|Counseling & Coaching
We all can feel "stuck" at different times in our lives. And, sometimes just getting through the day feels overwhelming. Working together, we can identify changes you hope to make and strategies to achieve them.
I work with individuals age 18+, and/or their families, who face a variety of challenges and stressors. Clients often are seeking support and guidance in one or more of these areas:
I also have extensive experience and expertise guiding young adults on the Asperger’s/autism/social communication disorder spectrum who are facing challenges related to life after high school. These clients, and/or their parents, often find it helpful to work with me as the young adult transitions to college, work, independent living, or dating.
I recognize that what works for someone else may not work for you. No one else has your set of genes or life experiences. I aim to be creative and respectful in adjusting my approach to what you feel is helpful. I will always welcome your feedback to ensure that our conversations are meaningful and productive. After a session, my clients often express appreciation that they have a "take-away", something useful for further reflection or action.
Couples & Marital Counseling
Are blowups happening more frequently? Are you avoiding difficult conversations? Are resentments starting to fester? After counseling couples for many years (and being married a long time myself), I know that few things are as stressful as an unhappy home life.
It can be hard to come in and talk about problems in your most intimate relationship. And you may hesitate for fear of being "blamed" or "judged." The truth is that, though couples sessions can stir up intense emotion at times, the purpose is not to decide who is "right" or "wrong" but to help you develop skills in communicating respectfully and resolving conflicts fairly.
Couples who see me are often struggling with:
- feeling misunderstood or devalued
- ongoing arguing that is unproductive and escalating
- not prioritizing or enjoying time together as a couple
- wondering how anyone can possibly "get over" an affair
Counseling will not eliminate conflict between the two of you. Life is stressful and conflict is inevitable when two people live together. But learning strategies for respectful communication, healthy conflict, and negotiating "win-win" compromises will give you a chance to get your relationship on the right track.