Psychotherapy & Counseling

I offer psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. I practice Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, an approach I have developed over many years in practice. Based on my work with people and my training in many different modalities and orientations, I believe that harm reduction principles frame how to best begin the work and facilitate healing, growth and positive change. Effective therapy “starts where the person is” in terms of your needs, goals, values, personal preferences, strengths and cultural background. This enables a collaborative therapeutic relationship in which we can together decide on the focus of the work and what strategies and approach will best meet your needs. Every positive change is viewed as a valuable part of the process of moving toward your personal goals. The integrative aspect reflects a belief that the personal struggles you bring to therapy may be related to problems in your thinking, feelings, body, relationships, spirituality, lifestyle and social context. I use strategies that address each of these areas that are relevant to your needs. I bring together active skills-building strategies to support positive change in problematic feelings, behavior and thinking with an exploratory focus on clarifying the various personal and social meanings that these problems express or reflect. The approach integrates cognitive-behavioral, psychoanalytic, and motivational strategies with experiential practices of awareness/mindfulness and relaxation training. This approach evolved out of my work primarily with people with problematic substance use and other potentially risky behavior (sex, eating, gambling, cutting, shopping, etc.) but is equally useful for the full range of problems of living such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem problems, identity concerns, relationship problems and work, school and lifestyle problems.

Types of Therapy:

  • Comprehensive Substance Use Evaluation and Planning
  • Intensive Stabilization
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couple’s Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
    • Harm reduction group
    • Moderate drinking group
    • Abstinence group
    • Young adult group
    • Professionals and business executives group
    • Mindfulness/self-management skills group

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