About my practice

My clients

  • Adults with issues of depression, fear and anxiety, sexuality, addiction and compulsions, beginning and ending relationships, empowerment, and forgiveness for oneself and others.
  • Adults couples whose relationship issues are a central focus. I help them develop skills for better communication and deeper intimacy, become more comfortable with the conflict that often needs to happen, and risk vulnerability when it is safe to do that within the relationship.
  • LGBTQ teenagers, college students, young adults, and adults dealing with issues of coming out, finding healthy relationship, creating community, resolving conflicts with religious background, and social change.
  • Gay men married to women who are acknowledging their sexuality and wanting support to address the next steps in their marriage and family.
  • Teenagers, college students, and young adults who are struggling with their emerging independence from the family and facing the challenges of young adulthood and leaving home.
  • Senior adults facing old age, retirement, loss, changing relationships, and illness.
  • Parents working with child and family development issues regarding children from birth through young adulthood.  Often it is hard for parents to support their children’s emerging independence when it is not easy to figure out what healthy support looks like.
  • Parents of adult children whose legal and emotional problems prevent them from creating a stable independence.

My specialties

  • Helping individuals know themselves better, communicate better with feelings, and deal with conflicts constructively.
  • Helping couples to improve and deepen emotional intimacy.
  • Working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals through all stages of coming out and the related issues with family, work, relationships, fear, depression, addictive/compulsive behaviors and HIV.
  • Increasing skill and comfort around issues of power.  Sometimes this means confronting abuses of power such as sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional abuse.  Other times this means becoming more powerful in one’s life to deal more successfully around conflicts with other important people.
  • Exploring issues of sexual identify and sexual functioning.  These vary widely and may include individuals whose sexuality is inhibited or impaired, sexuality within and outside of romantic relationship, and sexual addiction.
  • Addressing issues around gender and the burdens that come for people who don’t easily fit in traditional words of masculine/feminine and male/female.
  • Dealing with issues of loss and grief and risking the growth that happens through letting go.