy in adults shows itself as restlessness, having problems staying organized, procrastination of starting focused tasks, difficulty finishing projects, having a hard time sustaining listening, or being on time and may be perceived in marriage as not caring.

  • Living Well with ADD: Using your hyper focus to your benefit. Creating systems to avoid problems with distraction, inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and forgetfulness.