Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy
- Relationship and Intimacy Issues
- Personal Boundaries and Assertiveness
- Life Direction and Transitions
- Communication Challenges
- Social Anxiety
- Low Self Esteem and Inner Critic/Perfectionism
- Work and Career Questioning
- Grief and Loss
- Family of Origin Relationship Conflicts
Individual Counseling for Men
Men have a unique set of challenges in our western culture. In my individual counseling practice, I work with men of all ages to explore their struggles in meeting societal expectations that have been transmitted through the media, their families of origin, or popular culture. A lack of communication skills or true understanding of one’s own emotional landscape (or what to do with those emotions!) are common themes for many men. Together, we can target your particular areas of concern and problem solve ways to facilitate progress.
Breaking the Cycle
As children we learn how to survive in our families of origin; the families in which we are raised. Every individual within a family unit has their own set of needs, abilities, weaknesses, and strengths. As such, we learn from those around us, most particularly our parents, about how to get along with others as well as how to stay loved and safe. When what we were once taught no longer serves us in our relationships we often find ourselves caught in a web of patterned behavior that has an incredibly sticky quality to it, and we get stuck in it. Without support and guidance shifting out of those patterns can seem impossible. Together, we can work toward clarity and positive change.
Relational Trauma & Narcissistic Abuse
Early childhood neglect and emotional abuse leave long lasting scars. As adults, anxiety, depression, self-doubt, and chronic guilt are just a few of the potential manifestations of these early wounds. When parental needs come first in a family system and the child’s needs are usurped, the family is considered narcissistic. A parent need not fit a clinical definition of narcissism, although this is often the case. I work with adults of all ages who struggle with the echoes of narcissistic abuse including difficulty with people pleasing, co-dependency and unsatisfying relationships.